Collections: Art and Music Ephemera

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Niccolo Paganini, 1828 Broadside

Dan’s home is a salon style gallery of art and violin memorabilia, and is open for friendly viewing by appointment. Equally interested in preserving the historic and nurturing the living, he regularly throws “Art Parties” to raise money for charities.

An avid collector even as a kid (baseball cards, stamps, bottles), in grad school, Dan discovered the new invention of eBay. At this time in his life, he was obsessed with historical violinists, and eBay proved to be an endless resource for building up credit card debt. Over the course of a decade, he built one of the largest collections of violinist memorabilia in the world (over 2,000 pieces) and an interesting accumulation of LPs, 78s, and mutes. He’s given presentations with his collection at universities and some of his collection was featured on a documentary for Czech Television, created by violinist Pavel Sporcl.  The collection includes programs, photos, autographs, ads, handbills, posters, and trading cards of everybody from Paganini, Vieuxtemps, Joachim, Sarasate, and Wieniawski to Midori, Perlman, and Repin, with an entire scrapbook dedicated just for Heifetz.  

Dan began collecting original works of art in 2011 when he purchased a Renoir etching from Christopher Clark Fine Art in San Francisco. Soon thereafter, he became obsessed with scouring the French auction houses for works by all the artists who participated in the Impressionist exhibits of the 1870s and 1880s. He found that etchings by the famous artists, and the oils, watercolors, and drawings by the unknown artists, were all affordable. Thus, the amassing began… Shortly after that, he learned that Camille Pissarro had many descendants who were/are fine artists, so they all found their way into his home, too.

A few years later, he discovered Art Span Open Studios in San Francisco. His obsession then began to encompass new works by living local artists; these people are so much more fun than musicians. Then came the commissioning. He commissioned Paul Gibson to paint his portrait, Cynthia Alvarez to paint his cat, and Mark Stivers to feature him in cartoons.

The art collection now holds well over 100 original works.  Notable artists include Maximilien Luce, Robert Antoine Pinchon, Albert Marie Lebourg, Jean-François Raffaëlli, Karl Schmidt, Jean-Louis Forain, Maurice Louvrier, Armand Guillaumin, Federico Zandomeneghi, Claude-Émile Schuffenecker, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Rembrandt, Camille Pissarro and eight of his descendants, ancient statues from Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Americas, and a unique photo by Ansel Adams that has never been reproduced.  Highlights of the collection can be seen below (watermark is to prevent reproduction). None of these works are for sale, but Dan does have many pieces for sale in his Ebay store. 

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Karl Schmidt, oil on board, c. 1940

Maximilien Luce, oil on panel, c. 1930

Albert-Marie Lebourg, oil on canvas, c. 1890

Cecilia Hansen, signed photo, 1927

and signed Tchaikovsky quote, 1909

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Otokar Sevcik, autographed photo, 1927 ex- David Sanders

Nikki Vismara, acrylic on canvas, 2019

Paulémile Pissarro, oil on canvas, c. 1970

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Jean-François Raffaelli, oil on canvas, 1896

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Robert-Antoine Pinchon, oil on canvas, 1928

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Albert-Marie Lebourg, oil on canvas, c. 1880

Leopold Auer signed photo, 1927, ex-David Sanders

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Hugues Claude Pissarro, oil on canvas, 20th century
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Henri Wieniawski 1858 broadside, ex-William Moennig
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Eugene Ysaye, signed cabinet photo 1907
Lelia Pissarro, oil on canvas, c. 1980
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Carrington Arredondo,
mixed collage on wood, 2016
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Marie Hall, signed photo 1903
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Camille Pissarro, pencil on paper, c. 1875
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Erica Morini, signed photo 1990
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Peter Canty, oil on canvas, 21st century
Paul Gibson, oil on canvas, 2010
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        Pablo de Sarasate
signed cabinet photo, 1900
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Joseph Joachim, signed lithograph, 1894
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Jan Kubelik, signed cabinet photo 1900
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Edouard Remenyi concert program, 1896
Marie-Jeanne Angenent, oil on canvas, 20th century
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Emile Sauret, signed photo 1905
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August Wilhelmj, concert program 1879
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Pablo de Sarasate, concert program 1872
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Henryk Wieniawski, rare carte de visite and signed Legende quote, 1874
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Camilla Urso, carte de visite
 
