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Gustave Samuel James de Rothschild (1829-1911)

Gustave Samuel James de Rothschild, was born in Paris on 17 February 1829, the second of James and Betty's sons. His father was by this time well-established in the city and his children had all the benefits of the family's social standing. Gustave was educated at the Collège Bourbon and served an apprenticeship in Frankfurt. In 1859 he married Cécile Anspach.

In his later adult life, Gustave shared the management of de Rothschild Frères with his brother Alphonse, and was a director of the Chemin de fer du Nord and the PLM company. From 1852 he was a member, and later president, of the Paris Consistory. His commitment to improving the lot of the Jewish community was undertaken on behalf of that body and in connection with family foundations. A Hebrew primary school in Paris, which he founded in 1866 bore his name, and he was a director of the Rothschild Hospital. Together with his brothers, he created in 1904 the Fondation Rothschild to build artisans' dwellings.

Gustave de Rothschild, inventories and receipts, 1879-1929

000/2236/1-3, 3 files

Sundry papers relating to the artand object collections of Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911) and Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946) at 23 Avenue Marigny, Paris. The papers have been subdivided in three files: receipts for purchases, inventories, and sundry correspondence.

  • Receipts for purchases, 1896-1929: Sellers receipts include: Wildenstein, Jacques Seligmann & Fils, Bensimon, Duveen Brothers, Jules Dennery, Davis Brothers, Charles Sedelmeyer, S. Guiraud, Henri Baudoin, J. Féral, Boudet, Lair Dubreuil, Durand-Ruel. (000/2236/1)
  • Inventory: Evaluation des Faïences, Grande Vitrine, Salon Rouge, 23 Avenue Marigny à Paris. (000/2236/2) 
  • Inventory: Inventaire Baron Gustave de Rothschild, 23 Avenue Marigny à Paris: A - Armes Européennes et Fers Ouvrés; B - Armes Oriental; C1-C2 - Bijoux et Montres; D1 - Bronzes d’Ameublement; D2 - Relevé d’inventaire de Tabatières du Baron Gustave de Rothschild 000/2236/2)
  • Baron Gustave de Rothschild, sundry papers and correspondence concerning collections, 1879-1910: letter from Alice M Martineau concerning Baron Robert de Rothschild’s garden at Benerville, 1914; Plats vendus à Seligmann; correspondence with Eugène Lami; collection de Faïences Italiennes du Baron Gustave de Rothschild; papers concerning a legal dispute between Baron Gustave de Rothschild and Seligmann, 1910; papers concerning the Collection Borghesé, 1879; lists of artworks with estimated values; envelope entitled ‘Liste d’objets provenant du Baron James’; Inventory of the collection of Baron Robert de Rothschild, Hôtel Avenue Marigny. (000/2236/3)

Gustave de Rothschild, photographs, c.1850

000/1567/1, 1 item

Studio portrait photograph of Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911), aged about 21. By Nadar, Paris.

Gustave de Rothschild, watercolour, c.1890

000/1991/2, 1 item

Amateur unframed unsigned watercolour of Gustave Samuel James de Rothschild (1829-1911) talking to jockey in Rothschild colours. 

Gustave de Rothschild, sale catalogue of collections, 1991

000/2937/3, 1 volume

Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911): sale catalogue, Porcelaines provenant de l'ancienne collection du Baron Gustave de Rothschild principalement Vincennes et Sèvres XVIIIe siècle, 20 June 1991 (Drouot, Paris, 1991).