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Ruth Teschner Costantino papers, 1923-1981

Creator:
Costantino, Ruth Teschner, 1892-1981
Subject:
Connoisseur, Inc
Place of publication, production, or execution:
Other
Physical Description:
0.4 linear ft.
Access Note / Rights:
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.
Summary:
Four passports, 1958-1972; correspondence; financial material including an account book, invoices, and receipts; printed materials, 1923-1971, including clippings, programs, and brochures; an autobiographical essay and articles on Italy; and a photograph, 1966, of 2 unidentified men.
Citation:
Ruth Teschner Costantino papers, 1923-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Biography Note:
Art dealer; New York, N.Y. Opened the Ruth Teschner Gallery in 1912. In 1935 she established another gallery, Connoisseur Inc., which closed after her death. A dealer in painting, sculpture, and antiques, she advised such collectors as Walter C. Baker, Stavros Niarchos, Henry Ford, Robert Lehman, and Asila Mellon Bruce. Her husband, Arturo Costantino, an Italian diplomat and banker had a substantial role in the building of the Italian Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair.
Provenance:
Donated by Mrs. Helen Fioratti, Ruth Teschner Costantino's daughter, 1983.
Location Note:
Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 750 9th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Topic:
Art dealers
Art galleries, Commercial
Business records
Gallery owners
Photographs
Women art dealers
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)5707
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)208544
AAA_collcode_consruth
Theme:
The Art Market
Women
Data Source:
Archives of American Art

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