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Jacques Seligmann & Co.

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role Dealer/Gallery
dates 1880-1978
city New York City
sex n/a
historical notes International art galleries; New York City and Paris, France, also known as Jacques Seligmann Galleries.

The company's clients included most of the major American and European art collectors of the era, and the art that passed through its galleries often ended up in the collection of prominent American and European museums. Established as Jacques Seligmann & Cie in 1880 on the Rue des Mathurins, Paris. As American clients increased, the firm opened a New York office in 1904. In 1920, Seligmann's son Germain Seligman (who dropped the last 'n' from his name), a writer and scholar, became a partner and appointed president of the New York office. Jacques Seligmann died in 1923, and in 1924, Germain became president of both the New York and Paris offices. In 1937, the company headquarters moved from Paris to New York.

The firm was active in antiquities, decorative arts, Renaissance art, and was among the first to foster contemporary European art, primarily through its subsidiary firm De Hauke & Co. (later Modern Paintings, Inc.), managed by César Mange de Hauke. In 1935, its Contemporary American Department was established, headed by longtime gallery employee Theresa D. Parker. During the years following WWII, the firm was involved in the recovery of looted artwork and property, and the sale of several significant collections. The firm ceased operations upon the death of Germain Seligman in 1978.
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Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Jacques Seligmann & Co. records, 1904-1978 (bulk 1913-1974) see details...
The Getty Research Institute
Research Libraries, Archives and Special Collections
Photographs of fine and decorative arts. see details...
Archives of American Art
Victor Building, Suite 2200
Oral history interview with William Milliken, 1974 Dec. 27-1976 Mar. 13. see details...
National Gallery of Art, Image Collection
2000B South Club Drive
Dealer Photo Archives: Jacques Seligman & Co. see details...

see also:
Seligman, Germain
Seligmann, François-Gérard, 1912-1999
Seligmann, Jacques, 1858-1923
Arnold Seligmann & Co.