Works from the Charles and Palmer Ducommun Collection will be offered in our Post-War and Contemporary Art and Impressionist & Modern Art sales on 10–13 May at Christie’s New York
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.
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.