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Louis M. Salerno, Owner

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC

Louis M. Salerno has long been an enthusiastic collector of American paintings. He became disenchanted with the way galleries treated collectors and vowed that if he opened a gallery, his clients would not be judged by their wealth or position; every client would be treated equally, with respect and courtesy. About two decades ago, Louis established Questroyal Fine Art and later partnered with his son, Co-owner Brent L. Salerno. Today, Questroyal is among the nation’s leading American art galleries.

Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, is an established American art gallery specializing in fine American paintings from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Questroyal’s ever-changing, diverse inventory of more than four hundred artworks includes important Hudson River School, impressionist, and modernist examples.

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David Johnson (1827–1908) Roger’s Slide, New York, 1870 Oil on canvas 13⅜ x 21⅜ inches Monogrammed lower right: DJ 1870.  Available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York

WORTHY OF THE AGES: Important Hudson River School Paintings

Posted: January 27, 2017 10:34

WORTHY OF THE AGES: Important Hudson River School Paintings An Exhibition and Sale   March 10–April 8, 2017   More than 125 works on view   Hours: Monday–Friday 10–6, Saturday 10–5 and by appointment   New York (January 26, 2017) – This spring, Questroyal Fine Art offers American art lovers the rare opportunity to view an exceptional, comprehensive exhibition of Hudson River School paintings. Over 125 works by leaders of the movement will be on view at 903 Park Avenue from March 10 through April 8 in Worthy of the Ages: Important Hudson River School Paintings. Although...

Dream Within a Dream Oil on panel 5⅛ x 8⅞ inches Available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York

Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns

Posted: October 13, 2016 11:22

Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns November 11–December 10, 2016 A comprehensive, groundbreaking exhibition of over 125 works   One of the greatest artists America has produced. —The New York Times, 1942   He made a strong impression not only upon American art, but upon the art of the world. —New-York Tribune, 1916   [Among] a small group of about the strongest individualists in the history of art. —The New Yorker, 1947   Eleven years in the making, Questroyal Fine Art is proud to present Ralph Albert Blakelock: The Great Mad Genius Returns. A...

Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring Hardbound, 108 pages, 42 color plates

Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring

Posted: September 13, 2016 08:29

Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring Hardbound, 108 pages, 42 color plates   New York (September 7, 2016) - Questroyal Fine Art’s anticipated Important American Paintings, Volume XVII: Enduring is now available by request. This hardcover, 108-page catalogue features forty-two color plates by some of the most important nineteenth- and twentieth-century painters, with examples ranging from masterpieces of the Hudson River School to American modernism. But as gallery owner Louis M. Salerno assures, “You do not have to be an expert to appreciate these paintings; in fact,...

Ralph Albert Blakelock (1847–1919), Shanties in Harlem, 1874, oil on canvas, 18 x 32 inches, signed and dated lower left: R.  A.  Blakelock 1874

American Art Week Rewards Connoisseurship

Posted: May 28, 2015 14:58

It is nearly impossible to gauge the market for American paintings unless you are an active buyer. Industry professionals try to draw conclusions based on statistical measures that include sell-through rates, percent-above-high estimates, sales totals, mediums, and averages, all of which fail to assess or adjust for the most relevant determinants of value; issues such as condition, subject matter, size, framing, and dating have the most impact on sales results. Although I have not reviewed the statistics for the recent sales I can say with confidence that the market for quality...

Fairfield Porter, "Sunrise" Currently available at Questroyal Fine Art.

Aggressive Estimates Result in Strong Sales During American Art Week

Posted: May 30, 2014 08:38

Silencing the skeptics, the nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American art market demonstrated its strength across multiple genres. Glowing press releases from both Sotheby’s and Christie’s described exuberant bidding and impressive results. The 67 lots sold at Sotheby’s resulted in a sell-through rate of 80.7%, while Christie’s achieved a 69% sell-through rate, selling 115 of the 167 lots offered. Combined, the two major houses sold a total of 182 lots for nearly $110,000,000. I will describe some my battles before delving deeper into the results. My job becomes more difficult...

John Leslie Breck (1860–1899) Early Snow, 1894.  Oil on canvas.  18¼ x 22 inches (approx.) Signed and dated lower left: John Leslie Breck / 1894.  Available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York

Bidders Beware: American Art Sales Yield Strong Results

Posted: June 05, 2013 21:42

Last month's American art auctions in New York confirmed the market's accelerating recovery. Critics may point out disappointing lots, but as an eager buyer I can assure you that it was exceedingly difficult to acquire the most desirable work. This is a market that consists of well-informed collectors, determined to purchase paintings that represent the best efforts by important artists. If you were in the auction room when those coveted works were offered, you could immediately sense the enthusiasm as you witnessed competitive bidding. We must be careful not to judge the market by the...


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