|Cora Ginsburg Gallery
The name Cora Ginsburg has been associated with fine and rare costume and antique textiles since the 1940s. Founded in 1971 as Cora Ginsburg Inc., the company specializes in museum-quality costume of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and in textiles of the 17th to 20th centuries. Owner and director Titi Halle has been with the gallery since 1981. Cora Ginsburg LLC collects, consults, and appraises for museums and private collectors in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.
The gallery is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and is open on weekdays by appointment.
In 1979, Titi Halle met the renowned Cora Ginsburg; Ms. Halle became director of the business in 1985 and the owner in 1997. She is a member of the National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America, the Centre International d'Etude des Textiles Anciens, the Costume Society of America, the Textile Society of America, and CINOA. Ms. Halle has also participated as a textile expert on the Antiques Road Show.
Ms. Halle is the 2017 recipient of the Bard Graduate Center Iris Foundation Award for Outstanding Dealer. She has lectured at the Textile Museum, Washington D.C., the Detroit Institute of Art, the Annual Colonial Williamsburg Antiques Forum, Sotheby's Institute and at various other museums and historical societies across the United States. She has served on the Textile Vetting Committees for numerous fairs, including The European Fine Art Fair in Maastricht, Netherlands, and the Winter Show in New York. For the past 22 years, Ms. Halle has organized and published the annual catalogue for Cora Ginsburg LLC, focusing on rare costume,
textiles and needlework. In January 2010, The Magazine Antiques featured a dealer profile of Ms. Halle; Cora Ginsburg LLC and Ms. Halle were also the subject of a column in the "Antiques" section of the New York Times, January 21, 2010.
Michele Majer has been with Cora Ginsburg LLC as a research associate since 1995. In addition to her work for the gallery, she is an Assistant Professor at The Bard Graduate Center, NY, where she teaches courses in clothing and textile history. Ms. Majer received her BA at Barnard College and her MA
at New York University. She was on the curatorial staff at the Costume
Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1986–1993. Her publications include: Staging Fashion, 1880-1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke; "La Mode à la girafe: Fashion, Culture and Politics in Bourbon Restoration France," in Studies in the Decorative Arts; “La Quatrième Unité: Costume and Fashion in Genre Historique Painting,” in Romance and Chivalry: History and Literature Reflected in Early Nineteenth-Century French Painting; “American Women and French Fashion,” in The Age of Napoleon: Costume from Revolution to Empire, 1789–1815; The Wright’s Ferry Mansion: The Collection (contributing author); and Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (contributing author). Ms. Majer has lectured on various aspects of clothing history throughout the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, and is a contributor to
the yearly Cora Ginsburg catalogue. She also serves on the English and Continental Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture Vetting Committee at The Winter Antiques Show.
Billy DeGregorio has been with the gallery since 2012 as a research assistant. He writes for the annual Cora Ginsburg catalogue and is currently a PhD candidate at the Bard Graduate Center in New York, where he studies eighteenth-century material culture, the history of the haute couture, collectors, and the relationship between fashion and museums in the United States. He has contributed to the exhibition catalogues Scaasi: American Couturier (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 2010), Staging Fashion, 1880-1920: Jane Hading, Lily Elsie, Billie Burke (Bard Graduate Center, 2012), Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Bard Graduate Center, 2013), and Elegance in an Age of Crisis: Fashions of the 1930s (Fashion Institute of Technology, 2014). When not at the gallery, he works as a conservation technician and research assistant at the Museum of the City of New York, most recently working on the exhibition Stephen Burrows: When Fashion Danced (2013) and Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip (2017).
Martina D'Amato joined Cora Ginsburg LLC in 2015. She is a doctoral student at the Bard Graduate Center studying Italian and French decorative arts and design; the history of collections; and the intersection of historicism, collecting, and politics in France and Italy. She writes for the annual Cora Ginsburg catalogue and Art & Antiques Magazine, and has contributed to the following publications: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Bard Graduate Center, 2013), Visualizing 19th-Century New York (Bard Graduate Center, 2014), and The Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Design (2015). She also works as a research assistant at the New York University Institute of Fine Arts and was previously Curatorial Fellow at the Bard Graduate Center; exhibitions include The Interface Experience: Forty Years of Personal Computing (2015) and Design by the Book: Illustrating the Chinese Ritual Classics (2017).