Polly is an expert in European paintings and drawings from the 19th century. She started her career as an Assistant at the Department of European Paintings at The Metropolitan Museum of art. Hired in 1984 as a Specialist in 19th Century Paintings for Christie’s New York, Polly has had a stellar career, becoming in 1998 Senior Director in the Department of Impressionist and 19th Century European Paintings. In 2000, Polly joined Sotheby’s New York as Senior Vice-President and Director of the Department of 19th Century European Art.
During her tenure at both Christie’s and Sotheby’s, Polly never left her specialty: 19th century European paintings. She organized almost a hundred auction sales in this area.
Her hands-on experience and personal taste led her to develop a deep knowledge on Naturalism. She has handled numerous works by naturalist artists, including Émile Friant, as well as Jules Bastien-Lepage, Jules Breton, Léon Lhermitte, Jean-François Raffaelli, among others. In 2005, Polly was thrilled to discover a lost, emblematic work by Émile Friant Ombres portées, which she sold at Sotheby’s New York, and is now in the Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
In February 2016, Polly, eager for a career change, joined collector Eric Weider to found Gallery 19C, a gallery specializing in 19th century European art. An early picture by Émile Friant, Les artistes Mathias Schiff et Camille Martin dans la campagne, as well as several other naturalist-inspired works, are currently in the gallery’s inventory. Polly’s experience and knowledge are a major asset for the A.E.F.
Translated from French to English by Ms Agnès Penot