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Ruth Teschner Costantino papers, 1923-1981

Costantino, Ruth Teschner, 1892-1981

Dealer

Collection Information

Size: 0.4 linear ft.

Summary: The papers of art dealer Ruth Teschner Costantino measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1981. The collection includes biographical material, photographs, writings, correspondence, financial records, and printed material

Biographical/Historical Note

Ruth Teschner Costantino (1892-1981) was an art dealer based in New York City, NY. In 1912, Costantino opened the Ruth Teschner Gallery, and in 1935, she established Connoisseur Inc. Costantino dealt in painting, sculpture, and antiques. She advised such collectors as Walter C. Baker, Stavros Niarchos, Henry Ford, Robert Lehman, and Asila Mellon Bruce. Costantino's 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.

Provenance

The papers of Ruth Teschner Costantino were donated by Helen Fioratti, Ruth Teschner Costantino's daughter, in 1983.