Robb Recommends: Phillips’s Forthcoming Sale of Works from The Triton Collection Foundation


New York’s marquee auction calendar has another jewel in its crown.

The works of masters from Fernand Léger to Pablo Picasso via Edgar Degas, Georges Braque, Amedeo Modigliani and Joan Mitchell will all be among 30 pieces of art going under the hammer in a sale – Living the Avant-Garde: The Triton Collection Foundation – taking place on 14th November.

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Léger’s Le 14 Juillet (estimated price: $15-20 million), Picasso’s (estimated price: $15-20 million) and an untitled work by Mitchell (estimated price: $ -10 million) are typical of the avant-garde, movement-defining pieces from the Impressionist, Modern and Post-War Art sub-genres.

“The Triton Collection Foundation’s mission for the last three decades has been to assemble a group of artworks created by the pioneers and ‘innovators’ of their time– those who broke the boundaries of the traditional movements and searched for new ways to see the world,” explains Keesjan Cordia, whose Dutch shipping entrepreneur father Willem Cordia and his wife, Marijke van der Laan, own the collection.

“Out parents took great care and pride in the works that they have chosen to acquire, never adding works that do not fit the quality or standard of the collection and always patently waiting for those unique pieces they knew were out there. Ultimately, our role is to serve as temporary hosts for the incredible works in an ever-evolving collection. Our hope is that these treasures find homes that allow them to continue to contribute to the public’s understanding and appreciation of art.”

Jean-Paul Engelen, President, Americas of Phillips – which is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design – adds: “The discernment and dedication to collecting that The Triton Collection Foundation has demonstrated over the past thirty years cannot be overstated. They serve as the gold standard for what can be achieved when you are truly passionate about your work and mission. [Phillips’s Head of Private Sales] Miety Heiden and I, along with the entire Phillips team, are honoured to have been entrusted with the sale of these extraordinary works of art, and delighted to have the opportunity to showcase them all together for the first time in history.

“The exhibition is sure to be a once-in-a-lifetime moment for collectors and enthusiasts alike to experience these incredible works of art together, which echo the quality of the Triton Foundation Collection as a whole.”

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