Although nearly unknown when it was unexpectedly bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1975, the Lesley and Emma Sheafer Collection came to be regarded as one of the finest collections of French and German 18th-century decorative arts ever assembled. Starting in the late 1920s, the couple made many acquisitions together; for decades after her husband's death, Emma Sheafer meticulously added to the holdings with her keen eye and careful connoisseurship. Among the objects being sold from this exceptional collection on behalf of the Metropolitan Museum to benefit its acquisitions fund are fanciful Meissen figures, an ornately carved oak Louis XV style cabinet, and more. Click ahead for a look at these works of prestigious provenance.
Collections: European Decorative Arts
27 October New York