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Lady Wilma Neruda-Halle, carte de visite and letter, 19th century 
George Enescu, signed program 1912
Jean-Louis Forain, oil on canvas, 1876
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Nina Fabunmi, oil on canvas, 2019
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Christian Ferras, signed program, 1964
Carl Flesch, signed program, 1927
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Ole Bull, concert program, 19th century
Gustave Colin, oil on board, 19th century
Edgar Degas, etching on paper, c. 1892
Camilla Urso, autograph, 1888
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Tossy Spivakovsky, signed photo 1945
Clarence Cameron White, signed program 1939
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Ossy Renardy, signed photo, 1942
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Louis Persinger, signed photo 1929
John Hubbard Rich, oil on canvas, c. 1930
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Jelly D'Aranyi, signed program photo
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Ricardo Odnoposoff, signed photo 1954
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Albert Spalding, signed photo 1948
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Sean O'Donnell, reconstructed cello
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Jascha Heifetz, signed photo, 1927
Fritz Kreisler, signed photo
Bronislaw Huberman, signed photo, 1935
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Albert Malet, oil on canvas, c. 1970
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Henri Vieuxtemps, carte de visite, signed on reverse, 1866
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Maurice Louvrier, oil on canvas, c. 1920-40
Rachel Dwan, oil on canvas, 2019
Jacques Thibaud, signed program
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Leopold Auer, recital program
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Jennifer Berkowitz, oil on canvas, 2015
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August Wilhelmj, broadside, 1878
Franz Ondricek, signed photo 1912
Cab Calloway, signed photo
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Carroll Glenn, signed photo
Witold Lutoslawski, signed photo
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Victoria Veedell, oil on canvas, 2020
Orovida Pissarro, etching on paper, 1938
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George Manzana-Pissarro, pastel on paper, c. 1900-50
Ludovic-Rodo Pissarro, pastel on paper, c. 1920
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Carl Flesch, signed magazine photo, 1934
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Maud Powell, concert program
Armand Guillaumin, pastel on paper, 1888
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Lucien Pissarro, woodblock print, 1876
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Nathan Milstein, concert poster, c. 1980
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Vasa Prihoda, signed program 1953
Isolde Menges, signed photo 1921
David Oistrakh, concert poster, 1962
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August Renoir, etching on paper, 1894
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Claude-Emile Schuffenecker, pastel on paper, c. 1880-1930
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Jeno Hubay, signed Huby quote, 1936
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Rembrandt van Rijn, etching on paper, 1647 ex-Triton Museum of Art
Jan Kubelik, magazine ad, 1901
Henri Fantin-Latour, lithograph on paper
                              1898
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Duke Ellington, signed photo
Federico Zandomeneghi, pencil on paper c. 1900
Louis Debras, pastel on paper, 19th century
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Harry Leslie Hoffman, oil on board
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Phillip Dvorak, pastel and charcoal on paper, 2003
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Mischa Elman, signed photo, 1953
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Kneisel Quartet, concert program 1913
Paul Gibson, mixed media on board 2019
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Katja Leibenath, oil on board, 2018
Ansel Adams, original gelatin silver print photograph, circa 1949
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Henri Somm, water color on paper, 19th c.
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August Wilhelmj, carte de visite, 19th c.
Adolphe-Felix Cals, oil on canvas, 19th c.
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Priscilla Otani, oil on canvas, 2019
Marcellin Desboutin, etching on paper                                        1876
Willy Burmest, concert program, 1902
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Flonzaley Quartet, concert program
Elaine Pratt, oil on canvas, 2019
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Eugene Ysaye, Mischa Elman, flyer c 1920
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Jacques Villon, etching on paper, 1907
Louis Legrand, etching on paper, 1908
California Quartet, concert program
Budapest Quartet, handbill, 1946
Roth Quartet, concert program
Olive Mead Quartet, concert program, 1907
New York Quartet, concert program
Joachim Quartet, concert program, 1899
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Chicago Quartet, concert program
Charles Castleman, handbill, ex-Castleman
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Beethoven Quartet, concert program, 1889
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Jean-Baptiste Millet, pencil on paper, 1906
Paulémile Pissarro, pastel on paper, c 1960
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Igor Stravinsky and Samuel Dushkin concert program, 1935
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Adam Shaw, oil on canvas, 2010
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Samuel Dushkin, handbill, 1942
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Carol Jessen, acrylic on wood, 2019
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Marie Hall, concert program, 1900
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Henri Vieuxtemps, 3-page letter, 1876
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Camille Pissarro, pencil on paper, 19th century
Edouard Remenyi, concert poster, 19th century
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Jascha Heifetz, record store poster, c. 1950
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Efrem Zimbalist, signed photo, 1946
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Yehudi Menuhin, concert poster c. 1920
Fritz Kreisler, concert poster, c. 1943
Edouard Remenyi, signed music quote, 1880
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Zino Francescatti signed photo, 1946
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Alphonse Legros, etching on paper, 19th century
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Berthe Morisot, etching on paper, 1876
Bronislaw Huberman, program ad, 1896
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Mischa Mischakoff, signed photo, 1952 ex- David Sanders
Eugene Ysaye, rare cabinet photo
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Renée Chemet, signed program, 1932
Carl Rosa, concert program, 1870
Camilla Urso, broadside, 1852
Cynthia Alvarez, acrylic on canvas, 2019
Cynthia Alvarez, acrylic/gouache on paper 2019
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Francisco Zúñiga, lithograph on paper, 1977 ex- SF Mexican Museum
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Ruth Posselt, signed program photo
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Joseph Szigeti, signed photo, 1945
Emilien Mulot-Durivage, oil on canvas, c. 1880
Theophile Alexandre Steinlen, ink on paper, c. 1890
Emanuel Ondricek, signed program photo
Mijin Kwon, oil on wood, 2020
Jennifer Berkowitz, oil on panel, 2018
Josefina Filomeno, concert program, 1868
Ruggiero Ricci, signed program, 1962