INVENTORY OF THE GABRIELLE KOPELMAN PAPERS, 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989

Finding aid prepared by Sheila Prospero


Descriptive Summary

Title: Gabrielle Kopelman papers
Date (inclusive): 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989
Number: 2010.M.78
Creator/Collector: Kopelman, Gabrielle
Physical Description: 10.8 linear feet (21 boxes)
Repository:
The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles, California, 90049-1688
(310) 440-7390
Abstract: The papers of Gabrielle Kopelman document her numerous projects as a New York-based independent conservator for various institutions such as The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Toledo Museum of Art, as well as art dealers including P. & D. Colnaghi & Company and Wildenstein & Company. The archive includes restoration projects of paintings by major artists such as Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Hendrik Terbrugghen. The bulk of the collection contains photographic documentation of paintings in the form of black-and-white prints, negatives, radiographs and color transparencies. Also included are related papers including correspondence, invoices, notes and clippings.
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Language: Collection material is in English

Biographical / Historical Note

Gabrielle Kopelman, an independent conservator of Old Master paintings based in New York, has restored numerous paintings for various institutions including The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, The Toledo Museum of Art and The Frick Collection, as well as art dealers such as P. & D. Colnaghi & Company, Limited, Thomas Agnew & Sons Limited, and Wildenstein & Company. Some of her more notable conservation projects include paintings by Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Hendrik Terbrugghen.

Administrative Information

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers, except Box 21, which is sealed until 2018.

Publication Rights

Preferred Citation

Gabrielle Kopelman papers, 1950-2010 (bulk 1970-1989), The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2010.M.78

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mr. Victor Rodwin in 2010.

Processing History

Processed by Sheila Prospero under the supervision of Andra Darlington from January 2012 to March 2013.

Separated Materials

Four monographs and four serials were transferred to the library. These publications may be found by searching the Library Catalog  for the Gabrielle Kopelman Collection.

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection documents Kopelman's numerous projects as an independent conservator commissioned by various institutions such as The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and The Toledo Museum of Art, as well as art dealers including P. & D. Colnaghi & Company and Wildenstein & Company. Highlights of the archive include restoration projects of paintings by major artists such as Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens and Hendrik Terbrugghen.
The client files in Series I form the bulk of the archive and document Kopelman's conservation projects for museums, galleries and art dealers. The majority of the files contain black-and-white photographs and color transparencies of the paintings that Kopelman restored, as well as related papers including correspondence, invoices and clippings. Some files also include color slides and prints, as well as x-rays of artworks such as Rembrandt's Obelisk, Rubens's Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment, and One of Their Children and Antoine Watteau's The Island of Cythera.
Series II provides a glimpse into Kopelman's research work and conservation process. A small number of research papers and condition notes on numerous paintings comprise this series. The archive also contains a collection of black-and-white photographs of frames which can be found in Series III. These photographs were organized by Kopelman according to school.
Additional black-and-white negatives of paintings restored by Kopelman comprise Series IV. Hundreds of these negatives have been assigned numbers but the names of the works were not identified by Kopelman.

Arrangement

Arranged in four series: Series I. Client files, 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989; Series II. Notes and research papers, undated; Series III. Photographs of frames, undated; Series IV. Negatives of paintings, undated.

Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn, 1606-1669
Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640
Terbrugghen, Hendrik, 1588?-1629
Watteau, Antoine, 1684-1721

Subjects - Topics

Art dealers--United States
Art museums--United States
Painting, Baroque--Conservation and restoration
Painting, Dutch--17th century
Painting, Flemish--17th century
Painting--Conservation and restoration--United States

Genres and Forms of Material

Black-and-white negatives
Black-and-white prints (photographs)
Color prints (photographs)
Color slides
Color transparencies
Photographic prints--20th century
Photographs, Original
Radiographs

Contributors

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston, Massachusetts)
Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Richard L. Feigen & Company
Thomas Agnew & Sons
Toledo Museum of Art


Container List

 

Series I. Client files, Bulk, 1970-1989 1950-2010, bulk 1970-1989

Physical Description: 8.0 linear feet (16 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

The client files in Series I form the bulk of the archive and document Kopelman's conservation projects for museums, galleries and art dealers. The majority of the files contain black-and-white photographs and color transparencies, as well as related papers including correspondence, invoices and clippings. Some files also include color slides and prints, as well as x-rays of artworks such as Rembrandt's Obelisk, Rubens's Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment, and One of Their Children and Antoine Watteau's The Island of Cythera.

