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Paul Mallon (1884–1975)

Paul Mallon (1884–1975) was a Parisian antiquities dealer who specialized in Asian, ancient (especially Egyptian), and Byzantine art. In the 1910s and 1920s, his gallery was first at 114, avenue des Champs-Elysées, and later at 3, rue de Cirque, Champs-Elysées. Beginning about 1934, his wife, Marguerite Mallon, ran the gallery, which had moved to 23, rue Raynouard. Paul Mallon stated that his mentor was the collector and dealer Charles Vignier (Paul Mallon, “Des imitations des anciennes sculptures Chinoises,” Artibus asiae 2, no. 1 [1927]: 41). In the late 1930s and 1940s, the Mallons were in New York City at the Gladstone Hotel, and they sold artworks to a number of American museums including the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and the textile department of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, as well as the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.

Les donateurs du Louvre: Exposition présentée à Paris, Musée du Louvre, hall Napoléon, 4 avril–21 août 1989 (Paris: Réunion des musées nationaux, 1989), 263.

Bonnie Effros, "Art of the 'Dark Ages': Showing Merovingian Artefacts in North American Public and Private Collections," Journal of the History of Collections 17, no. 1 (2005): 109.