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Close Encounters | Adam Levine - Selling “Small Wonders”: Art Sales Catalogues from the Belle Époque

Friday, January 20 2017
Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre, Art Gallery of Ontario
Members $15 | Public $17 | Students $10


Paris in the late 1800s was the hub of a thriving art market, and at the heart of it all was collector and dealer, Frederic Spitzer. Many of the boxwood sculptures featured in the Small Wonders exhibition were bought and sold at his imposing townhouse in the centre of the city. Adam Levine, historian of medieval and renaissance art, examines luxurious illustrated sale catalogues from Spitzer’s major auctions, and reveals where he bought his works, to whom he sold them, and, in a few cases, how he tampered with the objects to feed his clients’ insatiable tastes for historical luxury goods. Presented in conjunction with Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures.

Lead Supporter

  • Maxine Granovsky Gluskin and Ira Gluskin

Generously supported by

  • Hans and Susan Brenninkmeyer
  • David G. Broadhurst
  • Nancy Lockhart and The Murray Frum Foundation
  • The Dorothy Strelsin Foundation

With assistance from

  • Anthony and Helen Graham

Online catalogue raisonné and digital photography made possible through the generous support of

  • The Family of the late Ken Thomson

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