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Duveen Brothers and the Market for Decorative Arts, 1880-1940

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Active in London, Paris, and New York, Duveen Brothers was the most prominent art and antique dealer from the late nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. The firm’s success came from buying European furniture, tapestries, porcelain, and other objets d’art and selling them at high prices to wealthy Americans, including Henry Clay Frick. Making extensive use of Duveen Brothers records at the Getty Research Institute, as well as letters and invoices in the archives of the firm’s clients, Vignon provides a fascinating study of this influential firm in the history of collecting.

“This well-priced, handsomely presented and extensively documented monograph provides a timely and valuable addition to the literature on Duveen Brothers, their strategies and their market.”
—Diana J. Kostyrko, Burlington Magazine, January 2020

“A detailed and eminently readable study . . . Charlotte Vignon’s thorough research and elegant prose . . . would be an excellent addition to any art research library.”
—Charlotte DonVito, Art Libraries Society of North America, September 2019

Author: Charlotte Vignon

Publisher: The Frick Collection in association with D Giles Limited

Hardcover, 7 ¼ x 9 ¼ inches, 320 pages, 75 color illustrations

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