In September 1998 Adam Williams opened his gallery in New York, now on 80th Street between Fifth and Madison Avenues, where he is located close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and residences of important collectors. The founding of the gallery was the culmination of Mr. Williams’s lifetime of work as an art dealer. The gallery deals in fine European Old Master paintings from the fifteenth to the mid nineteenth centuries, and exhibits at The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht.
Over the past 20 years Adam Williams has forged strong relationships with many great collectors, scholars, and museum curators in the United States, Canada and Europe and has sold many important Old Masters to the world’s great museums, including the Canaletto Piazza San Marco and the beautiful Annunciation by Philippe de Champaigne to the Metropolitan Museum of Art; a Mantegna and Lucas Cranach to the Kimbell Museum, Fort Worth; Valerio Castello’s masterpiece The Legend of St. Genevieve to the Wadsworth Athenaeum; two masterpieces by Wtewael – the St. Sebastian to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, and The Golden Age to the Metropolitan Museum; the Portrait of Richard Peers Symons by Reynolds, to the Cincinnati Art Museum; a Madonna and Child by Cima da Conigliano to the Los Angeles County Museum; a St. Jerome by Petrini to the Louvre; Crusaders in a Landscape by Chauvin to the Petit Palais; the Girl with a Dove by Greuze to the Musée de la Chartreuse, Douai; and a Double Portrait of Princes Friedrich of Prussia and Wilhelm von Solms-Braunfels by Wilhelm von Schadow to the Stiftung Museum Kunst Palast, Düsseldorf. The Portrait of the Maréchale Lannes, Duchesse de Montebello, with her children by Baron Gérard, to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
WHO WE ARE
Adam Williams was born in London in 1952, and began his career in the art world in 1971 at Sotheby’s London. In 1974 Adam began working for Richard Green Gallery where he managed the Old Master Painting department and gained experience organizing exhibitions, viewing auctions and buying and selling paintings for the gallery. In 1983 Adam moved to New York to work for the reputable Newhouse Galleries where he helped manage the gallery and was responsible for viewing auctions and making sales and acquisitions for the gallery. Following Clyde Newhouse’s death in 1986, Adam assumed the role of director of Newhouse galleries at the request of Clyde’s daughter. Adam was fully responsible for all gallery operations including acquisitions, sales and organizing exhibitions at the gallery as well as notable art fairs like the Paris Biennale, Tefaf Maastricht, Grosvenor House London, the International Art Fair New York and the Milan fair.
In 1998 Adam left Newhouse Galleries to open Adam Williams Fine Art Ltd. on the Upper East side of Manhattan. Adam Williams Fine Art specializes in selling important old master paintings, primarily to American museums and private collectors. With over 40 years of experience in dealing in Old Master Paintings of the highest quality, Adam has developed a respected eye for paintings, and a deep understanding of condition and conservation of European painting between 1300 and 1900.
Over decades in the art business Adam has developed significant relationships with the directors and curators of the most prestigious museums across North America and Europe. Some notable transactions include
- The rediscovery and subsequent sale of The Temptation of Saint Anthony, a lost work by Michelangelo, and important works by Lucas Cranach the Elder and Andrea Mantegna to the Kimbell Museum in Fort Worth, Texas.
- The Concert, a masterpiece by Gerrit van Honthorst, to the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C.
- The sale of Portrait of Pope Clement VII by Sebastiano del Piombo and David with the Head of Goliath by Cagnacci to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California.
- Masterpieces by Wtewael and Canaletto to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Adam has served on the Board of Directors for the Art Dealers Association of America, and has been a member of both the Syndicate National des Antiquaires and the US Internal Revenue Art Advisory Panel.
Patrick was born in 1988 and raised in Manhattan before attending College of Charleston. Throughout his time finishing his education he held several internships at restoration studios, galleries and Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses. Patrick began his career in the art world at Sotheby’s in 2011 where he served as Private Sale administrator for the Old Master Paintings department in New York. In September of 2015 Patrick joined Adam Williams Fine Art as Director, and has since sold works by Jean Baptiste-Greuze and Albrecht Bouts among others to institutions and collectors.