Charles and Palmer Ducommun helped to define the Los Angeles of the 1950s, becoming two of Los Angeles’s most prominent civic and cultural leaders and icons of 20th century California style.
Boldly creative in business and philanthropy, the duo absorbed the American motto of manifest destiny, turning their passion for art into a leading role in the city’s cultural development. Their legacy is found in an exemplary collection of masterworks by some of the great names in 20th century art.
Charles and Palmer Ducommun in 1949 boarding Pan American Airways Flight 2 to London on the frst leg of their African honeymoon. Photographer unknown, courtesy of the family.
The pair set standards of style, decorating their Bel Air home with help from the innovative interior designer Tony Duquette. Walls of amethyst, fire reds, malachite greens and crisp white set the optimal canvases for their art collection of Georges Braque, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore, Paul Klee, Gustave Courbet
Their interest in the arts also fuelled their unparalleled support of the Los Angeles art scene, most notably for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) where Charles was a founding trustee. Christie’s New York is proud to present masterpieces from the Ducommun Family Collection in our Post-War and Contemporary Art and Impressionist & Modern Art Evening and Day sales on 10–13 May.