Jayne Wrightsman

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Jayne Wrightsman
Jane Kirkman Larkin

(1919-10-21)October 21, 1919
DiedApril 20, 2019(2019-04-20) (aged 99)
New York City, U.S.
Occupationsocialite, philanthropist, collector, museum patron
Spouse(s)Charles B. Wrightsman

Jayne Kirkman Wrightsman (née Larkin; October 21, 1919 – April 20, 2019) was an American philanthropist, fine and decorative arts collector and widow of philanthropist and art collector Charles B. Wrightsman (1895–1986). She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1965.[1] She was a resident and president of the co-op board at 820 Fifth Avenue.


She was born in Michigan, and grew up in Los Angeles.[2]

Beginning in 1952, she and her husband amassed the finest private collection in the US of the decorative arts of the ancien régime, ultimately donating many objects (comprising the Wrightsman Galleries) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.[3] Jayne Wrightsman also served as a member of the Museum's 100th Anniversary Committee[4] and was elected to the board of trustees in 1975.[3]

In December 2012, Magnificent Jewels from the Collection of Mrs. Charles Wrightsman raised $15,541,188 at auction with Sotheby's, New York.[5]

Wrightsman died on April 20, 2019, aged 99.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vanity Fair - The Best Dressed List - The International Hall of Fame: Women". Archived from the original on Sep 10, 2011. Retrieved Apr 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b McFadden, Robert D. (20 April 2019). "Jayne Wrightsman, Arts Benefactor and Doyenne of High Society, Dies at 99". New York Times. Retrieved 21 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b A Guide to the Wrightsman Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  4. ^ Finding aid for the George Trescher records related to The Metropolitan Museum of Art Centennial, 1949, 1960-1971 (bulk 1967-1970). The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  5. ^ "Top Ten Most Expensive Private Jewelry Collections Sold at Auction". Jan 13, 2014. Retrieved Apr 22, 2019.

External links[edit]

  • "Jayne's World". Francesca Stanfill. Vanity Fair Magazine. January 2003. Retrieved 7 August 2016.