The Dalva Brothers Collection

The Dalva Brothers Collection

Date: Jun 4, 2024 10:00 EST
Sale type: Live auction

 

EXHIBITION LOCATION
All of the property will be on view at Dalva Brothers.

DALVA BROTHERS
53 East 77th Street
between Madison & Park Ave
New York, NY 10075

Sat, June 1, Noon - 5pm
Sun, June 2, Noon - 5pm
Mon, June 3, Noon - 5pm


AUCTION LOCATION

Doyle New York
175 East 87th Street
New York, NY 10128

BIDDING SERVICES

Hillary Bradley
212-427-4141, ext 242
Fax: 212-427-7526
Bids@Doyle.com

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SALE SPECIALIST

Sal Trupiano
212-427-4141, ext 255
Sal.Trupiano@Doyle.com

MEDIA CONTACT

Louis LeB. Webre
212-427-4141, ext 232
Louis.Webre@Doyle.com

  • Landmark Two-Day Auction of The Dalva Brothers Collection on Tuesday, June 4 & Thursday, June 6, 2024 at 10am

  • One of the World's Foremost Dealers of 18th Century French & Continental Furniture & Decorative Arts Since 1933

  • Almost 400 Lots of Exceptional Furniture, Decorative Arts, Clocks, Mirrors, Old Master Paintings & More

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle is honored to announce the two-day landmark auction of The Dalva Brothers Collection. For more than 90 years, Dalva Brothers has been one of the world’s foremost resources for 18th century French and Continental furniture and decorative arts. Treasures from their New York showroom can be found in private collections around the world, as well as in such distinguished institutions as the J. Paul Getty Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles

Furniture, Decorative Arts & Old Masters from The Dalva Brothers Collection: June 4
The first session of the auction on Tuesday, June 4, 2024 at 10am showcases almost 400 lots of exceptional French and Continental furniture, decorative arts, clocks, mirrors, tapestries, Old Master paintings and much more.

Porcelain from The Dalva Brothers Collection: June 6
The auction of Porcelain from The Dalva Brothers Collection will take place on Thursday, June 6 at 10am. Featured will be over 150 lots of exquisite 18th and 19th porcelain by Sèvres, Vincennes, Meissen and other prominent makers. Read More

Exhibition at Dalva Brothers
The public is invited to the exhibition on view Saturday, June 1 through Monday, June 3 at Dalva Brothers, located at 53 East 77th Street in New York. The auction will take place at Doyle, 175 East 87th Street and streamed online at Doyle.com.



Dalva Brothers

Dalva Brothers was established in 1933 by Leon Dalva, Sr. and his two brothers, Raphael and Maurice. Leon and his wife Jean ran the business until they were joined by their sons David II and Leon Jr., a graduate in Art History from the Sorbonne. The firm welcomed its third generation with the addition of their grandson David III, a graduate in Art and Art History from Skidmore College.

Initially opened as Les Beaux-Arts Francais at the newly built Rockefeller Center, Dalva Brothers moved to a townhouse on “Antiques Row” on East 57th Street, the center of New York’s antiques trade, where they remained for over sixty years. Ten years ago, the firm moved uptown to 53 East 77th Street, a Gilded Age townhouse once owned by textile heiress and renowned collector Esther Slater Kerrigan.

Throughout its history, Dalva Brothers has always been a go-to destination for design professionals seeking rare finds for their projects. The list of interior designers who have sourced furniture and decorative arts from Dalva Brothers includes such influential design pioneers as Billy Baldwin, Sister Parrish and McMillan Inc., who helped Marjorie Merriweather Post decorate Hillwood, her lavish Washington, DC home, now a renowned museum. Other regulars included Albert Hadley, Denning & Fourcade and Mark Hampton, who would drop in on Christmas Eve searching for small gifts to present to his clients.

Dalva Brothers was also a favorite resource for prominent collectors and society luminaries, including Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Helena Rubenstein, Greta Garbo, Ann Getty, Gayfryd Steinberg, Susan Gutfreund, Enid Haupt and Jayne Wrightsman, who donated many of the furnishings from her own collection to the celebrated Wrightsman Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Fashion designers Hubert de Givenchy, Valentino Garavani and Gianni Versace were also clients of Dalva Brothers. On one memorable visit, Versace arrived with fashion editor Andre Leon Talley, who admired a Russian Orthodox ecclesiastical garment from the firm’s collection of antique textiles – Andre departed the visit happily carrying the garment, a spontaneous gift from the designer. He later wore it to the Metropolitan Opera.

For over nine decades, Dalva Brothers was a treasure trove of rare discoveries, each item bearing the hallmark of superior craftsmanship and timeless elegance. The firm remained dedicated to preserving and celebrating the legacy of exceptional French furniture and decorative arts, offering objects of enduring beauty and historical significance. The upcoming auctions offer a final opportunity to acquire treasures from one of the world’s most widely respected and cherished resources of 18th century French furniture and decorative arts – Dalva Brothers.

A Selection of Auction Highlights