Sotheby’s is honored to announce that we will offer property from the Collection of Nelson & Happy Rockefeller across a series of auctions beginning this November in New York.
Passionately assembled with wide-ranging interests and an unwavering eye for quality, this remarkable group is not only tied to one of America’s most storied families, but is also a significant and pioneering collection in and of itself. Spanning important design, fine art, exquisite jewels, rare porcelain, Chinese art, furniture and European decorative arts, Nelson and Happy’s collection expresses, as Nelson himself once stated, “the spirit of the time” in which they lived.
On 13 November, Sotheby’s will hold an auction dedicated to an important group of 20th Century Design, Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art originally housed in Nelson and Happy’s celebrated apartment at 812 5th Avenue in New York. Titled A Modernist Vision, this exceptional group of objects is in part the result of Nelson’s commission of an original interior from Jean-Michel Frank, who, in close collaboration with his patron, filled the residence with his unique designs, as well as those of celebrated artist-designers Alberto Giacometti and Christian Bérard. Following the completion of the commission, Rockefeller, with the advice and guidance of Alfred Barr Jr., founding director of The Museum of Modern Art, collected important works by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Fernand Léger, among others. Much of the fine art from Nelson’s collection is now housed in celebrated institutions, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.