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Indian Art from the Estate of David Swope


One could say David Swope lived his life to the fullest, and it seems that whenever he is remembered, it is for his kindness and generosity.

Mr. Swope was a serious collector of Indian antiquities and traveled extensively through India, living in Bombay (now Mumbai) in the 1960s. It was there he spent two and a half years in the Peace Corps, where he set up a legal aid society, and met many lifelong friends. Upon returning to the United States, he joined the law firm of Davis Polk. Later in life, after a long and rewarding career, he immersed himself in his philanthropic and environmental work. Many Westchester County, New York organizations such as the Westchester Community College in Valhalla, the Teatown Lake Reservation Environmental Education Center in Ossining and the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville benefited from his hard work and generosity.

Whenever one is invited to look at a large group of Indian artifacts, one must naturally question age, authenticity and provenance. Mr. Swope’s collection was purchased over decades of travel and numerous trips to India, many from Natesan’s Antiqarts, in Mumbai. He befriended Kalesan Natesan and his family whilst he was in the Peace Corps. This friendship and mutual adoration for Indian Art was a catalyst for Mr. Swope’s collecting.

Highlights of the sale include: A Grey Granite Carving of Vishnu, a Bronze Figure of Shiva, a large and colorful Pichwai and a Grey Schist Carving of a Dancing Ganesha.

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Friday, May 3

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Friday, May 10 – Friday, May 17

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