The London exhibition of highlights from The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller showcases standout objects from some 1,400 works being offered at Christie’s in New York in May.
Among the works on show are magnificent paintings, which include rare masterpieces such as Fillette à la corbeille fleurie (Young Girl with a Flower Basket), a Rose Period Picasso, executed in 1905; Matisse’s masterful Odalisque couchée aux magnolias of 1923; Juan Gris’ superb cubist collage La table de musician of 1914; Extérieur de la Gare Saint-Lazare, effet de soleil and Nymphéas en fleur by Claude Monet; as well as memorable works by Manet, Signac, Gauguin, Picasso and de Kooning, to name but a few.
The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller reflects a lifelong passion for art, and encompasses masterworks of Impressionist, American, and Asian art; English and European decorative arts; and Chinese, Japanese, and European porcelain.
‘We are fascinated by the wonderful interactions that can occur among pieces from different times and cultures — especially when they meet with their surroundings to create a harmonious whole,’ said David Rockefeller. ‘Our enjoyment is closely associated with our recollections of how, where and from whom we acquired our various art objects, as well as with the relationship of these objects to one another... [The] decorative arts have played an important role in our lives as dynamic counterpoints to the fine arts.’
All of the Estate’s sale proceeds will benefit charities, in keeping with Peggy and David Rockefeller’s commitment to directing the majority of their wealth to philanthropy and providing for the cultural, educational, medical, and environmental causes long supported by the couple.
The exhibition in St. James’s Galleries 1 & 2 at Christie’s King Street is open 10.30am to 4pm (weekdays), and 12pm to 5pm (weekends), and will run until Thursday 8 March. If you would like further information, please visit our dedicated homepage for The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller.