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Liliane, Baroness Elie de Rothschild (née Fould-Springer) (1916-2003),

Liliane Elisabeth Victoire Fould-Springer was born on 11 May 1916, the youngest of the four children of Baron Eugène Fould-Springer, descendant of Napoleon III's Finance Minister Achille Fould and a member of the European banking house Fould Oppenheim. Her mother Mitzi was only daughter and heiress of Baron Gustav Springer, the Austro-Hungarian industrial magnate.

Liliane married Baron Elie de Rothschild (1917-2007) in 1942. Liliane had a good eye for pictures and a flair for design. When, in 1967, the old premises of the family bank in Paris, de Rothschild Frères, at 19 rue Laffitte, were demolished to make way for a modern building, it was she, in collaboration with Michel Boyer, who supervised the interior decoration.

She was also a guiding light in the decoration of the hotels and restaurants established by the French Rothschilds' enterprise PLM (an acronym deriving from two Rothschild railway companies which were merged in 1857, the Paris-Lyons and the Lyons-Méditerranée), of which Baron Elie was president. An example was the 812-room Hôtel Saint-Jacques, which opened in Paris in 1972.

When, in the late 1950s, she and her husband moved into 11 rue Masseran, a Paris hotel built for Prince Masserano by Brongniart in 1785, Liliane de Rothschild decorated its interiors with a most effective mixture of Rothschild portraits and objets d'art, French furniture by the greatest 18th-century cabinetmakers, Old Master paintings and the 20th-century works of art that she and Baron Elie collected.

Liliane de Rothschild, press cuttings and ephemera, c.1949-1990

000/941, 3 boxes

Collection of press cuttings, publications and ephemera collected by Liliane, including publications about Rothschild art, news cuttings, bibliographies, souvenirs of Rothschild events, etc. Includes copy of Les Rothschild Gouvieux-Chantilly 1880-1930, detailing Rothschild estates in the area, and sale catalogue for Baron Guy de Rothschild, Meubles et Objects d'Art provenant du Château de Ferrières appartenant au Baron Guy de Rothschild, Sotheby's sale catalogue, Monaco, 3 December 1994.

List available

Liliane de Rothschild, correspondence, 1958; 2012

000/2517, 1 folder

Original correspondence from Liliane de Rothschild (1916-2003) and her daughter Nelly to Nurse MacRae, May 1958, and covering letter, July 2015 from Ms MacRae to the Archive. In the late 1950s, Baron Elie de Rothschild was in Oxford, England, receiving treatment at the Wingfield Orthopaedic Hospital. He learnt that a group of nurses (including Nurse MacRae) who had relieved the Baroness and the children's nanny in sitting with him during his recovery, were going on a visit to Paris for the first time.  Elie arranged for a visit to his office, a trip to Paris nighclubs and drinks with him and the Baroness at their Paris home, followed by dinner. After the visit Nurse MacRae wrote to Liliane to thank her, enclosing the gift of a doll for Nelly. These letters are the replies from Liliane and Nelly, kept by Nurse MacRae, who now retired, lives in Canada.

Liliane de Rothschild, Order of Service (funeral) and other papers, 2003

000/1248, 4 items

Memorial booklet for Liliane de Rothschild. Copies of a valedictory speech given in honour of Liliane de Rothschild.