She had a particular penchant for East-Asian handicrafts and antiques.
Over the years, she collected many rare antiques and curious artefacts at the Black House which she then would relish in showing to her guests, like in an old-fashioned cabinet of curiosities. This provided topics of discussion for the visitors to the Black House.
Many of these objects came from Erich Bowien, Erwin Bowien’s father, who ran a luxury store for East-Asian imports and handicrafts on the Bahnhofstrasse in Zürich.
Many objects have been lost over the years. Only a very small portion of the original material exists today