Auction Catalog Highlight: The Collection of Charles Gillot

  • Posted on Nov 13, 2014 by

As NYARC’s IMLS M-LEAD 2 Project Coordinator stationed at the Brooklyn Museum I see a lot of auction catalogs—and I love them! Auction catalogs from the Brooklyn Museum Library continue to provide fascinating and surprising discoveries. Recently, I found a catalog comprising the collection of Charles Gillot filled with visual treasures! Who was Charles Gillot?


Special Collections Forever

  • Posted on May 23, 2014 by

I have been interning with the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives since August 2013 as part of the IMLS grant-funded M-LEAD-II Project; a collaborative project between Pratt Institute-SILS, the Brooklyn Museum, the Frick Art Reference Library and The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). Following a collection plan, I have been carefully reviewing and cataloging art auction catalogs from the library’s permanent collection.


Brayton Ives and His Collecting Disease

  • Posted on Jan 13, 2014 by

As a summer intern at the Frick Art Reference Library, I researched several New York auction catalogs in preparation for the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) online exhibition Gilding the Gilded Age: Interior Decoration Tastes & Trends in New York City. I found myself drawn to the catalogs with annotations of prices and buyers. This prompted me to reflect on society’s fascination with the money others pay for their belongings.


A Scandal and a Sale

  • Posted on Nov 10, 2013 by

While conducting research as an intern at the Frick Art Reference Library, I was reminded that the New York auction house often acts as a stage for dramatic, headline-generating sales. On the evening of April 21, 1915, Gilded Age magnates and their art advisors assembled at the Plaza Hotel for just such a sale (American Art Association). On the block was the masterpiece-studded Blakeslee Collection, available nearly in its entirety to the public as a result of the scandalous suicide of the collector and salesman, Theron J. Blakeslee.