MERCHANTS OF ART Eight Years at Professional Collecting: 1880-1960 by Germain Sellgman
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MERCHANTS OF ART Eight Years at Professional Collecting: 1880-1960

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Report repeated from page 877 of the September 15th bulletin, when scheduled for fall publication, as follows: ""Not since Behrman's Daveen has there been so broad-based a review of a firm and the whole range of collecting as this survey of the house of Seligman. Perhaps the fact that Germain Sellgman in writing with admiration and restraint of his father, the dynamic, colorful Jacques Seligman, mutes the personal aspects in favor of the sublime adventure in the golden age of collecting. But the text is rich with vivid, concise pen portraits of the clients, people like the Rothschilds, Kann, Biron, David- ill, Edgar Stern, Pelletier- and on this side of the Atlantic, J.P. Morgan, Clarence Markay, Joseph Widener, William Randolph Hearst. Then there were the museum directors, the experts and specialists. The shuttle shifts back and forth- from the seeking out of . In wide variety, to the intricate process of selling, an art in itself in the hands of a such as Sellgman. It is an absorbing history, richly knowledgeable, and Germain Sellgman has captured that rare quality of integrity that has kept the best of collectors and the best of dealers on a somewhat rarefied plane. 128 pages of reproductions of paintings, sculptures, tapestries, bibelots. A fascinating book"".

Pub Date: Feb. 12th, 1961
Publisher: Appleton-Century-Crofts