auction house has announced that the personal collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller will be sold to benefit a dozen nonprofit institutions and organizations. David Rockefeller was the youngest son of philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and the grandson of oil industry tycoon and pioneering philanthropist John D. Rockefeller.
To be held at Rockefeller Center in New York City, the series of dedicated sales will include more than two thousand individual items that the Rockefellers collected or received over the years from earlier generations of the family. The collection reflects the Rockefeller family's lifelong passion for Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modern art, paintings by American masters, English and European furniture, Asian art, European ceramics and Chinese porcelain, and American decorative arts and furniture. Select highlights from the collection will be toured in advance of the sales to Asia, Europe, and within the United States.
The sales will be conducted in keeping with the pledge of David Rockefeller, who died in March at the age of 101, to direct the majority of his wealth to philanthropy and provide for the cultural, educational, medical, and environmental causes he and his wife, who predeceased him in 1996, long supported. According to the , recipients will include the , , the , and .
"We are delighted to be partnering with Christie's to create a significant fundraising opportunity for the philanthropies that are so important to the Rockefeller family," said David Rockefeller, Jr. "We are proud to fulfill my father's wish to share with the world the art and objects he and my mother collected over a lifetime together and use them as means to continue the long legacy of Rockefeller family philanthropy first established by John D. Rockefeller."