Ruth Teschner Costantino papers, 1923-1981

Costantino, Ruth Teschner, b. 1892 d. 1981
Active in New York, N.Y.

Collection size: 0.4 linear ft.

Collection Summary: Four passports, 1958-1972; correspondence; financial material including an account book, invoices, and receipts; printed materials, 1923-1971, including clippings, programs, and brochures; an autobiographical essay and articles on Italy; and a photograph, 1966, of 2 unidentified men.

Biographical/Historical Note: Art dealer; New York, N.Y. Opened the Ruth Teschner Gallery in 1912. In 1935 she established another gallery, Connoisseur Inc., which closed after her death. A dealer in painting, sculpture, and antiques, she advised such collectors as Walter C. Baker, Stavros Niarchos, Henry Ford, Robert Lehman, and Asila Mellon Bruce. Her husband, Arturo Costantino, an Italian diplomat and banker had a substantial role in the building of the Italian Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair.

Donated by Mrs. Helen Fioratti, Ruth Teschner Costantino's daughter, 1983.

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