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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.

Blog entries from Questroyal Fine Art Blog

Questroyal's Seventh Annual Summer Special Sale, Now through September 2, 2016

Questroyal’s Seventh Annual Summer Special Sale

Posted: June 10, 2016 08:32

Now through September 2, 2016 Over 80 paintings offered below cost or substantially discounted Each summer, Questroyal Fine Art prepares for new acquisitions for the upcoming fall season. Unlike most galleries, they own nearly all the paintings they sell, and this unique situation allows them to give collectors a momentary opportunity to benefit. In Questroyal’s seventh annual summer special sale, running now through September 2, over eighty paintings by highly regarded American artists are being offered below cost or substantially discounted. Highlights of this year’s event include a...

Thomas Cole (1801–1848), "Catskill Mountain House" (detail), oil on canvas, 15 x 23 inches, initialed lower center: TC From The Jack Warner Foundation, available at Questroyal Fine Art, LLC, New York, New York

Paintings from The Jack Warner Foundation, An Exhibition and Sale

Posted: May 10, 2016 11:34

Questroyal Fine Art has been given the rare opportunity to offer twenty-one exceptional paintings from The Jack Warner Foundation collection, which will be on view at 903 Park Avenue from Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, June 4. This group represents some of the finest works that Jack Warner selected and cherished over the years and reflects the expansiveness and high caliber of the Warner collection. Over the course of the past sixty years, Jack has amassed important examples of American art for his company, foundation, and personal collection that represent the quality and spectrum...

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...

Voyeurs in Virgin Territory: The Hudson River School Painters

Posted: March 06, 2015 14:14

An Exhibition and Sale Friday, March 13–Saturday, April 11, 2015 Hours: Monday–Friday 10–6, Saturday 10–5 and by appointment Questroyal Fine Art proudly presents Voyeurs in Virgin Territory: The Hudson River School Painters. Opening Friday, March 13, this show marks the inaugural exhibition in Questroyal Fine Art’s newly expanded gallery space at 903 Park Avenue, which now comprises the entire third floor and more than 4,500 square feet. On view through Saturday, April 13, this highly anticipated annual exhibition features more than one hundred paintings by important Hudson River...

Important American Paintings, Volume XV: Now

Posted: October 03, 2014 15:38

Our typically atypical catalogue Hardbound, 132 pages, 50 color plates With a year full of headlines on the dizzying state of the contemporary art market, Questroyal Fine Art continues to champion the importance and value of nineteenth- and twentieth-century American paintings. In the newest edition of their popular Important American Paintings series, aptly titled Now and available in mid-October, Questroyal reviews the important sales and exhibitions in American art throughout the year, demonstrating that while this market continues to gain momentum, there is still opportunity for...

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...

 

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