Spencer Throckmorton founded Throckmorton Fine Art (formerly Fine Arts of Ancient Lands) in 1980 and before this he worked for most of the 1970’s as a private dealer. With 35 years of experience, he maintains a high profile gallery in New York City’s 57th Street art district and he has become one of the foremost-recognized experts in the field of antique Pre-Columbian artworks and vintage Latin American photography.
Mr. Throckmorton attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he developed an interest in Latin America, particularly the Pre-Columbian civilizations, and studied Latin American art history. He traveled extensively throughout Mexico and Central America and gained valuable hands-on experience with antique Pre-Columbian objects.
Mr. Throckmorton is unique in his approach to dealing by creating an environment in which the focus is on all of the Arts of the Americas from Pre-Columbian times to the present. He has built a major collection of vintage photographs of Frida Kahlo, acquired an important group of rare vintage photographs by Tina Modotti and Edward Weston from their Mexican years, and has a large inventory of Mexican art from the Modernist period as well as contemporary Latin American photo-based art.
Mr. Throckmorton’s interest in ancient jade sculptures from Pre-Columbian civilizations led him to the East where he began to collect Neolithic Period Chinese jade objects. He has now become a leading dealer of Museum quality antique Chinese jades and stone Buddhist sculpture.
Throckmorton Fine Art has sold works of art to countless international museums and important corporate and private collections. Under Mr. Throckmorton’s direction, the gallery has published an extensive group of scholarly catalogues in the fields of Latin American vintage and modern photography, Pre-Columbian antique sculpture and ancient Chinese jade.
Throckmorton Fine Art has participated in New York’s annual Winter Antique Show for the last 25 years. Mr. Throckmorton has been a member of AIPAD (Association of International Photography Art Dealers) since 1994, a member of ATADA (The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association, Inc.) since 1989, and a member of International Association for Ancient Asian and Tribal Art (formerly NADAOPA) since 1980.