A Finding Aid to the Ruth Teschner Costantino Papers, 1923-1981, in the Archives of American Art

Summary
Collection ID:
AAA.consruth
Creators:
Costantino, Ruth Teschner, 1892-1981
Dates:
1923-1981
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
0.4 Linear Feet
Repository:
The papers of art dealer Ruth Teschner Costantino measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1981. The collection includes biographical material, photographs, writings, correspondence, financial records, and printed material.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The papers of art dealer Ruth Teschner Costantino measure 0.4 linear feet and date from 1923 to 1981. The collection includes biographical material, photographs, writings, correspondence, financial records, and printed material.
Biographical material is comprised of four passports. There is one photograph dated 1966, of two unidentified men. Writings include an autobiographical essay and articles on Italy. Financial material contains an account book, invoices, and receipts. The printed material consists of clippings, programs, and brochures.

Arrangement
Arrangement
Due to the small size of this collection the papers are arranged as one series.

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Ruth Teschner Costantino (1892-1981) was an art dealer based in New York, NY. In 1912, Costantino opened the Ruth Teschner Gallery, and in 1935, she established Connoisseur Inc. Costantino dealt in painting, sculpture, and antiques. She advised such collectors as Walter C. Baker, Stavros Niarchos, Henry Ford, Robert Lehman, and Asila Mellon Bruce. Costantino's husband, Arturo Costantino, an Italian diplomat and banker, had a substantial role in the building of the Italian Pavilion at the 1939 World's Fair.

Administration
Processing Information
The collection was processed by Alanna Heiss in 1989. A finding aid was written by Caroline Donadio in 2018.
Author
Caroline Donadio
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The papers of Ruth Teschner Costantino were donated by Helen Fioratti, Ruth Teschner Costantino's daughter, in 1983.

Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access
Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center.
Preferred Citation
Ruth Teschner Costantino papers, 1923-1981. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Art dealers -- New York (State) -- New York Occupation Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Art galleries, Commercial -- New York (State) -- New York Function Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Women art dealers Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Connoisseur, Inc. Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ruth Teschner Gallery Corporate Name Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
Archives of American Art
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Washington, D.C. 20001
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