The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Art Nouveau will be sold as a single-owner sale on February 22, 2015 at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois.
The Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection of Art Nouveau was consigned through the newest of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers regional offices in St. Louis, Missouri. The collection features Art Nouveau furniture and decorative arts from Louis Majorelle, Émile Gallé, Loetz and Tiffany Studios. It also includes works of art by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Alphonse Marie Mucha and Henri Privat-Livemont.
The late Mr. Brodsky was a prolific poet, businessman, scholar and collector. Of these pursuits, Mr. Brodsky was most passionate about writing. At the age of 73 he had written nearly 12,000 poems, many of which he published through his own publishing house. He had a goal of writing one poem every 24 hours. His personal website states, “In a manner of speaking, this site is the culmination of fifty-one years of work, during which time I’ve composed at least one new poem, on average, every other day.”
The focus Mr. Brodsky provided to his writing is similar to that of his collecting. He began by collecting Americana then turned his interest to William Faulkner. During this time, Mr. Brodsky amassed one of the largest collections of Faulker manuscripts and memorabilia in the world. It was acquired by Southeast Missouri State University in 1988 and curated by Brodsky himself.
After Faulkner, Mr. Brodsky began collecting Ernest Trova, a surrealist artist from St. Louis, Missouri, before turning his attention to Art Nouveau. He had a love of the period his entire life and became a meticulous collector concerned with acquiring only the highest quality and exceptionally rare items. Mr. Brodsky grew his collection by purchasing from the most reputable galleries and was personally devoted to proper maintenance. The property in this auction displays his museum quality and cohesive artwork, furniture and decorative arts.
The auction will take place February 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM CST in the Chicago saleroom. For more information, including detailed condition reports and bid assistance, please contact Rebecca Williams at 312-334-4217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art Nouveau from the Louis Daniel Brodsky Collection
Sunday, February 22 at 12 PM CT
An Early Émilé Gallé Enameled Cameo Glass Pitcher $4,000/6,000
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Divan Japonais $10,000/20,000