As the global tour begins in Hong Kong, we unveil a Rose Period Picasso handpicked from Gertrude Stein’s collection, the most important Matisse ever offered at auction, and other standout works from an unprecedented philanthropic auction
‘Eventually,’ said David Rockefeller, ‘all these objects which have brought so much pleasure to Peggy and me will go out into the world and will again be available to other caretakers who, hopefully, will derive the same satisfaction and joy from them as we have over these past several decades.’
In spring of 2018, the sale of The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller will take place at Christie’s Rockefeller Center Galleries in New York. In keeping with David Rockefeller’s pledge to direct the majority of his wealth to philanthropy and provide for the cultural, educational, medical, and environmental causes long supported by him and his wife, all of the Estate’s proceeds from the sales across a wide variety of categories will be donated to the Rockefeller family’s charities of choice. As such, it will be the most important philanthropic auction ever held.
A global tour of selected highlights begins in Hong Kong (24-27 November), followed by London, Los Angeles and New York in the spring of 2018. Each tour stop will reveal new facets of the collection.
‘We are delighted to share this first exhibition, which is designed to re-introduce these masterpieces to the world after generations of care and stewardship by the Rockefeller family,’ says Marc Porter, Christie’s Chairman, Americas. ‘Our decision to begin the tour in Asia is in keeping with the Rockefeller family’s long commitment and philanthropic ties to the region, dating to John D. Rockefeller, Sr.’s first charitable gift to China in 1863. We look forward to sharing additional highlights of the collection as we proceed with the tour, leading to sales in New York next spring on behalf of the selected charities.’
The Peggy and David Rockefeller Collection was gathered over a lifetime and handed down from previous generations.
Truly cross-category in nature, and reflecting the family’s wide-ranging interests and intellectual pursuits, The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller was gathered over a lifetime and handed down from previous generations. It reveals the Rockefellers’ lasting passion for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works of art, American paintings, English and European furniture, Asian works of art, European ceramics and Chinese export porcelain, silver, and American decorative arts and furniture, among other categories.