100 Years of Collecting in America: The Story of Sotheby by Thomas Elliot Norton

By Thomas Elliot Norton

The heritage of excellent artwork auctions in the USA is an indelible list of public opinion within the realm of aesthetics and style. In each public sale, the murals that has the best charm instructions the top cost, and a studying of the roster of items and artists most often chosen provides a transparent and interesting photo of the evolution of style and flavor in America.

The heritage of Sotheby Parke Bernet and its predecessor organizations in the US provides us a brief synopsis ot the place we have been and the way we've got replaced and what kind of we loved ourselves within the method. taking a look at the various illustrations of artistic endeavors bought over the process a century, we're mesmerized by way of the variety of items that experience undergone their public sale rooms.

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Silk, 65 x 44". Private Mannheim. Germany. Lot 1285 in H. G. 000. In 1925 it brought $8,800 at an American Art Association auction; in 1969 the Kevorkian Foundation sold it at Sotheby's, London, tor £2,000; and in 1976 the present it at a Luca owner acquired Sotheby's. London, sale for £17,000. della Enameled Robbia. Madonna terra-cotta, 19 politan Museum Dwight Bliss, 1966. quand sale at x in a Niche, 15'/i". c. 1450. The Metro- of Art. Bequest of Susan Lot 1198 in the H. G. Marthe American Art Association, January 24-31, 1903, fetched $8, 600.

As if to silence those who may have felt that 2,154 catalogued lots of such splendor were a bit much for any one person to own, Sturgis concluded his essay by declaring, "It was not really confusion; it was profusion. The splendor of one rich work of art need never do harm to the tranquil sweetness of another. He must be a far less sagacious student of art than was the owner of these treasures, if it be ever found in his beloved rooms that there is too much of anything, no matter how "chase the elusive thing with the prize.

Bequest George H. Webster. Lot 246 in the American ot Art Association's Thomas B. Clarke sale, Chickering Hall, February 14-17, 1899. The price was S375. Opposite: Thomas — Noontime, Pollock Anschutz. Iron- 1880-82. Oil on canvas, The Fine Arts Museums of San FranM. H. de Young Memorial Museum. workers c. 17 x 24". cisco, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lot 56 in the Thomas John D. Rockefeller B. Clarke collection III. sale, Chickering Hall, February 14-17, 1899. It brought S150. On time, October 18, 1972, as Steelworkers' the picture Bernet, was sold New York, in the Dr.

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