Stock sheets, stock books, ledgers, and
assorted papers document the objects, primarily decorative arts pieces, bought
and sold by the New York art dealer, French & Company, between 1909 and
American art dealership based in New York City, French & Company
bought and sold decorative arts, as well paintings and sculpture. Mitchell
Samuels founded the firm in New York in 1907. Under Mitchell
Samuels'directorship French & Company clients included many wealthy
American collectors eager for decorative art objects and paintings of European
provenance. Among their clients were, J. Paul Getty and William Randolph
Hearst. During this period the firm also served as agents and decorators for
the Huntingtons, Fricks, Mellons and Astors, among others. Mitchell's son
Spencer took over the firm in the 1950s. After his father's death, Spencer sold
the firm to City Investing in 1959. In 1968 City Investing sold the firm to
Martin Zimet. Much of the French & Company remaining stock of decorative
arts objects was sold at auction in 1968. The firm continued under the same
name after the 1950s, but with a changing inventory and clientele.
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