Staempfli Gallery records, 1958-1992

A Finding Aid to the Staempfli Gallery Records, 1958-1992, in the Archives of American Art, by Erin Corley

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Historical Information

Staempfli Gallery (est. 1959-1988) was an art gallery in New York, N.Y. founded by George Staempfli and specializing in modern art by European and American artists. George William Staempfli (1910-1999) was born in Bern, Switzerland, and moved to the United States in 1935. He worked at M. Knoedler & Company and was curator of paintings the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston from 1954 to 1956. He founded Staempfli Gallery in 1959 and exhibited the work of a variety of artists. Phillip A. Bruno served as co-director for over twenty years, until the gallery officially closed in 1988. George Staempfli retired to Annapolis, Maryland, in 1992, and lived there until his death in 1999.

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Overview of the Collection

Scope and Contents

The Staempfli Gallery records measure 5.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1992. Scattered administrative and financial records, sales invoices, inventory records, and exhibition catalogs document the business activities of this New York gallery.

Administrative records include certificates of incorporation, minutes and by-laws, lease forms, and an employment agreement between Staempfli Gallery and its director Phillip A. Bruno. One file of correspondence includes letters to and from George Staempfli.

Financial records of are not comprehensive and primarily document financial activities from the late 1970s and 1980s. Included are annual financial reports, income tax records, records of commissions, and shipping invoices. During the mid-1980s the gallery had a sales tax audit, and many of the records of the gallery, including correspondence and notes regarding sales, sales invoices, and shipping records from 1980 to 1985 were gathered and can be found within these files.

Sales invoices are from 1986 to 1988 and include sales from the Chicago International Art Expo and Art Basel. Additional information regarding sale of artwork can also be found in the inventory records which consist of three inventory lists and an inventory card file. The inventory card file was maintained during the entire operation of the gallery from 1959 to 1992. Each work of art was given its own card and was filed alphabetically by artist. Researchers should note that cards for artists with a last name beginning with C through K were not included in the donation to the Archives of American Art.

Exhibition catalogs document one-person shows of modern American and European painters and sculptors, and several group exhibitions are also included. A few of the catalogs include annotations regarding price and sale of the exhibited works.

Arrangement and Series Description

The collection is arranged as 5 series:

Subjects and Names

This collection is indexed in the online catalog of the Archives of American Art under the following terms:

Subjects:

  • Bruno, Phillip A.
  • Chicago International Art Exposition
  • International Art Fair

Subjects-Topical:

  • Art galleries, Commercial--New York (State)--New York
  • Art, Modern
  • Painters
  • Sculptors

Types of Materials:

  • Financial Records
  • Minutes
  • Tax Records

Names:

  • Staempfli, George W.

Provenance

Exhibition Catalogs were donated in 1989 by Philip Bruno, co-director of Staempfli Gallery. Additional records of the Staempfli Gallery were donated in 2010 by Candida Steel, George Staempfli's daughter.

How the Collection was Processed

The Staempfli Gallery records were merged with the earlier donated collection of Staempfli Gallery exhibition catalogs, and fully processed and described by Erin Corley in 2011.


How to Use the Collection

Restrictions on Use

Use of original papers requires an appointment.

Ownership & Literary Rights

The Staempfli Gallery records are owned by the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. Literary rights as possessed by the donor have been dedicated to public use for research, study, and scholarship. The collection is subject to all copyright laws.

How to Cite this Collection

Staempfli Gallery records, 1958-1992. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

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Detailed Description and Container Inventory

Series 1: Administrative Records, 1958-1991
(Box 1; 9 folders)

This series contains scattered administrative records of the Staempfli Gallery including certificates of incorporation, minutes and by-laws, lease forms, letters of resignations from various gallery staff, and an employment agreement between Staempfli Gallery and its director Phillip A. Bruno. One file of correspondence includes letters to and from George Staempfli. Additional correspondence can be found in Series 2: Financial Records. Also of note is a list of suggestions for future gallery operations from 1967, and a biographical chronology for George Staempfli.

Files are arranged alphabetically.

