Jayne Wrightsman (1919-2019) was a connoisseur and patron of the arts who played a central role in reviving the field of French decorative arts in America.
Mrs. Wrightsman and her husband, Charles B. Wrightsman, built an almost unparalleled collection of furniture and works of art and served as Trustees of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, making generous gifts to the museum and establishing The Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts.
Jayne Wrightsman embodied both style and substance, becoming an expert in 18th-century French decorative arts, European paintings, and 18th-century French manuscripts, books and bindings.
Next month, Christie’s will offer The Private Collection of Jayne Wrightsman in live and online including Old Master paintings and sculpture, European furniture and ceramics, Chinese ceramics and works of art, silver and carpets, and other items. Mrs. Wrightsman lived with these items in her apartment at 820 Fifth Avenue, across the street from The Met.
Bonnie Brennan, Christie’s Deputy Chairman said,
“From revitalising the study of French decorative arts to gifting masterpiece works to her cherished Metropolitan Museum of Art, Jayne Wrightsman stands as
one of the most important figures in the modern history of collecting.
Check out some highlights below, and the full auction here. It’s a lesson in “fancy taste” –next level.
(Photos, Christies; via Christie’s)