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Subseries 2.4 | A Finding Aid to the Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974 | Digitized Collection

Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978, bulk 1913-1974

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2.4: Clarence H. Mackay Collection, 1907, 1920-1943

In 1939 Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., was retained by the Clarence H. Mackay Estate's executors to act as agent for the sale of the collection. Mackay was a wealthy American collector of Renaissance and eighteenth-century decorative arts, tapestries, and arms and armor, and he was a trustee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. A good portion of his collection was originally acquired through Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., and Mackay had also been a close friend of the firm's partner and associate, Eugene Glaenzer. As many items had no cataloged provenance, Seligmann enlisted the aid of Stephen V. Grancsay, curator of arms and armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carl Otto von Kienbusch to help with the authentication and cataloging of the collection.
This subseries is further divided into nine sections that consist of various categories of correspondence, reports, financial files, inventory and stock notebooks, lists, printed matter, and photographs. Of special note within the Paris office (Jacques Seligmann & Co.) folder in Alphabetical Correspondence (Series 2.4.3) is a reply letter dated August 17, 1939, from the museum director and conservator of the Bavarian National Museum in Munich, Germany. It bears the swastika seal of the Nazi regime and is addressed to César M. de Hauke. The director cordially thanks de Hauke for information sent to him regarding the Clarence H. Mackay Collection but states that the museum is not interested in purchasing any of the artwork. Also of interest in the same folder is a letter, dated March 16, 1939, written by Germain Seligman to Georges E. Seligmann, François-Gerard Seligman, and César M. de Hauke, announcing his recent appointment as adviser for the Mackay Collection and detailing items in the collection and their importance. Germain further suggests they "start right away" contacting Marshal Hermann Goering, who he believes may be interested in acquiring armor for his collection.
The bulk of this series has been scanned with the exception of a General Expenses Ledger.
2.4.1:General Correspondence, 1939-1942
This subseries section contains correspondence concerning advertising, insurance, shipping, and storage matters for the Clarence H. Mackay Collection.
DescriptionContainer
Advertising, 1939, undated
233
1
Insurance, 1939
233
2
Insurance, 1940
233
3
Insurance, 1941-1942
233
4
Storage and Shipping, 1939-1942
233
5
2.4.2:Legal Correspondence and Contracts, 1939-1943, undated
This subseries section contains correspondence of Germain Seligman and Frank L. Polk, attorney for the executors of the Mackay Estate.
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Correspondence, 1939 February-April
233
6
Correspondence, 1939 May
233
7
Correspondence, 1939 June
233
8
Correspondence, 1939 July-October
233
9
Correspondence, 1939 October-December
234
1
Correspondence, 1940 January-March
234
2
Correspondence, 1940 April-July
234
3
Correspondence, 1940 August-December
234
4
Correspondence, 1941 January-March
234
5
Correspondence, 1941 April-July
234
6
Correspondence, 1941 September-December
234
7
Correspondence, 1942 January-November, 1943 July
234
8
Contracts and Affidavits, 1939-1942, undated
234
9
2.4.3:Alphabetical Correspondence, 1939-1942
The letters in this subseries section primarily concern the announcement of the sale of the Clarence H. Mackay Collection. There are two folders of correspondence with the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Stephen V. Grancsay, curator of arms and armor, regarding purchases from the Mackay Collection for the museum.
DescriptionContainer
