Frances Leventritt was a quintessential New Yorker-one whose tastes, manner, politics and sense of style were evident in every gesture. She and her husband, Victor, began collecting early in their marriage, and she continued even after his death in 1968. They collected under the guidance of their dear friend, the art historian Leo Steinberg. His advice was invaluable and through his introduction, the Leventritts came to have personal relationships with many important dealers, such as Pierre Matisse and Sam Kootz.
The collection ranges from Modernist paintings, drawings and sculptures including brilliant examples by Giacometti and Degas to Post War American and European artists, featuring jewels from Dubuffet and Calder as well as objects spanning the distant passions of Islamic pottery and old Master prints.