Statement from the Board of Trustees on the Cézanne Sale
Posted: August 26, 2020
The Ford House Board of Trustees, after long and thoughtful deliberation, has made the decision to sell a Paul Cézanne watercolor entitled Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier. This decision will help ensure the ongoing financial sustainability of Ford House, guarantee the continued stewardship of the estate, and honor Eleanor Ford’s expressed wishes that the estate be maintained as an asset for the community. Christie’s auction house will manage the sale.
In 2013, the work was removed from public view due to its fragile nature and replaced with a high-quality, professional reproduction. Proceeds from the sale will be used to bolster the endowment, allowing the Board of Trustees to ensure the preservation, restoration and care of the National Historic Landmark estate.
There are no plans to sell any other assets at this time; however, in accordance with Eleanor Ford’s intent that the estate be maintained for the community, the board will continue to evaluate the estate’s needs and its long-term fiscal health.
The Board of Trustees, Ford House
For more information on the painting or the sale, please visit Christie's web site here.