The mysterious Maurice de Bosdari, a would-be agent for Stefano Bardini

24 May 2017 - 18:00

Lecture in English by Lynn Catterson

The Florentine dealer Stefano Bardini probably met Maurice de Bosdari, an Italian banker from Ancona, in 1900. Material from the Bardini archive reveals Bosdari’s machinations to buy art objects from Bardini with the intention of selling them to J. Pierpont Morgan. He was successful, but he was also shady. Drawing on this material, Lynn Catterson of Columbia University examines the intricacies of the various agents and double-agents involved in the market competition for Morgan’s business and for the promise of providing the decoration for the soon-to-be built Morgan Library.


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