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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 Pissarro. 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