Box Folder
1 1 Agreement between Staempfli Gallery, Inc. and Phillip A. Bruno, 1966
1 2 Certificates of Incorporation, 1958-1990
1 3 Chronology for George W. Staempfli, circa 1976
1 4 Correspondence, 1960-1989
1 5 Letters of Resignation, circa 1959-1966
1 6 Mailing List for Forum Sale, 1978
1 7 Minutes and By-Laws, 1959-1990
1 8 Renewal Lease Form, 1991
1 9 Suggestions for Future Operations, circa 1967

Series 2: Financial Records, 1959-1991
(Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)

This series contains the financial records of the Staempfli Gallery. These records are not comprehensive and primarily document financial activities from the late 1970s and 1980s. Included are annual financial reports, income tax records, and records of commissions to Phillip A. Bruno. Also found are shipping invoices and other miscellaneous invoices for framing, books, and appraisals. During the mid-1980s the gallery had a sales tax audit, and many of the sales records of the gallery from 1980 to 1985 were compiled for the audit and can be found within these files. Types of documents found among the audit records include correspondence and notes regarding sales, sales invoices, and shipping records. Also found are scattered insurance documents, banking records, receipts, and records of expenses.

Files are arranged alphabetically. Items are arranged chronologically within each folder. Documents within the sales tax audit files have been kept in the original order.

Box Folder
1 10 Analysis of George W. Staempfli Account, 1969
1 11 Banking Documents, 1970-1991
1 12 Blue Cross Blue Shield Records, 1982, 1991
1 13 Budget of Estimated Monthly Expenses, circa 1967
1 14 Computation of Commissions Due to Philip A. Bruno, 1965-1978
1 15 Debenture and Promissory Note to Emily Staempfli, 1965, 1968
1 16-17 Documents for IRS Examination, 1973
(2 folders)
1 18-23 Financial Reports, 1959-1988
(6 folders)
1 24 "G/L General Ledger" Database Printout, 1991
1 25 Income Tax Documents, Miscellaneous, circa 1961-1978
1 26-37 Income Tax Returns, 1967-1990
(12 folders)
1 38-39 Receipts, 1964-1979, 1988-1989
(2 folders)
1 40-45 Sales Tax Audit, 1980-1986
(6 folders)
1 46 Schedule of Expenses, 1990
1 47-50 Shipping Invoices and Miscellaneous Charges, 1986-1988
(4 folders)
1 51 Stock Certificates, 1959-1969
1 52 Workers Compensation and Employers Liability Insurance Policy, 1989-1990

Series 3: Sales Records, 1986-1988
(Box 2; 8 folders)

This series contains sales invoices from 1986 to 1988, including sales from the Chicago International Art Expo and Art Basel. Many invoices include handwritten annotations and attached shipping receipts.

Sales invoices are arranged by sales invoice number. Researchers should note that additional sales invoices from the 1980s can be found within the sales tax audit files in Series 2: Financial Records. Information regarding sale of artwork can also be found in Series 4: Inventory Records.

Box Folder
2 1-6 Sales Invoices, nos. 4726-4922, 1986-1988
(6 folders)
2 7 Sales Invoices, nos. 8701-8726, Chicago International Art Expo, 1987
2 8 Sales Invoices, nos. 8727-8741, Basel, 1987

Series 4: Inventory Records, 1959-1992
(Boxes 2-5; 3.2 linear feet)

Inventory records consist of three inventory lists of artwork and an inventory card file. The inventory card file was maintained during the entire operation of the gallery from 1959 to 1992. Each work of art was given its own card and was filed alphabetically by artist. Information typically found on the card includes artist name, title of work, date, size, medium, and inventory number. Most of the cards also have an attached photograph of the artwork, and include sale information such as date of sale, purchaser, price, and sales invoice number.

Researchers should note that the inventory card file is incomplete. Cards for artists with a last name beginning with C through K were not included in the donation to the Archives of American Art. The exception is two artists whose cards were misfiled and are now placed in the correct alphabetical order.

