Peggy and David Rockefeller met in 1937, the evening before he was heading to the UK to attend a graduate course at London School of Economics. Being part of the Rockefeller history, his family was the epitome of ‘The American Dream’. Nonetheless, the original Rockefeller to create this fortune came from humble beginnings although his name was synonymous with capitalism. But David Rockefeller was known for his continuous commitment to the natural and cultural heritage of America, Asia, UK and worldwide.
Peggy and David’s collection was not only passed down through generations but also acquired throughout their life together. This ranged from Impressionist American and Asian Art, European Porcelain, Folk Art to Modern and practically everything in-between. Their homes were never considered ostentatious, yet it could be said that they have a resemblance to some of Wes Anderson’s set and colour palette.
‘My late wife Peggy and I really bought things together. We both felt, wisely, that if we should live with things we should both like them.’ – David Rockefeller
Their unbelievable collection up for auction is arguably going to be the highest philanthropist auction in history, estimated at a cool 650 million pound. With every single penny being donated to charity, although it may seem an excessive collection to have owned, the proceeds will all be for the greater good of the world.
This unbelievable collection includes a Picasso, from 1905 – Fillette à la corbeille fleurie which translates as a young girl holding a flower basket.
A Henri Matisse painted in Nice in 1923 and is said to be the greatest Matisse offer to the market in this generation. Not forgetting a Monet, The Garden of Giverny, which is part of a group of paintings brighter than his usual, created between 1914 and 1917.
The Rockefeller’s were also known for their love of Asian culture, Chinese porcelain was collected throughout generations. The ‘Rockefeller Pattern’ Dinner Service that was used for large events throughout the families history will also be up for auction.
This collection could possibly be one of the greatest personal collections of all time. So if you would like to experience and see some of the most world-renowned pieces of art history get yourself down to 8 King Street, St. James’s London SW1Y 6QT the viewing will be available until 8th March. Then onto Paris, L.A., Beijing and Shanghai before returning to The Rockefeller centre in New York before the auction.