Jayne Wrightsman, Died at 99

Jayne Kirkman Wrightsman was born on October 21, 1919, and died on April 20, 2019; she was an American philanthropist, fine arts collector and widow of philanthropist and art collector, Charles B. Wrightsman from 1895 to 1986.

She was, named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1965. She was a resident and president of the co-op board at 820 Fifth Avenue.


Jayne was born in Michigan and grew up in Los Angeles.

Starting in 1952, Jayne and her husband amassed the most exquisite private collection in the US of the decorative arts of the ancien régime, ultimately donating many objects (comprising the Wrightsman Galleries) to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Jayne also served as a member of the Museum’s 100th Anniversary Committee and was elected to the board of trustees in 1975.

In December 2012, Magnificent Jewels from the Collection of Mrs Charles Wrightsman raised $15,541,188 at auction with Sotheby’s, New York.

Jayne Wrightsman passed away on April 20, 2019, aged 99.