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Staempfli Gallery records, 1958-1992

Staempfli Gallery records, 1958-1992

Staempfli Gallery (New York, N.Y.)

Collection Information

Size: 5.2 linear feet

Summary: The Staempfli Gallery records measure 5.2 linear feet and date from 1958 to 1992. Scattered administrative and financial records, sales invoices, inventory records, correspondence, and printed material 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.

Correspondence is with Joan Brown, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Roland Peterson. One file of general correspondence includes other letters to and from George Staempfli.

Financial records 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. Also found is one theater program inscribed to Geroge Steampfli by the artist Paul Delvaux.

Biographical/Historical Note

Staempfli Gallery was an art gallery (established 1959 - closed 1988) in New York, New York. founded by George Staempfli, and specializing in modern art by European and American artists. During its thirty years of operation the gallery exhibited the work of Salvador Dali, Elmer Bischoff, Joan Brown, David Park, and George Rickey among others.

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 and in 2014 by Robert Aichele, a private dealer in Sacramento, California, who purchased the letters from Barbara Staempfli, George Staempfli's widow.

A Finding Aid to the Staempfli Gallery Records,
1958-1992
, in the Archives of American Art
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Historical Note
Staempfli Gallery was established by George Staempfli in 1959 in New York City and specialized 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.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged as 5 series:
Series 1: Administrative Records, 1958-1991 (Box 1; 8 folders)
Series 2: Correspondence, 1959-1989 (Box 1; 6 folders)
Series 3: Financial Records, 1959-1991 (Box 1; 0.9 linear feet)
Series 4: Sales Records, 1986-1988 (Box 2; 8 folders)
Series 5: Inventory Records, 1959-1992 (Boxes 2-5; 3.2 linear feet)
Series 6: Printed Material, 1959-1988 (Boxes 5-6; 0.7 linear feet)
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 and in 2014 by Robert Aichele, a private dealer in Sacramento, California, who purchased the letters from Barbara Staempfli, George Staempfli's widow.
Processing Information
The Staempfli Gallery records were merged with the earlier donated collection of Staempfli Gallery exhibition catalogs, and fully processed and described by Erin Kinhart in 2011. Additional material was processed in 2015.

Restrictions on Access

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

How to Cite This Collection

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

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