The collection of Zita Rosenthal includes fine art that she purchased in the 1960’s and 70’s and Art Deco Furniture and Silver which she inherited from her husband’s family.
Over the past 80 years, the property has been collected and housed in the marvelous 'Will O’Woods’ at 1300 Journey’s End Road, Croton on Hudson, NY. 'Will O’ Woods' is a turn of the century mansion first owned by stage & silent film actor Holbrook Blinn, before being purchased by banker John Rosenthal. Rosenthal was the son of a lawyer, Moritz Rosenthal who defended standard oil during the anti-trust case in 1907 among other interesting cases. John Rosenthal was a banker for Ladenburg Thalmann, the New York Investment firm still in existence today, and he and his wife Edna hired the architect Karl Boch to redesign the interior—which he did in a fantastic Art Deco style, incorporating not only great Deco architectural elements, but an entire house full of period furniture.
In addition to the furniture, there is a fine selection of period Silver, by makers such as Puiforcat, Georg Jensen and Tiffany. There is glass by another famous Art Deco contemporary, Rene Lalique, and furniture and decorations by Tommi Parzinger, Karl Springer and others. Edward Rosenthal inherited 'Will O’ Woods' from his parents, and his wife Zita added on to the collection. Zita was a graduate of Cornell University’s Art school, and a well-known interior designer, before turning her attention to Landscape Design, and her collecting tended to focus on the great mid-century artists—like Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, William Zorach, Pierre Alechinsky, Joan Miro, Georges Ruoualt, Rockwell Kent, Norman Laliberte, David Mauldin and others. In addition she collected extensively on her travels around the world, including a very large work by the now extremely sought after Indian artist Avinash Chandra.
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