The Collection of Hester Diamond Part I

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The Collection of Hester Diamond Part I

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The Collection of Hester Diamond Part I
Auction: Fri 29 Jan 2021
Exhibition: to Fri 29 Jan 2021
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29 January 2021 | New York | full auction details

Dynamic, unpredictable, and incomparable, Hester Diamond was a fearless and visionary collector. Whether through the expressive qualities of the paintings and sculpture in her apartment, the electric colors of her furniture, or in the mesmerizing patterns of the textiles she chose, each piece in her collection personifies Hester’s distinct vision and the freedom that came with being true to herself. The ability to pursue her passions with such conviction and clarity not only propelled Hester to build an extraordinary career as a venerated art dealer and interior designer, but, in a remarkable feat, to assemble important collections of both Modernist works and Old Master Paintings and Sculpture from the ground up that were of equal quality and breadth. Hester was a prolific and passionate collector and traveled extensively in search of quality. She acquired masterpieces by art historical titans such as Bernini and Dosso Dossi, but also recognized the beauty in the hands of anonymous masters, and the fresh viewpoints of contemporary voices like Barry X Ball and Bill Viola. The ease in which Hester displayed art and objects across time periods demonstrated the frivolity of artificial barriers imposed among collecting categories, and she proved that they could be broken and lived with comfortably.

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Selected Lots

  • Nativity

    Benvenuto Tisi, called Garofalo
    Nativity

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  • Virgin and Child, from an illuminated Book of Hours

    School of Bruges
    Virgin and Child, from an illuminated Book of Hours

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  • Relief with the Mourning Marys and Saint John

    Southern Netherlandish, Antwerp, circa 1520
    Relief with the Mourning Marys and Saint John

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  • A triptych: The Nativity, The Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation in the Temple

    Pieter Coecke van Aelst
    A triptych: The Nativity, The Adoration of the Magi, The Presentation in the Temple

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  • 'Johannesschüssel' or Saint John's Head on a Platter

    Southern Netherlandish, Antwerp or Brussels, circa 1480
    'Johannesschüssel' or Saint John's Head on a Platter

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  • Retable with the Lamentation

    Southern Netherlandish, Brussels, circa 1480-1500
    Retable with the Lamentation

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  • Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist

    Roberto d'Oderisio
    Crucifixion with the Virgin and Saint John the Evangelist

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  • Madonna and Child

    Girolamo della Robbia, Florence, probably circa 1510
    Madonna and Child

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  • Man of Sorrows with Mourning Angels

    Attributed to the Master of San Trovaso, Italian, Veneto, circa 1480
    Man of Sorrows with Mourning Angels

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  • The Circumcision

    Giovanni Battista Benvenuti, called Ortolano
    The Circumcision

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  • Madonna and Child

    Lorenzo Ghiberti and workshop, Italian, Florence, circa 1425-50
    Madonna and Child

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  • Mary Magdalene

    Benedetto da Maiano, Italian, Florence, circa 1485-95
    Mary Magdalene

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  • St. Jerome in the wilderness with a lion

    Francesco de' Franceschi
    St. Jerome in the wilderness with a lion

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  • The Flagellation of Christ

    Alessandro Fei, called Alessandro del Barbiere
    The Flagellation of Christ

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  • Saint Joseph, a head study for the Visitation Altarpiece

    Federico Barocci
    Saint Joseph, a head study for the Visitation Altarpiece

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  • The Plague at Pergamea; The Sicilian Games

    Giovanni Francesco di Niccolò di Luteri, called Dosso Dossi
    The Plague at Pergamea; The Sicilian Games

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  • Four Reliefs with Personifications of the Winds

    Giovanni Bonazza, Italian, Padua, circa 1700
    Four Reliefs with Personifications of the Winds

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  • St. Michael and the Fall of the Rebel Angels

    Italian, Trapani, circa 1700
    St. Michael and the Fall of the Rebel Angels

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  • Saint James the Less

    Jean del Cour, Flemish, Liège, circa 1690 - 1691
    Saint James the Less

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  • Dido

    Aurelio Lombardo, Italian, circa 1525
    Dido

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  • Autumn

    Pietro Bernini and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Rome, circa 1615-1618
    Autumn

