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    Sergio Romiti (1928-2000)
    Stireria and Nello Spazio (two works), 1957; 1958
    Oil on canvas (each)
    22 x 29-1/2 inches (55.9 x 74.9 cm) and 28 x 37-1/4 inches (71.1 x 94.6 cm)
    Each signed lower right: Romiti

    PROVENANCE:
    XXIX Biennale Internazionale d'Arte di Venezia, October 10, 1958 (label verso);
    Alex and Anne Lowenthal, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, acquired from the above in 1958;
    By descent to the present owner.

    LITERATURE:
    Catalogue for XXIX Biennale Internazionale d'Arte di Venezia, 1958, page 118.


    "My home is not a museum," says Alexander Lowenthal, emphatically. "The closets are full of art and we change what we have here all the time, but it's really not a museum." While the Lowenthal apartment may not be a gallery, it is a showplace offering a look at many cultures and numerous centuries of art that many museums would, in fact, envy.

    The living room is a perfect example of Lowenthal eclecticism. The table is Sherington, the chairs either 1780 Florentine or Chippendale. The coffee table is made from a 20th century Vietnamese piece, inlaid with egg shells and covered with layers of shellac. A similar piece hangs over the mantle. About the room are Ming bronzes, 17th century vases, a Leger, some pre-Columbian figures, and 2,000-year old Roman glass. There are busts from northern India and rare sculpture from Thailand's Authia period, circa 800 A.D. The laps are made from 18th century French candlesticks, the floor lamp from a ceremonial horn acquired in Nepal. "And every one's a story," explains Anne Lowenthal. "Each piece represents a part of the world that we've touched." And after decades of collecting, the Lowenthals have touched the entire globe.

    Alexander Lowenthal acquired his interest in art while at Yale, but began to collect after attending his first Carnegie International in 1921. "Little by little I got to know artists' work from all over the world. All the great contemporary art was at the Carnegie. I bought more as I learned more. Then I started to go to the auctions and other shows, and we bought in our travels. I always try to buy the oldest thing I can and the newest. But I especially go for the new. It's in my nature."

    Anne Lowenthal, a Pittsburgh graduate and one-time instructor at the University, began her interest in art through the work she did with the Toledo Museum of Art. Her interest was galvanized after a 1929 tour through the museums of Europe.

    Since their marriage in 1935, the Lowenthals have gone to Europe nearly every year, many times completely around the world. "We're not world-class collectors," explains Anne Lowenthal. "But we know what quality is."

    Great museums concur. The Lowenthals have given their art to Harvard University's Fogg Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery in Washington D.C., The Israel Museum, the Carnegie Museum, and more.

    The Lowenthals, grateful to see parts of their collection housed throughout the world, enjoy the international correspondence that collecting and donating cause. "It's more than collecting pieces or donating them," says Anne Lowenthal. "It's important to us because this leads to a global vision."

    Tim Ziaukas
    Published in Pitt Magazine, 1983




    Condition Report*: Surface grime; the larger work has two areas of cupping to the left half with various indentations to the right half, most notably one approximately 3 inches long with two 1/2 inch indentions below to the upper right quadrant. Framed Dimensions 29 X 38.5 Inches
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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