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Author/Artist Frick, Henry Clay, 1849-1919.
Title Henry Clay Frick Furnishings Files, 1913-1920.
Description 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
Arrangement The collection is arranged alphabetically by name of the firm or correspondent, with an inventory filed at the end.
Location Call Number Vol./Copy Status Information
 Frick Archives  TFC.0100.020    AVAILABLE BY APPT
Access restrictions These records are open for research under the conditions of The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives access policy. Contact the Archives Department for further information at archives@frick.org.
Summary Documents the furnishing and interior decoration of Henry Clay Frick's New York residence, located at One East 70th Street. Correspondence, telegrams, handwritten notes, invoices, and lists of estimates detail the selection and purchase of furniture, lighting fixtures, draperies, rugs, wall coverings and other decorative accessories for the house. Correspondents include Henry Clay Frick, Charles Allom, E.R. Bacon, Alfred Anson, Thomas Hastings, E.T. Stotesbury and Frank Partridge. The majority of the files pertain to White, Allom & Co., the firm responsible for decorating and furnishing the first floor of the residence, as well as the Breakfast Room and Mr. Frick's Sitting Room on the second floor. E.R. Bacon and Alfred Anson correspondence concerns the purchase of a suite of Beauvais tapestry furniture from the Duke of Devonshire. Also of note is a three-page Edward F. Caldwell & Co. list of lighting fixtures, containing 31 small pencil drawings of the fixtures. This collection represents only a portion of the material related to the furnishings and interior decoration of the Frick residence; the bulk of these papers are in the One East 70th Street Papers, also located in The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Biographical/historical note Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919), a prominent industrialist and art collector, commissioned architect Thomas Hastings of the firm Carrère & Hastings to design and build his New York residence in 1912. Located at One East 70th Street, the three-story Beaux-Arts mansion featured a 100-foot gallery for his art collection. Charles Allom of White, Allom & Co. and Elsie de Wolfe were selected to furnish the rooms. Frick, along with his wife and daughter, took up residence in the house in November 1914. Frick, who began his art collection in 1881, continued to acquire paintings, sculpture, furnishings and other decorative objects until his death in 1919. In 1931, the house, in accordance with the terms of Frick's will, was converted into a museum, with architectural changes overseen by John Russell Pope. Expanded to include two new galleries, a music room, and a garden court, the museum opened to the public as The Frick Collection in 1935.
Cite as Henry Clay Frick Furnishings Files. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
Related collections Henry Clay Frick Art Collection Files. The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives.
One East 70th Street Papers, on deposit at The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.
Henry Clay Frick Papers, Series I: Art Files, on deposit at The Frick Collection/Frick Art Reference Library Archives from the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.
Finding aids Available online and in repository.
Other subject Allom, Charles 1865-1947.
Anson, Alfred.
LC subject Bacon, Edward R. (Edward Rathbone), 1846-1915.
Frick, Henry Clay, 1849-1919 -- Homes and haunts -- New York (State) -- New York.
Hastings, Thomas, 1860-1929.
Edw. F. Caldwell & Co.
Other subject White, Allom & Co.
LC subject Art -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York.
Decorative arts -- Collectors and collecting -- New York (State) -- New York.
Interior decoration -- New York (State) -- New York.
Mansions -- New York (State) -- New York.
Genre/Form Correspondence.
Financial records.
WorldCat no. 713907326

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