“This book extensively documents Duveen’s practices and, in so doing, builds a convincing case for the firm’s centrality in the development of American taste for European decorative arts and Chinese porcelain.”—Ian Wardropper, director, The Frick Collection
Active in London, Paris, and New York, Duveen Brothers was the most prominent art and antique dealer from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The firm’s success came from buying furniture, tapestries, porcelain, and other objets d’art and selling it at high prices to wealthy Americans, including Henry Clay Frick, John D. Rockefeller Jr., Arabella Huntington, and John Pierpont Morgan. Making extensive use of Duveen Brothers records at the Getty Research Institute, as well as letters and invoices in the archives of the firm’s clients, Vignon provides a rich study of this influential firm in the history of collecting.
Charlotte Vignon is curator of decorative arts at The Frick Collection.
Table of Contents
- PART 1: Commercial Strategies and Tricks of the Trade
Chapter 1: Toward the Conquest of London, New York, and Paris
Chapter 2: Art Dealers and Interior Decorators
Chapter 3: Issues of Restoration, Authenticity, and Expertise
Chapter 4: Flouting U. S. Law at Duveen Brothers
- PART 2: The Trade in Decorative Arts at Duveen Brothers
Chapter 5: Duveen Brothers: Dealers in Chinese Porcelain
Chapter 6: Duveen Brothers: Dealers in Eighteenth-Century French Furniture and Objets d’Art
Chapter 7: Duveen Brothers: Dealers in Medieval and Renaissance Furniture and Objets d’Art
- Abbreviations and Sources
- Photo Credits