Box Folder
2 9 Inventory Lists, 1967, 1969, undated
2 Inventory Card File
2 10 Adam, Henri-Georges, 1959
2 11 Adams, Robert, 1959
2 12 Aeppli, Eva, circa 1959
2 13 Aiko, Miyawaki, circa 1968-1989
2 14 Alderfer-Abbott, 1985-1989
2 15 Allan, Bill, circa 1965
2 16 Anuszkiewicz, Richard, circa 1960s
2 17 Appel, Karel, 1960-1972
2 18-19 Arita, Akira, 1981-1984
(2 folders)
2 20 Arp, Hans, 1976, 1986-1987
2 21 Aschauer, Alfred, circa 1968-1987
2 22 Bailey, William, circa 1962
2 23 Barraud, Francois, 1959-1960
2 24 Baruchello, Gianfranco, circa 1968-1969
2 25 Baschet, Bernard and Francois, 1977-1981
2 26 Bassman, Lillian, 1978
2 27 Bauchant, A., 1985
2 28 Bauermeister, Mary, 1969-1985
2 29 Baxter, Robert, 1976
2 30 Berke, Hubert, circa 1959
2 31 Bill, Max, 1969-1972
2 32 Bing, Berenice, undated
2 33 Bissler, Julius, 1962-1969
2 34 Black, Frederick, circa 1959
2 35 Boynton, James, circa 1960-1989
2 36 Brancusi, Constantin, 1959-1967
2 37 Braque, Georges, circa 1959
2 38 Britell, Richard, 1977-1989
2 39 Bro, circa 1959-1960
2 40 Broderson, Morris, 1959-1988
2 41 Brooks, James, 1959-1960
2 42 Brosen, Frederick, 1981-1988
2 43 De Medina, Robles, circa 1962
2 44 Gay, Walter, circa 1959
Box Folder
3 1 Lamis, Leroy, circa 1966-1987
3 2 Laurens, Henri, undated
3 3 Lawton, Nancy, 1984-1985
3 4 Leger, Fernand, circa 1959-1961
3 5 Light, Alvin, circa 1959-1966
3 6 Lionni, Leo, 1977-1986
3 7 Loberg, Robert, 1959-1982
3 8 Lojselet, A., 1977-1985
3 9 Loosili, Arthur, 1969-1988
3 10 Love, James, circa 1959-1963
3 11 Luginbuhl, Bernhard, 1959-1963
3 12 Maeda, Josaku, 1971-1988
3 13 Magee, Alan, 1983-1990
3 14 Magritte, Rene, 1959-1961
3 15 Maillol, Aristide, undated
3 16 Mann, Robert, 1974-1975, 1985
3 17 Manzu, 1962
3 18 Marcote, Carlos, 1977-1990
3 19 Marini, Marino, 1962
3 20 Matisse, Henri, circa 1963
3 21 Matta, undated
3 22 Mauke, Rudolf, 1959-1962
3 23 McEwan, Rory, 1981-1982
3 24 Meadows, Barnard, 1975
3 25 Meier-Denninghoff, Brigitte, circa 1962-1991
3 26 Metzler, Keith, 1960
3 27 Miki, Tomio, 1965-1976
3 28 Minguzzi, Luciano, 1967
3 29 Mira, Victor, 1980-1991
3 30 Miro, Joan, circa 1962
3 31 Modigliani, Amedeo, circa 1982
3 32-33 Mola, circa 1968-1971
(2 folders)
3 34 Moore, Henry, circa 1960s
3 35 Morandi, Giorgio, circa 1960-1962
3 36 Moswitzer, Gerhardt, 1975-1976
3 37 Muller, Erich, 1959
3 38 Muller, Jan, 1963-1965
3 39 Munoz, Lucio, 1964-1991
3 40 Nagaoka, Kunito, 1977
3 41-43 Nagare, Masayuki, circa 1959-1988
(3 folders)
3 44 Nakano, Emiko, 1960
3 45 Nakoneczny, Michael, 1989-1990
3 46 Neri, Manuel, 1960-1974
3 47 Nevelson, Mike, circa 1961-1976
3 48 Nicholson, Ben, 1962-1963
3 49 Noguchi, Isamu, 1976
3 50 Nolde, undated
3 51 Norrman, Gunnar, 1980-1989
3 52 Oceanic Art, 1969-1989
3 53 Okada, Kenzo, circa 1964-1965
3 54 Onosato, Toshinobu, circa 1965-1988
3 55 Paquette, Gregory, 1978-1986
Box Folder
4 1-4 Park, David, 1959-1988
(4 folders)
4 5 Pascin, Jules, undated
4 6 Paul, Peter, circa 1975-1976
4 7 Petersen, Roland, circa 1963-1980
4 8 Pevsner, Antoine, 1964-1966
4 9 Pfriem, Bernard, 1974-1989
4 10 Philips, Jonathan, 1992
