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Subseries 2.5 | 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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2.5: Mortimer L. Schiff Collection, 1921-1947, undated

Jacques Seligmann & Co., Inc., was contracted by John M. Schiff, son of American banker Mortimer L. Schiff, to handle the disposition of his father's vast collection of artwork. The 1937-1938 sale was arranged through the auction house of Christie's of London, as Germain Seligman believed that the type of artwork in the collection would generate more buyers in Europe than in the United States. The auction was held June 1938. The collection consisted of important oil paintings, watercolors, and drawings by Flemish, French, and German masters, English drawings and watercolors, Beauvais tapestries, Gothic and Renaissance sculpture and bronze, Chinese porcelains, Gothic and Renaissance arms and armor, and decorative arts. Included in the sale were a glazed terracotta,
Madonna and Child
, by Giovanni della Robbia, and Carlo Crivelli's
Portrait
. A collection of Italian majolica, not for sale, was lent to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for an exhibition.
This subseries consists of correspondence with Christie's, general correspondence regarding the collection, insurance policies, auction catalogs, clippings, lists, research notes, and photographs.
Arrangement is by subject heading and, thereafter, chronologically. This series has been scanned in entirety.
DescriptionContainer
Correspondence with Christie's of London, 1937-1938
3 folders
242
1-3
General Correspondence, Shipping and Insurance, 1938-1940
242
4
General Correspondence, 1938-1947
242
5
Insurance Policies, 1938-1941
242
6
Auction Catalogs, 1938
243
1
Clippings, 1938
243
2
Shipping Lists, 1938-1939
243
3
Miscellaneous Lists, 1938-1939
243
4
Research Notes, 1926-1937, undated
243
5
Photographs, 1921, undated
243
6

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