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  • Christ Child

    Attributed to Martin Zürn, German, Lake Constance, circa 1630
    Christ Child

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  • Envy

    Barry X Ball
    Envy

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  • Spread Forest

    Xu Zhen (MadeIn Company)
    Spread Forest

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  • Penitent Mary Magdalene adoring the True Cross in a rocky landscape

    Filippino Lippi
    Penitent Mary Magdalene adoring the True Cross in a rocky landscape

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  • The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (Anna Selbdritt)

    Master of the Schongauer Altärchen, German, Passau, circa 1510
    The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne (Anna Selbdritt)

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  • Saint George and the Dragon

    South German, Swabia, circa 1480
    Saint George and the Dragon

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  • The Dormition of the Virgin

    Jörg Lederer and Workshop, South German, Kaufbeuren, circa 1510-1520
    The Dormition of the Virgin

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  • Saint Sebastian

    Jörg Lederer, South German, Kaufbeuren, circa 1515-1520
    Saint Sebastian

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  • Psychogeography Study #9 (Empathy & Entropy)

    Dustin Yellin
    Psychogeography Study #9 (Empathy & Entropy)

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  • Pilate presenting Christ (Ecce Homo)

    German, Nuremberg, circa 1480-1490
    Pilate presenting Christ (Ecce Homo)

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  • Lamentation

    Maarten van Heemskerck
    Lamentation

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  • St. Jerome in his study

    Master of the Lille Adoration
    St. Jerome in his study

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  • The Lamentation

    Leonhard Kern, German, circa 1614-1620
    The Lamentation

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  • A German Rococo Stand carved with dragons, shellwork and a cornucopia

    South German, probably Franconia, mid-18th century
    A German Rococo Stand carved with dragons, shellwork and a cornucopia

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  • Saint Martin and the Beggar

    Attributed to Lux Maurus, South German, Allgäu, circa 1510-20
    Saint Martin and the Beggar

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  • Christ in the Garden

    Attributed to Hans Degler, South German, Weilheim, circa 1600-1610
    Christ in the Garden

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  • Sudarium (St. Veronica's Veil), St. George slaying a dragon, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, the Deesis: a triptych

    Nikolaos Tzafouris
    Sudarium (St. Veronica's Veil), St. George slaying a dragon, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, the Deesis: a triptych

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  • Madonna Nursing the Christ Child with Saints Lawrence and Margaret; Predella: the Man of Sorrows, Mater Dolorosa, and Saint John the Evangelist, with two coats of arms

    Jacopo di Cione
    Madonna Nursing the Christ Child with Saints Lawrence and Margaret; Predella: the Man of Sorrows, Mater Dolorosa, and Saint John the Evangelist, with two coats of arms

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  • Mater Dolorosa

    Alonso Berruguete, Spanish, probably Úbeda, circa 1555
    Mater Dolorosa

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  • Madonna and Child on a Crescent Moon

    Circle of Veit Stoss, German, Nuremberg, circa 1510
    Madonna and Child on a Crescent Moon

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  • Assumption of the Virgin

    South German or Bohemian, circa 1700
    Assumption of the Virgin

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  • David Triumphant Over Goliath

    Giuseppe Maria Mazza, Italian, Bologna, Late 17th/Early 18th Century
    David Triumphant Over Goliath

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  • Adoration of the Shepherds

    Joachim Anthonisz. Wtewael
    Adoration of the Shepherds

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  • Deposition of Christ

    Jacopo da Ponte, called Jacopo Bassano
    Deposition of Christ

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  • The Lamentation

    Giuseppe Mazzuoli and Bartolomeo Mazzuoli, Italian, 1710-25
    The Lamentation

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  • Eagle

    French, circa 1700-1725
    Eagle

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  • A Putto catching a Goat

    Matthias Bernhard Braun, Austria, circa 1720
    A Putto catching a Goat

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  • Ablutions

    Bill Viola
    Ablutions

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