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Courtesy Heritage Auctions


Signature® Auction #8151
Thursday, June 27, 2024

Viewing: June 24-26, 10am-5pm CT (by appointment only)
Live Auction: June 27 at 10am CT

2801 W. Airport Freeway
Dallas, TX 75261

We are pleased to be entrusted with the estate of Ruth S. Nelkin, an esteemed collector of Japanese woodblock prints. Ruth S. Nelkin of Stamford, Connecticut, and New York City was a collector known for her killer eye and exquisite taste in Japanese prints, fine and antique jewelry, remarkable Fabergé and Russian works of art, virtuoso pieces of French art glass and landscape-focused American paintings. Already this year, we presented various parts of Nelkin’s gracious collection in a handful of significant auctions and are excited to feature the upcoming sale, Japanese Woodblock Prints from The Nelkin Collection Part I Signature® Auction, on June 27th in Dallas, TX.

It will feature nearly 250 remarkable classic and modern Japanese prints by such masters of the form as Katsushika Hokusai, Takahashi Hiroaki, Yoshida Hiroshi and more.

From Katsushika Hokusai’s ‘Eight Views of the Ryukyu Islands (Ryukyu Hakkei) (complete series, eight works),’ circa 1832

“The Nelkins’ varied possessions had one common denominator: quality,” says Nick Dawes, Heritage’s Senior Vice President of Special Collections. “Ruth Nelkin sought and found items of the highest caliber in every category. Above all, however, was her passion for ukiyo-e, the Japanese art of woodblock printmaking. Ruth Nelkin safeguarded these treasures during her lifetime, and now other collectors will have the opportunity to benefit from her connoisseurship.”

Takahashi Hiroaki (Shotei) ‘Abalone Diver (Awabi tori),’ 1931

Most of the items in The Nelkin Collection have not seen the market in more than 30 years, and all proceeds from their sale will go to charities that were close to the Nelkin family’s hearts, including the American Red Cross, Paws for Purple Hearts, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Greenpeace.

During the week of July 29-August 2, other highlights from The Nelkin Collection will be exhibited at their newly expanded New York gallery. Stayed tuned for details about this special exhibition.

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To read more about this remarkable collection, click here.