The Kaufman Collection: The pursuit of excellence and a gift to the nation

The Kaufmans' encyclopedic collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American masterworks of cabinetmaking is an extraordinary gift to the nation. Seeing it in situ with their collection of Dutch paintings makes a sublime kind of sense. The paintings, which originally belonged to the merchant elite of that country, are a beautiful fit with the furniture made for the merchant elite of this country.  

John A. Hays

Deputy Chairman,Christie's America

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by Émile Jacques Ruhlmann (1879-1933), 1926. Macassar ebony, amaranth, and ivory. Metropolitan Museum of Art. By Cynthia Drayton

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