Dealer Records :

American Art Gallery

American Art Gallery

American Art Gallery Records (1853-1924)

The Kurtz Gallery, founded by R. E. Moore, was renamed the American Art Gallery. It dealt in American paintings and Oriental porcelain. In 1883 J. F. Sutton took over the gallery and formed a partnership with R. Austin Robertson and T. E. Kirby. Two years later, as the American Art Association, the partners began to carry out art auctions. It was sold in 1923 to Cortlandt Field Bishop and merged in 1929 with Anderson Auction Company.

The auction sales of 1910-1923 in Series I are documented by sales correspondence, photographs, art inventories and price lists with buyers' names. Clippings in Series III include articles about American Art Association auction sales and staff.
The records include sales records for 1885-1921; a stock book for the years 1887-1917 and ledgers from the Blakeslees Galleries, thought to have been acquired in 1914.

Location of Record
Archives of American Art
Smithsonian Institution
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Smithsonian Institution Research Information System
<>, accessed 3 January 2003.

N. H. Yeide, K. Akinsha, A. L. Walsh (eds), AAM Guide to Provenance Research, Washington 2001, p. 215.