John Lupia submitted the following information from the online draft of his book of numismatic biographies for this week's installment
of his series. Thanks! As always, this is an excerpt with the full article and bibliography available online. This week's subject is art dealer and coin
collector Pierre Flandin. -Editor
Pierre Flandin (1778-1863), was born in Lyons, Rhône, Rhône-Alpes, France, son of Noel Flandin and Suzanne Mathevot.
Flandin, a wealthy dealer, had three maids born in Ireland to manage his residence.
In 1823, he was a partner with Peter L. Van DerVoort, merchants, selling "Fancy & Staple Goods", in the firm of Vandervoort & Flandin,
which was dissolved on March 22, 1823.
Flandin became a renowned New York City coin and art dealer. He was the art agent for John Trumbull, and John Lewis Krimmel.
Goldstein informs us : "Flandin's chief claim to fame was that one of his customers was Robert Gilmor, Jr., a Baltimore financier and the
enthusiastic collector of not only old master paintings but also works by modern English and American artists. However, not all the pictures Flandin sold
Gilmor had the pedigree that the dealer claimed for them. A "Holbein" for instance, eventually proved to be the work of Cornelius de Lyons, and a
"Raphael" which Gilmor questioned even as he paid for it, the work of Jan Grossart."
He was an importer of art and antiques with a gallery on Broadway, New York City, New York. His residence was at 20 East 18th Street.
On June 6, 1855, he sold his coin collection at Bangs, Brother & Company. The Flandin collection comprised 230 lots of 1,195 coins.
He died at the age of 82 years on Thursday, October 8, 1863. He is buried in Calvary Cemetery, Long Island, New York.
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