Biographical / Historical Note
Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Heim Gallery records
Date (inclusive): 1965-1991
120.0 linear feet
The Getty Research Institute
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London gallery directed by Andrew Ciechanowieck. Records include extensive correspondence with museums, galleries, collectors,
and other colleagues in Europe and the United States. Photographs document paintings, drawings, sculptures, and decorative
art sold and exhibited by, and offered to the gallery. Stock and financial records trace acquisitions and sales.
Language: Collection material is in
Biographical / Historical Note
Heim Gallery London began in June 1966 with François Heim (from Galerie Heim, Paris, begun 1954) and Andrew S. Ciechanowiecki
as partners. Ciechanowiecki served as director in London while Heim remained in France.
The emphasis of the gallery was Old Master paintings, especially French of the 15th - 18th century, Italian paintings of all
periods, and sculpture (marble, terracotta and bronze) from the Renaissance to the 19th century. The gallery was known for
its scholarly exhibitions and catalogs. Between 1966 and 1989 the gallery presented exhibitions two to three times a year.
The gallery did business with museums and individual clients in Europe and the United States. Ciechanowiecki helped build
two significant private collections in the United States, the terracotta sculpture collection of Arthur Sackler (a portion
of which is now at the National Gallery in Washington), and the Ian Ross collection of 19th century French sculpture.
Heim Gallery also did business under other names: Old Masters (Paintings and Sculptures) Ltd. was created, apparently, as
an internal device for tax purposes and had by 1986 as its sole directors, Ciechanowiecki and John Pomian, also sole directors
of Heim Gallery at this time. (Francois Heim resigned as a director around 1986.) The two entities existed concurrently in
In October 1986, the Heim Gallery premises were leased to Richard Herner, owner of Swiftdene Ltd., and the corporate names
exchanged: Herner was to use Heim Gallery, and Ciechanowiecki and John Pomian took on the name Swiftdene Ltd. Swiftdene and
Old Masters shared premises at 67/68 Jermyn Street. At this point, Old Masters was still wholly owned by Ciechanowiecki and
Pomian, with Swiftdene controlled by a Swiss company. Swiftdene ceased trading 30 September 1989 and its stock was purchased
by Old Masters.
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Heim Gallery records, 1965-1991, The Getty Research Institute, Accession number 910004
Processing was begun in 1992, then revived in 1996 by Jocelyn Gibbs, who processed most of the collection and nearly completed
writing this finding aid. The finding aid was completed and the collection was fully processed in 2006 by Isabella Zuralski.
Four publications, including three exhibition catalogs and 1 sales catalog, have been transferred to the Getty Research Institute's
Joan Miró 15 litografias originales : "Homenatge a Joan Prats". Madrid : Galeria Vandrés, 1972.
Durand paintings 1971-1981 : Edinburgh Festival : August 10th-September 5th, 1981. [Edinburgh] : University of Edinburgh,
Les publications de la Réunion des musées nationaux 1984. Paris : Réunion des musées nationaux, Service des publications,
Editions de la Réunion des musées nationaux : catalogue 1985. Paris : Réunion des musées nationaux, 
Scope and Content of Collection
The Heim Gallery Records document the business of the gallery, its cultivation of clients in Europe and the United States,
and the production of its scholarly exhibitions especially for the period between 1966 and 1988. Correspondence with museums,
individual clients and suppliers, and experts comprise the greater part of the collection. Photographs of art works, index
files, stock books and other financial papers, research files and publicity files make up the rest of the archive.
The correspondence series contains letters received and the gallery's copies (green copies and daily files) of letters sent.
Letters reflect the gallery's offers to museums and individual collectors, curators' requests for works for their collections
or for assistance in finding works needed for exhibitions. Many of the letters reveal Andrew S. Ciechanowiecki's wit and warmth
as he offers advice to young curators and spreads art world news among his colleagues and friends. The letters also document
business strategies - offers to lend works to museums and collectors sometimes result in sales - and Ciechanowiecki's collaborations
with museums and his solid scholarly contributions to exhibitions. The letters reveal his close personal association with
Poland and its artistic patrimony and royalty. His fascination with class and position in England, and the royal family, are
displayed in the publicity clippings and photographs of openings at the gallery.
Until 1986, Ciechanowiecki sent regular bulletins to Francois Heim, reporting in narrative form the current activities of
the gallery: offers made, works seen, travels, transactions. Ciechanowiecki's diaries also record in abbreviated form meetings
with clients, travels, and other activities on behalf of the gallery. There are no personal papers in the archive.
Photographs of art works are organized by medium: paintings, drawings, sculpture, and furniture and decorative arts, and represent
works sold, with additional images of items before restoration, and art works documented for research or commercial reasons.
Research notes, drafts of didactic text, printed brochures and photographs illustrate the production of exhibitions at the
Research files contain notes, photographs, and printed material, organized by artist, school or medium. Offers made to the
gallery are documented with photographs and some research notes. Many of these offers represent works rejected by the gallery.
Financial records include stockbooks, ledgers and cash books, as well as invoices, paid bills, and documents related to shipping
and taxes. Financial records do not appear to be complete, but include records from Heim, Old Masters, and Swiftdene. Gallery
publicity is documented through clippings, guest books, and photographs that show members of royalty attending exhibits at
The collection is arranged in eight series:
Series I. Correspondence, 1965-1990, undated;
Subjects - Names
Middeldorf, Ulrich Alexander, 1901-1983
Pope-Hennessy, John Wyndham, Sir, 1913-1994
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Old Masters (Painting and Sculptures) Ltd.
P. & D. Colnaghi & Co.
Subjects - Topics
Art--Collectors and collecting
Bronze sculpture, Renaissance
Ciechanowiecki, Andrzej S., 1924-
Haskell, Francis, 1928-2000
Held, Julius S , (Julius Samuel), 1905-2002