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Vance Jordan Fine Art [1987-2003] | Jordan-Volpe Gallery [ca.1978-1987]

January 1, 1978

ECA control number: 24430

Record level: Listing

Record type: Auction house / private gallery

Auction house / private gallery name: Vance Jordan Fine Art [1987-2003] | Jordan-Volpe Gallery [ca.1978-1987]

Aka: Jordan-Volpe Gallery ; Vance Jordan ; Vance Jordan Fine Art ; Vance Jordan Gallery

Founded: ca.1978

Closed/acquired: 2003

Vance Jordan Fine Art [1987-2003], 958 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021
Jordan-Volpe Gallery [ca.1978-1987], 457 West Broadway, New York, NY


“Vance Jordan, a leading dealer in American art and a pioneer in promoting the American Arts and Crafts Movement, died yesterday at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He was 60 and lived in Manhattan.

The cause of death was cancer, his sister, Jill Spangler, said.

In the late 1970’s Mr. Jordan and his cousin Tod Volpe ran the Jordan-Volpe Gallery on West Broadway in SoHo. It specialized in American Arts and Crafts furniture and pottery along with paintings by American expatriate artists like Edwin Lord Weeks, H. Siddons Mowbray, Julius LeBlanc Stewart and Charles Caryl Coleman. At a time when many of these objects were considered little more than flea-market finds, the gallery’s exhibitions and catalogs help educate the collecting public, elevating work by furniture makers like Gustav Stickley and objects by the Arts and Crafts ceramist William H. Fulper 2nd to hot collectibles that over the years ended up adorning homes from Hollywood to Manhattan and the permanent collections of museums across the country.

Born on Feb. 14, 1943, Mr. Jordan grew up in Yonkers, the son of Lillian and Joseph Jordan. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1964 with a degree in engineering. Instead of pursuing his studies, however, Mr. Jordan first became a squash pro at the New York Athletic Club. In the late 1960’s and in the 1970’s, he ran the Joe Jordan Talent Agency, a children’s talent agency founded by his father in 1966.

But his first love was art. After more than a decade in SoHo, in 1987 he moved his gallery to Madison Avenue and changed its name to Vance Jordan Fine Art. It was then that he began concentrating on important American paintings of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, holding exhibitions on subjects ranging from Stewart to paintings and watercolors by Childe Hassam and another devoted to the still lives of John La Farge.

In 1996 Mr. Jordan financed an exhibition at his gallery consisting of 25 American paintings from the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He held an opening that was a benefit, raising about $160,000 to finance a catalog of the museum’s historic American oil paintings.

Mr. Jordan was himself a tireless collector whose tastes ran from the whimsical to the serious. Not wanting to compete with his clients, he chose far different areas on which to focus. His Manhattan apartment was filled with an astonishing array of unexpected collections ranging from Swatch watches and antique clown shoes to Italian crib figures and 19th-century Italian painting.

Mr. Jordan served on the board of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia.

Besides his sister, he is survived by two nephews, Ian and Noel Spangler of Manhattan.”

Citation: The New York Times, New York, NY, “Vance Jordan, 60, a dealer In Turn-of-the-Century art” by Carol Vogel, October 21, 2003.



2001 Vance Jordan Fine Art, New York, NY, “Selections from the Libby and Bill Clark Collection”, October 29 – December 7.
1999 Vance Jordan Gallery, New York, NY, “Emil Carlsen: Quiet Magic“, October 28 – December 10.



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