Arrangement note

Kopelman's original order has been retained and is arranged alphabetically either by the institution or owner's name, artist, or by city or country.
 

Williams, Adam, 1983

Scope and Content Note

For Newhouse Galleries.
Box 1, Folder 1

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color transparency

 

Thomas Agnew & Sons Limited, 1970-1980, 1984

Box 1, Folder 2

Papers

Box 1, Folder 3

Black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color transparencies

Box 1, Folder 4

Allentown Art Museum, 1975

Box 1, Folder 5

Aquarella, undated

 

Archdiocese of New York, 1971-1972

Box 1, Folder 6

Papers

Box 1, Folder 7

Black-and-white photographs

Box 1, Folder 8

University of Arizona Museum of Art, 1974

Box 1, Folder 9

The Baltimore Museum of Art, 1978

Box 1, Folder 10

Blake, 1959

Box 14, Folder 1

Bradley, Morton, 1953

Scope and Content Note

X-rays of Theodore Gericault's The Madman Kidnapper.
Box 1, Folder 11-12

Brod Gallery, 1975

 

Brunner, Michael, 1980-1981

Box 1, Folder 13

Papers

Box 1, Folder 14

Black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color photograph, slide and transparency

Box 1, Folder 15

Brussels, undated

Box 1, Folder 16

David Carritt Limited, 1979

 

Cintas Foundation Inc., 1983-1984

Box 1, Folder 17

Papers

Box 1, Folder 18

Black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color transparencies

 

Citibank, 1985

Box 2, Folder 1

Papers and one black-and-white photograph

Box 9

Color transparency

Box 2, Folder 2

Cleveland Museum of Art, 1976 March 10

Box 2, Folder 3

Collins, Richard J., 1979

 

P. & D. Colnaghi & Company Limited, 1973-1985

Box 2, Folder 4-6

Papers, 1973-1985

Box 2, Folder 7-11

Black-and-white photographs, 1973-1985

Box 9

Color transparencies, 1973-1985

Box 14, Folder 2

X-rays, 1983

Scope and Content Note

Radiographs of Lorenzo Lotto's Virgin and Child and Saints.
Box 2, Folder 12

Columbia University, 1973-1974

Box 2, Folder 13

Corning, Ursula, 1977

Box 2, Folder 14

Cummings, N., undated

 

Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, 1982

Box 2, Folder 15

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color transparency

Box 2, Folder 16

Deitch, undated

 

Didier Aaron Gallery, 1982, 1989

Box 2, Folder 17

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color transparencies

Box 2, Folder 18

Drey undated

Scope and Content Note

Empty file.
 

Richard L. Feigen & Co., 1977-1983

Box 3, Folder 1

Papers

Box 3, Folder 2

Black-and-white photographs

Box 9

Color transparencies

Box 14, Folder 3

X-rays

Scope and Content Note

Radiographs of a Claude Lorrain painting.
Box 3, Folder 3

Fisher, Roy, 1977

Box 3, Folder 4

Fogg Art Museum, 1973-1978

Box 3, Folder 5

Frisell, Arne, 1973

Box 3, Folder 6

Ganz, Paul, circa 1970-1972

 

J. Paul Getty Museum, 1955-1973, 1979-1983

Scope and Content Note

Hans Holbein file (box 21) is SEALED until 2018.
Box 3, Folder 7

Papers, 1967-1968, 1973

Box 3, Folder 8-9

Black-and-white photographs, 1955-1972

Box 10

Color photographs, July 1959

Box 21

Holbein, Hans, 1979-1983

Scope and Content Note

SEALED until 2018.
Box 3, Folder 10

Goelet, John, 1989

Box 3, Folder 11

Guercino, 1981

Scope and Content Note

The file contains correspondence with Nikos Pharasles from Trade Arts Investment, Inc. regarding restoration of a Guercino painting. It also includes a conservation request for a Rubens painting.
Box 3, Folder 11

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color transparencies

Box 3, Folder 12-13

Hammer, Armand, 1950

Box 3, Folder 14

Harris, 1975-1976

Box 3, Folder 15

Heim Gallery, 1973-1974

 

Herring, undated

Box 3, Folder 16

Black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color transparency

Box 3, Folder 17

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1970, 1973

 

Bob P. Haboldt & Co., 1984-1986, 1992

Box 3, Folder 18

Papers

Box 3, Folder 19-20

Black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color transparencies

Box 14, Folder 4-8

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 1975

Scope and Content Note

X-rays of a Rembrandt painting and Peter Paul Rubens's The Earl of Arundel. See also Rubens file.
 