Adler, A. M., 1940-1941
235
1
Art Institute of Chicago, 1939-1941
235
2
Art Gallery of Toronto, 1939
235
3
Miscellaneous, A-B, 1939-1941
235
4
Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd. (Christie's), 1939-1940
235
5
City Art Museum of St. Louis, 1939
235
6
Cleveland Museum of Art, 1939-1940
235
7
Cranbrook Foundation, 1939-1941
235
8
Miscellaneous, C-E, 1939-1942
235
9
Gimbel Bros., 1941-1942
235
10
Higgins, John W., 1939-1942
3 folders
235
11-13
Miscellaneous, F-J, 1939-1942
236
1
Kienbusch, Carl Otto von (see von Kienbusch, Carl Otto)
236
Miscellaneous, K, 1939-1942
236
2
Leeds, Henry, 1940
236
3
Mackay, John W., 1939-1940
236
4
Marzoli, Luigi, 1939-1940
236
5
Masselin, Leon, 1939-1940, undated
236
6
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1939-1942
2 folders
236
7-8
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1939-1942
236
9
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., 1939-1940
236
10
Miscellaneous, L-O, 1939-1941
236
11
P. W. French & Co., Inc., 1939-1940
236
12
Paris office (Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc.), 1939
236
13
Miscellaneous, P-R, 1939-1942
236
14
Schiff, John M., 1939
236
15
Schulthess, Hans von (see von Schulthess, Hans)
236
Silo's (auction house), 1939-1940
236
16
Miscellaneous, S-T, 1939-1942
236
17
von Kienbusch, Carl Otto, 1939-1942
236
18
von Schulthess, Hans, 1940-1942
237
1
Warren, George H., Jr., 1939
237
2
Miscellaneous, W-Z, 1939-1941
237
3
2.4.4:Daily Reports, 1938-1942, undated
This subseries section consists of alphabetically and chronologically arranged internal daily reports and memoranda, mostly written by Germain Seligman recording the activities of the firm.
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Reports on Individuals, A-Z, 1938-1942
3 folders
237
4-6
Reports on Museums, 1939-1941
237
7
General Reports, 1939-1942
3 folders
237
8-10
2.4.5:Financial Files, 1939-1943, undated
This subseries section includes invoices, ledgers, and shipping invoices for works of art sold, general expenses, storage, insurance, and shipping.
DescriptionContainer
Invoices, Works of Art, 1939-1941
237
11
Sales Ledger, 1939-1941
238
1
General Expenses Ledger, 1939-1941
not scanned
238
2
Loose Invoices for General Expenses, 1939-1943
238
3
Shipping Invoices, 1939-1941
238
4
Miscellaneous Loose Invoices and Lists, 1939-1943
238
5
2.4.6:Inventory and Stock Notebooks, 1939-1941, undated
In this subseries section are inventories and notebooks of the Clarence H. Mackay Collection with brief descriptions and notes about provenance, prices, and stock numbers.
DescriptionContainer
Original Inventory, circa 1939
238
6
Inventory and Sales Notebook, 1939-1941
238
7
Stock Notebooks, undated
3 folders
239
1-3
2.4.7:Printed Material, 1907-1941, undated
This subseries section includes auction catalogs, exhibition catalogs, and newspaper clippings concerning the Mackay Collection, its significance, and auctions and sales of the collection.
DescriptionContainer
Catalogs of the Mackay Collection, 1907, undated
239
4
Auction Catalogs, 1920, undated
239
5
Auction Catalogs, 1923-1924
239
6
Auction Catalogs, 1925
239
7
Auction Catalogs, 1927-1928
240
1
Auction Catalogs, 1928-1929
240
2
Auction Catalogs, 1939
240
3
Auction Catalogs, 1940
240
4
Clippings and Miscellaneous Material, 1931-1941, undated
240
5
2.4.8:Lists, 1939-1942, undated
In this subseries section are lists (some handwritten) regarding shipping, insurance, auctions, prices, and other matters.
DescriptionContainer
Insurance Lists, 1939, undated
240
6
Price List, 1939, undated
240
7
Shipping Lists, 1939-1940, undated
241
1
Auction List, 1939-1942, undated
241
2
Books and Catalog List, circa 1941
241
3
2.4.9:Photographs, 1941, undated
In this subseries section are black-and-white photographs of artwork in the Clarence H. Mackay Collection.
DescriptionContainer
Photographs of Items in the Collection, 1941, undated
3 folders
241
4-6
Photographs of Items on Exhibition, undated
241
7

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