MOMA to offer decorative arts in October sale
A selection of decorative works from the Museum of Modern Art are to cross the block at Christie’s New York on October 27.
Luke Syson of the Metropolitan Museum of Art explains: “This has been just the right moment thoroughly to reassess our British collections for the first time in half a century. In planning this sale, our key concern and challenge in deciding which pieces to retain, and which to liberate, has been to determine which pieces belong in a museum and which, on the contrary, would sing louder and better in someone’s home.
“We have considered what stories arise from which objects, and more practically how much space we will have in our galleries and indeed our storerooms.
“Moreover, as the Met’s collections have grown, some duplication has been inevitable. So this has also been the opportunity to identify gaps in our collection – for example in the nineteenth century, from the Regency to the Great Exhibition to Arts and Crafts Movement and Design Reform.”
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