Janet, 1982-1986

Scope and Content Note

Original label is named "Con. JANET". Label possibly relates to a correspondence found in the file from Mr. and Mrs. Dudley Schoales from Greenwich, Connecticut.
Box 4, Folder 1

Papers

Box 4, Folder 2

Black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color transparencies

Box 14, Folder 9-10

Kennedy Galleries, Inc., undated

Scope and Content Note

X-rays of Rembrandt's Obelisk.
 

Kneisel, Wolfgang Christian, 1968-1978

Box 4, Folder 3

Papers

Box 10

Color transparency

 

M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., 1965-1974

Box 4, Folder 4

Black-and-white photographs, 1965-1974

Box 10

Color transparencies, 1974

Box 4, Folder 5

Kopelman, Gabrielle, circa 1991

Scope and Content Note

Original label is named, "Journal, various dates."
Box 4, Folder 6

Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1978-1979

Box 4, Folder 7

Leeb, undated

 

Lepow, 1980, undated

Scope and Content Note

Also includes a second label marked "Private."
Box 4, Folder 8

Papers, 1980, undated

Box 4, Folder 9

Black-and-white photographs, undated

Box 4, Folder 10

Liechtenstein, 1978

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to Sammlungen des Regierenden Fürsten von Liechtenstein.
 

Linskey, 1978-1979

Box 4, Folder 11

Papers

Box 4, Folder 12

Black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color transparencies

 

London, New York Market, 1981-1989

Box 4, Folder 13

Papers

Box 4, Folder 14

Black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color photographs and transparencies

 

Lowenthal, 1975, 1979

Box 4, Folder 15

Black-and-white photographs, 1979

Box 10

Color transparencies, 1975, 1979

Box 4, Folder 16

Manning, 1979

Box 4, Folder 17

Markus, Frits, 1974

 

Matthiesen Fine Art Limited, 1978-1982

Box 4, Folder 18-19

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 10

Color transparencies

 

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1977-1983

Scope and Content Note

Materials on the restoration of Rubens, His Wife Helena Fourment, and One of Their Children by Rubens.
 

Papers, 1977-1983

Box 5, Folder 1-3

General, 1977-1982

Box 16, Folder 2

Clippings, 1983

 

Black-and-white photographs, 1978-1983

Box 5, Folder 4-5

Various

Scope and Content Note

Includes positive images of x-rays. Also contains some papers.
Box 16, Folder 1

11"x13" print

 

Color photographs, circa 1983

Box 10

Slides and transparencies

Box 15, Folder 1

12"x15" color transparency

Box 15, Folder 2

X-rays, between 1977-1983

Box 5, Folder 6

Middendorf, undated

Scope and Content Note

Possibly refers to client work for Middendorf Gallery.
 

Miller, Robert, 1984

Box 5, Folder 7

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparencies

 

Miscellaneous, 1957-1985

Scope and Content Note

Contains papers and photographs of treated paintings from various dealers and galleries including Mr. C. Dillon, Herner Wengraf, Marlborough Gallery, and Gallery Cardinal Silvio Valenti Gonzaga.
Box 5, Folder 8-9

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparencies

 

Mont, Frederick (Newhouse Galleries), 1969-1983, undated

Box 6, Folder 1

Papers, 1977-1978

Box 6, Folder 2

Black-and-white photographs 1969-1983

Box 11

Color slides and transparencies, 1982-1983, undated

Box 6, Folder 3

Montias, John Michael, 1974, 1979

Box 6, Folder 4-6

National Gallery of Art (U.S.), 1977-1978

 

