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Lambertville, NJ, United States
DoneSun, Oct 21, 2018 2:00 PM GMT

The Collection of Martin Cohen, Part 1

Martin Cohen is a collector, dealer and connoisseur of art and design whose taste has always led the collecting curve. Over the course of four decades, he amassed an encyclopedic collection of fine furnishings, lighting, art and antiquities large enough to rival a small museum?s holdings. Indeed, Cohen has placed pieces in numerous national and international museums and institutions. Cohen?s tiny Madison Avenue shop and his pursuit of the rare, beautiful and obscure brought him into contact with artists, collectors and curators. Those he cites as clients and friends say as much about the range of his taste as the company he kept. They include Edgar Kaufmann Jr., the critic and architectural historian (and son of Edgar Kaufmann, who commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright?s masterpiece, Falling Water); Andy Warhol, who brought Loulou de la Falaise, Yves St. Laurent and Paloma Picasso to shop; Cleveland Museum of Art curator Henry Hawley; the designer Joseph H. Heil, a pioneer Tiffany collector; and J. Stewart Johnson, a curator at the Brooklyn Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, Museum of Modern Art and Metropolitan Museum of Art who bought from Cohen for all these institutions. Cohen must be a fearsome hunter and gatherer; he maintains that no object he deeply desired ever escaped his possession. Years of experience have given him the confidence of the connoisseur: attracted to a piece about which he knows little or nothing, he acts. He doesn?t think of this as risky behavior. Nor does he regret a single purchase: they all had something to teach him. This sale presents over 200 lots of the American and European decorative arts, sculpture, lighting and other objects of art that have inspired, intrigued and informed the estimable hoarder, Martin Cohen.