The Collection of Ailsa Mellon Bruce
Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Ailsa Mellon Bruce (1903-1969) was a passionate and prolific collector of English and European decorative arts. She was the only daughter of Pittsburgh banker, art collector, and statesman, Andrew W. Mellon, and the sister of Paul Mellon. Like her father and brother, Mrs. Bruce was a major philanthropist and patron of the arts.
Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh is the preeminent museum of fine and decorative arts, contemporary art, and architecture in Western Pennsylvania. Pittsburgh philanthropist Andrew Carnegie had a vision for the institution that he established in 1895 to collect the "old masters of tomorrow," and his foresight and ambition led to the acquisition of early important works by the contemporary artists of his day, such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Camille Pisarro. This tradition is honored through the museum's triennial exhibition, Carnegie International, the oldest and one of the most prestigious international surveys of contemporary art in North America.
Over the last 100 years, the museum has greatly expanded its earlier collections, and is now undergoing an historic change with the complete reinstallation of its American, European, and Asian decorative arts, which will open to the public in late November 2009. This auspicious undertaking provides opportunities for evaluating the museum's objects from both the Eastern and Western Hemispheres. The objects presented in this sale are sold to support the acquisition funds of Carnegie Museum of Art as it further develops collections with a global perspective.
(Lots 38-40, 122, 176-177 are offered from Carnegie Museum of Art)
SOLD TO BENEFIT THE ACQUISITIONS FUNDS OF CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART, PITTSBURGH