Hoogsteder-Naumann, Limited, 1984

Box 6, Folder 7

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparency

Box 6, Folder 8

New Orleans Museum of Art, 1975, 1980

 

New School for Social Research, 1968, 1982, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Materials related to Thomas Hart Benton's mural, America Today.
Box 6, Folder 9

Papers and black-and-white photographs, 1968, 1984

Box 11

Color photograph, May 1982

 

New-York Historical Society, 1974-1975

Box 6, Folder 10

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparency

 

North Carolina Museum of Art, 1974-1980

Box 6, Folder 11

Papers

Box 6, Folder 12

Black-and-white photographs

 

Norton Simon Museum of Art at Pasadena, 1976-1977

Box 6, Folder 13

Papers

Box 6, Folder 14

Black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparency

 

Oberlin College, 1981-1982

Box 6, Folder 15

Papers

Box 6, Folder 16

Black-and-white photographs

 

Ottawa, undated

Scope and Content Note

Possibly refers to client work for Ottawa, Canada.
Box 6, Folder 17

Black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparencies

Box 15, Folder 3

Page, Dorothy, undated

Scope and Content Note

X-rays of an unidentified painting.
 

Palitz, Bernard G. (Antique Art Corporation), 1975-1984

Box 6, Folder 18

Papers, 1975-1984

Box 6, Folder 19

Black-and-white photographs, 1975-1984

Box 11

Color transparency, 1975

 

Parmigianino, Mercury, 1973-1976, 1982-1986, 1990-1992, undated

Box 6, Folder 20-21

Papers and black-and-white photographs, 1973-1976, 1982-1986, 1990-1992

Box 11

Black-and-white negatives, undated

Box 6, Folder 22

Petschek, 1982

 

The Phillips Collection, 1973-1975

Box 7, Folder 1

Papers

Box 7, Folder 2

Black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparencies

Box 7, Folder 3

Ponce Art Museum, 1974

 

Pontormo, Portrait of a Halberdier (Francesco Guardi?), 1971, 1976, 1989

Box 7, Folder 4

Papers, 1971, 1976, 1989

Box 7, Folder 5

Black-and-white photographs, circa 1976

Box 11

Black-and-white negatives and one color transparency, 1976, 1989

 

Pope-Hennessy, John, 1979

Box 7, Folder 6

Papers

Box 11

Color transparencies

Box 7, Folder 4

Princeton University, 1980 March 17

Box 15, Folder 4

Raphael, 1956 September 14

Scope and Content Note

X-rays of the painting, Guiliano de Medici.
 

Revson, Charles, 1983

Box 7, Folder 8

Papers and black-and-white photograph

Box 11

Color transparency

 

Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University, 1973-1975, 1978-1979

Scope and Content Note

The majority of the file is related to RISD.
Box 7, Folder 9

Papers, 1973-1975, 1978

Box 7, Folder 10

Black-and-white photographs, 1974-1975, 1979

Box 11

Color transparencies, 1979

 

Rosenberg and Stiebel, Inc., 1976-1986

Box 7, Folder 11-12

Papers, 1976-1981

Box 7, Folder 13-14

Black-and-white photographs, 1976-1979, 1984-1986

Box 11

Color transparencies, 1979-1986

 

Rubens, Peter Paul, 1977-1983

Scope and Content Note

Contains materials related to Rubens's paintings, The Earl of Arundel and Hélène Fourmant et ses Enfants. See also box 15, folder 4 (Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum file) for x-rays of The Earl of Arundel.
Box 7, Folder 15-16

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color slides and transparencies

Box 8, Folder 1

Schaeffer Galleries, 1973, 1979

 

Snite Museum of Art, 1990

Box 8, Folder 2

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 11

Color transparency

 

Springfield (Museum of Fine Arts), 1976-1989

Box 8, Folder 3-4

Papers

Box 8, Folder 5-6

Black-and-white photographs

Box 12

Color slides and transparencies

Box 15, Folder 5

X-rays

Scope and Content Note

Radiographs of Ferdinand Bol's self-portrait.
 

