Duveen: The Story of The Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time

Duveen: The Story of The Most Spectacular Art Dealer of All Time

 
 
 
 
 
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Joseph Duveen was the world's most famous art dealer. His clients were amongst the most prominent and infamous Americans of the 20th century and included Mellon, Frick, Hearst and Morgan. If you weren't a client, chances are you were a nobody. Famous for his charm, shrewd salesmanship, relentless pursuit of the perfect objet d'art and his ability to command eye-watering prices - Duveen was as unique as one of his priceless Old Masters.

In this exceptional biography S. N. Behrman tells the story of Duveen's rise to prestige, from delftware peddler to selling the greatest European paintings to the greatest American millionaires. Duveen was a skilled salesman, enticing his well-heeled and business-savvy clients with visions of cultivation through acquisition of high-culture. He even laid the foundations for the great American museums of art, including the National Gallery and the Frick Collection, by persuading his clients to bequeath their purchases to the nation. Everyone wanted a Duveen, because a Duveen was so much more than a painting or a vase; it was a chance at immortality.

Product Code 1039872
ISBN 9781907970573
Author S. N. Behrman
Pages 188
Format Paperback
Publisher Daunt Books
MIN_STOCK_LEVEL 2
Published Nov 2014
GTIN 9781907970573
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