In May 2018, Christie’s in New York is selling the art and antique collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller.
Some of the items were acquired by the Rockefellers during their lifetime, whilst others have been passed down through the generations. The sale is expected to raise over $500 million (£352.8m) for charities that the Rockefellers supported.
A set of ten George III mahogany dining chairs dating from about 1760 are estimated to be sold for over $50,000 (£35,000). A pair of Queen Anne walnut stools are expected to sell for over $70,000 (£49,000). A George II walnut dressing bureau-on-stand has a more modest guide price of between $4,000 and $6,000 (£2,800-£4,200).
In 1992, David Rockefeller said:
“Eventually all these objects which have brought so much pleasure to Peggy and me will go out into the world and will again be available to other caretakers who, hopefully, will derive the same satisfaction and joy from them as we have over these past several decades.”
The Picasso painting ‘Young Girl With Flower Basket’ should sell for more than $100 million (£70.5m).
The late David Rockefeller’s son, David Rockefeller Jnr said that his favourite piece in the sale is the painting ‘Odalisque Lying with Magnolias’ by Henri Matisse which could sell for more than $90 million (£63.5m).
If you want to buy fine antique furniture, you do not have to go to the Rockefeller New York auction. There are many quality examples of inlaid Edwardian Furniture and French ormolu mounted cabinets in Lancashire antique shops.
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