Thaw, undated

Box 8, Folder 7

Black-and-white photograph

Box 12

Color transparency

 

Toledo Museum of Art, 1982-1983, 1986-1989

Box 8, Folder 8-9

Papers, 1988

Box 12

Color slides, 1986-1987, 1989

 

Terbrugghen, Hendrick, 1982-1983

Box 8, Folder 10

Papers, 1982-1983

Scope and Content Note

Also contains papers for Antoine Watteau and Peter Paul Rubens paintings.
Box 8, Folder 11

Black-and-white photographs, 1983

Box 12

Color slides and transparencies, 1983

 

Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista, 1983

Scope and Content Note

Portrait of "Foschi".
Box 8, Folder 12

Black-and-white photographs

Box 13

Color transparency

 

Tweed Museum of Art, 1974-1977

Box 8, Folder 13

Papers

Box 8, Folder 14

Black-and-white photographs

Box 8, Folder 15

Vassar College, 1976 June 16

 

Ward-Jackson, circa 1975

Scope and Content Note

Possibly refers to art dealer Adrian Ward-Jackson.
Box 8, Folder 16

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 13

Color transparency and slides

 

Watteau, Antoine, 1982, 1984, 2010

Scope and Content Note

Materials related to the painting, The Island of Cythera.
Box 8, Folder 17

Papers and black-and-white photographs, 1982, 1984, 2010

Box 13

Color slides and transparencies, 1982

Box 15, Folder 6

X-rays, 1982 February 4

Box 8, Folder 18

Weizner, undated

Scope and Content Note

Possibly spelled "Weitzner" according to inscription from a photograph in the file.
 

Wengraf, Alexander, 1987

Box 8, Folder 19

Papers and black-and-white photographs

Box 13

Color transparencies

Box 8, Folder 20

Wildenstein & Co., Inc. July 1969

 

Yale University, 1984, undated

Box 13

Color slides, 1984

Scope and Content Note

Images of paintings by Lippo Memmi.
Box 15, Folder 7

X-rays, undated

Scope and Content Note

Inscription on x-ray's envelope indicates it is a painting by "Loir".
Box 15, Folder 8

Unidentified x-rays, undated

 

Series II. Notes and research papers, undated

Physical Description: 0.8 linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

This series provides a glimpse into Kopelman's research work and conservation process, and contains a small number of research papers and condition notes on numerous paintings.

Arrangement note

Arranged by type.
Box 8, Folder 21-22

Papers, undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes a paper written by Kopelman titled "Tempera to Oil - Panel to Canvas: A Survey of Easel Paintings 1200-1900".
Box 17

Index cards and notebook, undated

Scope and Content Note

File box of index cards arranged alphabetically by artist's name, each containing condition notes on paintings. Several tabs and index cards are blank. An accompanying notebook also contains a list of paintings with condition notes.
 

Series III. Photographs of frames, undated

Physical Description: 0.4 linear feet (1 box)

Scope and Content Note

This series contains a collection of black-and-white photographs of frames which were organized by Kopelman according to school.

Arrangement note

Arranged alphabetically.
Box 18, Folder 1

Bologna

Box 18, Folder 2

Emilia

Box 18, Folder 3

Florence

Box 18, Folder 4

French, 18th century

Box 18, Folder 5

Genoa

Box 18, Folder 6

Lombard

Box 18, Folder 7

Marches

Box 18, Folder 8

Naples

Box 18, Folder 9

Piemontese

Box 18, Folder 10

Roman

Box 18, Folder 11

Sicilian

Box 18, Folder 12

Spain

Box 18, Folder 13

Umbria

Box 18, Folder 14-15

Venice

Box 18, Folder 16

Unidentified

Scope and Content Note

Marked as "?" by Kopelman.
 

Series IV. Negatives of paintings, undated

Physical Description: 1.6 linear feet (2 boxes)

Scope and Content Note

Additional images of paintings restored by Kopelman in the form of black-and-white negatives comprise this series. Each negative has an assigned number but the names of each work were not identified by Kopelman. A small group of negatives without inventory numbers are filed at the end of box 20.

Arrangement note

Arranged in numerical order.
 

5"x7" negatives, undated

Box 19

25475-39867

Box 20

40679-54476

Scope and Content Note

Also includes unnumbered negatives at the end.
Box 13

8"x10", undated

Scope and Content Note

Includes negative numbers: 28096-28097, 28426-28429, 28579, 29699, 30829, 47153 and 33776-33778.