Auction of Landowska Furnishings - 1/1/2005
- I forward this announcement for the benefit of those of you who might be
interested in bidding. I apologize to those who already have received it, either
directly or at other lists.
In a message dated 12/11/2004 9:46:28 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> As a part of the settlement of the Estate of Denise Restout, tangible
> personal property that belonged to her and that she inherited from Wanda Landowska
> will be sold at auction at Bradford's Galleries, Ltd., a distinguished
> auction gallery in Sheffield, Massachusetts, USA, on New Year's Day, January 1,
> 2005, beginning at 10:30 AM.
> While I am uncertain of the details, the auction is likely to include
> furniture and decorations that were used by Wanda Landowska during the decade that
> she lived at Oak Knoll, on Millerton Road, in Lakeville, CT. Among the items
> likely to be included in the sale on January 1, 2005, are the Victorian
> expanding table that Wanda Landowska used as a desk, the bookcases in which she
> housed her extensive library, and the dining table and chairs that she and her
> household used on a regular basis.
> Bradford's holds preview exhibitions for several days prior to its auctions,
> and the Gallery has the policy of offering items not included in the
> auctions for sale at fixed prices at the previews. It therefore is likely that
> personal property associated with Wanda Landowska will be available for purchase
> at the previews before the New Year's Day sale.
> For the convenience of those who might be interested in purchasing
> furnishings, decorations, and other items of tangible personal property associated
> with Wanda Landowska and Denise Restout, here is a link to the website for
> Bradford Galleries - Schedule
> I am confident that Bradford's, a gallery with a distinguished reputation,
> will be happy to help those who are interested in identifying specific items
> that came from the Landowska household.
> For those who are concerned and interested, Landowska's Pleyel harpsichords,
> Challis clavichord, and Steinway piano (the instrument on which she made her
> RCA Victor piano recordings), her scores, her personal papers, her library,
> several of other concert gowns, other items of her tangible personal
> property, and important material relating to Landowska's life and reception history
> that were gathered together by Denise Restout are now at the Library of
> Congress, in the Music Division. In addition, important documentation of Denise
> Restout's life, including her correspondence files and the meticulous diaries
> that she kept throughout her life now are on deposit of the Library of
> Congress. It will be a long time, of course, before this extensive archive can be
> made ready for scholars to use it, but the legacy is safe and will be made avai
> lable to future generations for research purposes.
> All of us who revere the artistry of Wanda Landowska will be eternally
> grateful to Denise Restout for devotedly and unswervingly maintaining and
> augmenting the Landowska Legacy and to Denise Restout's executors for making sure
> that Denise's wishes regarding the preservation of that legacy are fulfilled as
> she intended.
> Please pass this e-mail on to others whom you think may be interested in
> acquiring souvenirs and mementoes of Wanda Landowska and Denise Restout, and I
> apologize to any of you who receive multiple copies of this announcement.
> My best always,
> Mamusia's Ghost
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