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Pincus Chock [1859-1919]

January 1, 1859

ECA record control number: 14207

Record level: Listing

Record type: Collector

Name: Pincus Chock

Birth: December, 1859 in Poland / Russia ;
Death: February 9, 1919 in New York, NY ;

City: New York ;
State: New York ;
Other cities: [unknown city] Poland ; [unknown city] Russia ;

Gender: Male ;

Historical notes:
Mr. Pincus Chock immigrated to the US and became a naturalized citizen in 1899.  He married Kate (Solomon) Chock [1870-1958] on November 23, 1890 in New York, NY.  Chock was a clothing manufacturer and merchant which might explain the American patent that he applied for in 1899 for a circular chalk sharpener.  Chalk is used to tailor and mark fabric in the making of clothing.  While there is no record of Chock’s original immigration date, it can usually be assumed that he came to live in America around 1897 or 1898 and was naturalized a year or two later in 1899.  A year later he was married and eventually had three children : Adeline (Chock) Goldstein, Bernard Chock, and Alma (Chock) Quint.

It is unclear if Chock was a true art collector but, it was assumed that he was paid a fee to pretend to be a collector on behalf of a large group of American artists in order to sell his “collection” of their works through the American Art Galleries auction house in New York, NY.  This theory was posited by a Chicago Tribune writer who had never heard of Chock and felt it would be unusual not to know the collector of such a large amount of works numbering around 318.

– The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, New York, “Gallery and studio”, Sunday, March 6, 1898, page 20.
– Chicago Tribune, Chicago, IL, “[untitled art news]”, Sunday, March 13, 1898, page 31.
– “Pincus Chock (1859-1919)”. Ancestry.com website.  Accessed December 18, 2020.

Decades of activity:
1890s ;

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