Chinese art and European decorative art from the collection of Lucie and Walter Rosen, a notable couple in the first half of the 20th century who founded the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah, New York, will be auctioned in two separate events at Sotheby’s this spring: a March 16 auction featuring Chinese Art (held during Asia Week) and an April 12 auction spotlighting European decorative arts (held during Decorative Arts Week). All proceeds will be dedicated to the ongoing care of Rosen House and the fine and decorative art on display there.
“The Rosens created a beautiful oasis for their friends and family to appreciate music and the arts, and then opened Caramoor to the public to share that experience with everyone,” says Jeffrey P. Haydon, chief executive officer of Caramoor. “In our 70th anniversary year, we have launched an initiative to ensure the ongoing vitality of the Rosen House. The sale of these carefully selected items preserves our ability to highlight the treasures at Rosen House and provides funding that will support the care of this extraordinary home and the objects housed there for future generations.”
The works appearing in the auctions were acquired by the Rosens themselves and decorated their residences in New York City and in Westchester County, the site of Caramoor. The Chinese Art sale will feature, among other items, a Rare Pair of Ormolu and Paste-Set Lanterns, Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period; and A Rare and Impressive Cloisonné-Enamel and Gilt-Bronze Five-Piece Altar Garniture (Wugong); while the European Decorative Arts auction will spotlight a German Rococo Silvered and Gilt-Gessoed Bombé Commode; a rare Turkish carpet; and a Swiss tapestry.
The Caramoor Center hosts musical performances spanning opera, orchestra, chamber, jazz, and American Roots music, and serves to mentor up-and-coming musicians as well as to provide children with music-based educational programming. Learn more about the center.