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Joseph and Ernest Brummer (1883-1947 and 1891-1964, respectively) were major art dealers who collected widely from classical antiquity to Modern Art, with significant focus on works of the Middle Ages, Pre-Columbian America, and Renaissance and Baroque decorative arts.
This collection primarily contains information on objects which were acquired through their New York and Paris galleries and sold in New York. It features an estimated 16,000 object cards, ordered by accession number.
Most cards are numbered with an “N”, “P”, or “X” prefix; “N” is for stock acquired through the New York Gallery (in operation from 1914 to 1947), “P” for stock shipped from Paris to New York, and “X” for consignment objects. The four-by-six cards feature thumbnail photographs, names of sellers and buyers, purchase and sale prices, and, occasionally, condition information. Paris stock cards also note the objects’ arrival dates in the U.S.
Accompanying the cards are four binders (two for actively held inventory and two for sold items), arranged by Brummer-assigned classifications of an art era or medium, holding duplicates of the small object photos with accession numbers written below. These albums illustrate objects purchased in both New York and Paris from 1920 to 1947 and sold between 1934 and 1949. They allow researchers unequipped with Brummer stock numbers to locate an item by its physical features.
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Additionally, the collection includes some 4,000 client address cards, which periodically note the purchase of or even an inquiry on specific objects.
Funding for this project was provided by The Kress Foundation.