Florence, Berlin and Beyond: Late Nineteenth-Century Art Markets and their Social Networks


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Recent and increasing interest in art market studies—the dealers, mediators, advisors, taste makers, artists, etc.—indicate that the transaction of art and decorative art is anything but linear. Taking as its point of departure two of the most active agents of the late nineteenth century, Wilhelm von Bode and Stefano Bardini, the essays in this volume also look beyond, to other art market individuals and their vast and frequently interconnected, social and professional networks. Newly told history taken from rich business, epistolary and photographic archives, these essays examine the art market, within a broader and more complex context. In doing so, they offer new areas of inquiry for mapping of works of art as they were exchanged over time and place.

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Lynn Catterson, PhD, 2002 (Columbia University). Since 2010, she has been working on the Florentine dealer, Stefano Bardini, the late nineteenth centrury art market, its social network and various constituent topics such as contamination of the canon and the scholarly literature.
"The book’s fourteen essays provide an overview of the role that Florence played in the international art market during the late nineteenth century. The authors are a distinguished group of international scholars who specialize in the history of Italian painting and sculpture, collecting, and the art market. ... This volume, like the others in the series, should play a role in the classroom, adding layers to the meaning of art works and opening up potential discussion on issues of ownership, cultural heritage, and the origins of public collections. Its beautiful color illustrations also make it attractive."
Véronique Chagnon-Burke, in Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide

"Catterson is to be congratulated on her dual achievement in delivering this admirable resource for those studying the intersections between art market studies, and in creating a social network of scholars whose research yields increasing revelations through collaboration. This beautifully illustrated, substantial volume is evidence that collegiality leads to new knowledge and avenues of inquiry"
Imogen Tedbury, Journal of the History of Collections

"This generously illustrated and well-presented set of essays significantly enriches our picture of the sale and interpretation of Italian Renaissance pictures and decorative art in the years around 1900."
Tom Summers, The Society for the History of Collecting

"Covering both well- and less-known collectors, items, and collections, the volume comprises 14 well-researched and richly illustrated essays, each of which delves deeply into its topic."
K. E. Staab, Choice Connect
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Notes on Contributors

Lynn Catterson

Part 1: Forming a Collection

1 Wilhelm von Bode and Prince Johann II von Liechtenstein: the Private Correspondence 1882–1925
Michaela Watrelot

2 Florence and Paris: the Italian Acquisitions of Édouard and Nélie Jacquemart-André and Their Relationship with Stefano Bardini
Giancarla Cilmi

3 Rome, London and Boston: Colnaghi, Bernard Berenson and the Sale of Botticelli’s Madonna of the Eucharist to Isabella Stewart Gardner
Jeremy Howard

Part 2: Transacting an Entire Collection

4 Art for Sale and Display: German Acquisitions from the Spitzer Collection “Sale of the Century”
Paola Cordera

5 The Barberini Tapestries: Charles Mather Ffoulke and the Dealer’s Network
Denise M. Budd

Part 3: Dealers for Dealers

6 Between Florence and Berlin: the International Art Market in Post-unification Rome
Virginia Napoleone

7 Customer, Counsel, Associate, “Trustee”: Charles Fairfax Murray and Thomas Agnew and Sons (1886–1918)
Paul Tucker

8 The Interesting Case of Alessandro Contini Bonacossi (1878–1955) and Wilhelm von Bode (1849–1929)
Fulvia Zaninelli

Part 4: (No Longer) Obscure Agents

9 Postcards from Castiglion Fiorentino: the Correspondence between Napoleone Aglietti and Stefano Bardini
Jeremy Boudreau

10 Two Lives in the Picture Trade: Bernard Berenson, Harold Woodbury Parsons & the Italian Art Market, 1917–1919
Eliot W. Rowlands

11 Jane M. Healey Jackson, a Sculptor’s Wife Abroad
Jacqueline Marie Musacchio

Part 5: Issues of Attribution

12 A Network among Scholars: Allan Marquand, Sir John Charles Robinson, Wilhelm Bode, and Wilhelm Reinhold Valentiner
Kerri A. Pfister

13 Donatello Re-discovered? A Name for the Author of the Berlin Flagellation and the Hildburgh Relief
Vasily Rastorguev

14 Art Market, Social Network and Contamination: Bardini, Bode and the Madonna Pazzi Puzzle
Lynn Catterson

Of immediate interest for anyone studying or teaching art market related material, eg, history of collecting, history of display, history of museums and for those active in the art market. It is also of interest for those teaching or studying Italian Renaissance art and the history of Florence.
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