NEW YORK - Many grand apartments in the fabled buildings of Park Avenue hold marvellous works of art. When these unseen treasures come on public view, it is a rare treat not to be missed. This April, Sotheby’s will display an especially appealing collection amassed by the late Henry and June “Jimmy” Weldon for their gracious home at 755 Park Avenue. Beginning in the 1950s, Henry acquired prime examples by his favourite artists, including Jacob van Ruisdael and Frans Post, but soon began to buy Jimmy gifts of paintings by such artists as Jean-Antoine Watteau, who appealed to her own sensibilities. After Henry’s death, Jimmy continued to purchase paintings for herself as well as ones that he would have loved. The result is a collection that reveals a rare harmony of taste – and also a deep bond shared by a husband and wife. Among the treasures on view is a group of small-scale paintings that provide a window onto the delightful work of Holland’s Golden Age of artistic creation.

The Weldon Collection will be exhibited in New York from 17–21 April. Auction: 22 April. Enquiries: +1 212 606 7230.

The objects of everyday life were a focus of Dutch still life painters such as Adriaen Coorte, whose Wild Strawberries on a Ledge is a masterpiece of the genre ($800,000–1,200,000).
At just 15.5 by 11 cm., A Man with Pince-Nez, Reading Notices (Sight) by Adriaen Jansz van Ostade exemplifies the technical mastery achieved by 17th-century Dutch artists, even when depicting a quaint street scene ($400,000–600,000).
Paintings by Abraham Bloemaert, Isaak van Ostade, Balthasar van der Ast and Willem van Aelst hang in the Weldon home.