The New York Times reminds us of the immense contribution Albert Sack made to the growth of interest and expertise in American antiques.
Mr. Sack was the last surviving principal of a family business, Israel Sack Inc. Founded in 1905 by his father, Israel, the company was instrumental in elevating the commercial appeal of American antiques to a level once reserved for furniture of European origin.
As the chief buyer for the firm, Albert Sack developed a nationwide network of collectors, shop owners and friends who helped him locate underappreciated gems that later commanded top prices. Some brought multimillion-dollar record-breaking sums at auction sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s.
Albert M. Sack, Antiques Dealer and Author, Dies at 96 (New York Times)