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

By Thomas Elliot Norton

The heritage of good artwork auctions in the United States is an indelible list of public opinion within the realm of aesthetics and style. In each public sale, the murals that has the best allure instructions the top expense, and a studying of the roster of gadgets and artists most often chosen offers a transparent and engaging photo of the evolution of style and style in America.

The background of Sotheby Parke Bernet and its predecessor organizations in the United States 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 technique. taking a look at the various illustrations of artistic endeavors offered over the process a century, we're mesmerized by way of the diversity of items that experience undergone their public sale rooms.

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1862. Oil on The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio. Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey. As Jeime Femme Cueillant des canvas, 43'/i Fleurs, lot 50 x 5314". in the sale of the T J. Blakeslee Mendelssohn Hall under the management of the American Art Association on April 10—11, 1902. The selling price was collection, held at S550. 53 The 1903 With the help of the United States, Panama declares its independence from Colombia, a preliminary to the building of the Pan- ama of the collection of Barbizon paintings belonging to the pioneer Boston Warren got the year off to a good start on January 8, and two weeks later one of the most illustrious auctions ever held in New York took place sale collector Mrs.

Lot auction of Old Masters belonging to admission to the painters' guild of Brussels, in about 1435. Henry Lee Higginson (1834-1919), Museum who gave of Fine Arts, was Gift of Mr. and Mrs. the painting to the 67 Brahmin financier and founder of the Boston Symphony. Saint Luke was the first major Flemish painting to enter an American public in the His Highness Durcal, ciation Don Pedro de Borbon, managed by and held 10-11, 1889. The at Duque de American Art AssoChickering Hall on April the painting had been in the Span- collection, fittingly the gift factor whose of a generous bene- favorite motto, taken Duke of Devonshire's ish royal collection since the 1830s.

Wolfe Fund, 1896. Catherine Lorillard Wolfe Collection. Lot 16, William Schaus collection tion, sale, American Art Associa- February 28. 1896. The purchase price was 825,200. Opposite below: Charles-Francois Daubigny. A wood Museum River Landscape with Storks. 1864. Oil on panel, 9Vi x 17 5/s". The Metropolitan of Art, New York. Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913. Lot 7, William Schaus auction, American Art Association, February 28, 1896. 200. One of the 1897 Jozef Israels. x Tlie Bargeman. Oil on canvas, 22' is Israels sold at the Sotheby Parke Bemet, New York, for $11,000*.

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