A selection from the art collection of late fashion designer Herbert Kasper, including Old Master designs, antiques, designs, photographs and contemporary art, will be offered through a series of auctions at Christie’s this fall. .
Comprising 129 lots, the collection is expected to reach over $ 11.5 million. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to charity, Christie’s said.
Kasper, who died in March 2020 at the age of 93, has spent most of his professional career designing women’s clothing for Leslie Fay Inc., a leading clothing supplier for department stores. He began collecting in the 1950s while working in Paris for Christian Dior and Marcel Rochas and amassed a diverse collection over the next 50 years.
From January to May 2011, Kasper’s collection of drawings and photographs was on display at the Morgan Library and Museum in Manhattan.
The best-known pieces in his collection were drawings by Old Masters, 35 of them will be sold in a live auction at Christie’s in New York on October 14.
“As in other fields in which Kasper has collected, his Old Masters drawings are notable for their emphasis on a particular period and subject – and for their quality,” Stijn Alsteens, International Head of the Old Masters Drawings Department at Christie’s, said in a statement.
Although most of the drawings are 16th-century figure studies, they cover a variety of schools, techniques, styles and functions, he added.
These include the drawing by Hendrick Goltzius (1558-1617), Callisto’s pregnancy revealed to Diana, with an estimate of between US $ 300,000 and US $ 400,000; An angel in flight by Giuseppe Cesari (1569-1640) with an estimate between $ 250,000 and $ 350,000; and the drawing by Francesco de ‘Rossi (1510-1563), of a naked man looking to the right, his left foot resting on a stump, which is expected to sell for between $ 200,000 and $ 300,000.
Among his works of contemporary art is the work on paper of Jean Basquiat René Ricard, 1984, with an estimated presale of between $ 800,000 and $ 1.2 million.
Kapser’s collection of photographs, including works by Hiroshi Sugimoto, Helen Levitt, Adam Fuss and Vik Muniz, will be available on October 6. Other items will be offered from October through December as part of a series of auctions, including Old Master paintings on October 14, and prints and multiples on October 20.