4 11 Philipps, Kris, 1982-1983
4 12 Picasso, Pablo, 1961
4 13 Piqueras, Jorge, 1962-1987
4 14-15 Pita, Gerardo, 1984-1992
(2 folders)
4 16 Pollock, Jackson, circa 1963
4 17 Ponc, Joan, circa 1982-1989
4 18 Prantl, Karl, 1967-1987
4 19 Prestini, James, 1970-1975
4 20 Quintanilla, Isabel, 1974-1977
4 21 Ray, Man, circa 1964
4 22 Rebeyrolle, Paul, circa 1959
4 23 Renoir, Auguste, circa 1959-1960
4 24 Richter, Vjenceslav, 1968-1975
4 25 Rivera, Manuel, 1963-1988
4 26 Rivero, Fernando, 1985-1988
4 27 Rodin, Auguste, undated
4 28 Rodriguez-Larrain, Emilio, 1961-1988
4 29 Rouault, Georges, circa 1959
4 30 Sairo, 1967
4 31 Saite, Takashi, 1973
4 32 Salemme, Attilio, circa 1962-1963
4 33 Schlamminger, Karl, 1978-1980
4 34 Schmidt-Rottluff, Karl, undated
4 35 Schreiter, Gerhardt, 1959
4 36 Schultz, Richard, 1960-1988
4 37 Sekine, Nobuo, 1975-1976
4 38 Sekine, Yoshio, circa 1965-1988
4 39 Sempere, Eusebio, 1967-1969
4 40 Shahn, Ben, undated
4 41 Shechter, Laura, 1987
4 42 Shinoda, Morio, circa 1966
4 43 Shulman, Morris, 1959
4 44 Signac, Paul, 1970
4 45 Sinton, Nell, 1960-1962
4 46 Smith, David, 1969
4 47 Soto, 1959-1988
4 48 Soutine, Chaim, undated
4 49 Sovak, Pravoslav, 1977
4 50 Staempfli, George, 1975-1988
4 51 Steinberg, Saul, circa 1976-1979
4 52 Stone and Crystal, circa 1967-1976
Box Folder
5 1 Stromeyer, David, 1979-1980
5 2 Sugiyama, M., 1970
5 3 Szekessy, Karin, 1976-1978
5 4 Takamatsu, Jiro, 1967-1977
5 5 Takis, circa 1959
5 6 Tamayo, Rufino, 1969
5 7 Tanaka, Atsuko, circa 1964
5 8 Tapies, A., 1971-1980s
5 9 Tchelitchew, Paul, 1964-1970
5 10 Tiepolo, Giovanni Domenico, 1976
5 11 Tinguely, Jean, 1959-1987
5 12 Tobey, Mark, 1969
5 13 Tolstedt, Lowell, 1981-1984
5 14 Toral, Cristobal, 1971-1991
5 15 Turnbull, Peter, 1979
5 16 Twardowicz, Stanley, 1963
5 17 Uhlmann, Hans, 1959-1976
5 18 Utillo, Maurice, 1959
5 19 Valenti, Celestino, 1980
5 20 Van Gogh, Vincent, circa 1959
5 21 Van Isacker, Ignace, 1988
5 22 Vara, Enrique, 1973-1977
5 23 Walters, Carl, 1960
5 24 Wasserstein, Julius, 1959-1989
5 25 Westwood, Bryan, 1981-1983
5 26 Wiley, William, 1961-1986
5 27-28 Wunderlich, Paul, circa 1969-1990
(2 folders)
5 29 Yagi, Kazuo, 1971-1985
5 30 Zogbaum, Wilfred, circa 1960-1988

Series 5: Exhibition Catalogs, 1959-1988
(Boxes 5-6; 0.7 linear feet)

This series contains an incomplete run of catalogs for exhibitions held at the Staempfli Gallery. Also found are a few scattered catalogs for special Steampfli Gallery exhibitions held in Los Angeles and Houston. Most of the catalogs are for one-person shows of modern American and European painters and sculptors, but several group exhibitions are also included. A few of the catalogs include annotations regarding price and sale of the exhibited works.

Exhibition Catalogs are arranged chronologically.

Box Folder
5 31-35 Exhibition Catalogs, 1959-1962
(5 folders)
5 36-43 Exhibition Catalogs, 1963-1970
(8 folders)
5 44-53 Exhibition Catalogs, 1971-1979
(10 folders)
Box Folder
6 1-10 Exhibition Catalogs, 1980-1988
(10 folders)
6 11 Exhibition Catalogs, undated