Treasure Market History

Treasure Market has a 50-year history. The March 30–April 1, 2007 event represents half a century of volunteer leadership and dedication and an enduring legacy for the Cantor Arts Center and the community.

Beginning in 1957, the newly formed museum membership, The Committee for Art, canvassed members and friends to donate art. “The Hidden Treasures Auction" resulted in 1958, held in the main foyer and adjoining rooms of the museum. Proceeds from the five auctions between 1958 and 1966 totaled $39,904.

In 1968 a new format was inaugurated with a new name for the event: "Treasure Market." This included a sale of fine furniture, china, crystal, silver, books, Asian objects, art works, and other quality items. Since 1968 and the use of the name “Treasure Market,” the sales have generated in excess of $3.2 million and supported the acquisition of more than 1660 pieces of art for the Cantor Arts Center. Among the earliest acquisitions made possible by Treasure Market are:

- Delacroix’s “Three Studies of a Reclining Figure” (pencil drawing)
- Duchamp Villon’s “Torso of a Young Man (bronze)
- Rodin’s “Headless Seated Nude Bather” (bronze)
- Lachaise’s “Torso of Elevation” (bronze)
- Nadelman’s “Head” (bronze)
- Bonington’s “Vue de Rouen” (pencil drawing)



For more information or to make an appointment,
call 650-326-4533 or email
Treasure Market Committee

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