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

000/941, 000/1334, 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; photographs of Rothschild polot teams in the 1960s; article from Town & Country, 'The Queen of Paris: Marie-Helene', 1970s; sale catalogue Meubles et Objects d'Art provenant du Château de Ferrières appartenant au Baron Guy de Rothschild, Sotheby's, Monaco, 3 December 1994.

Liliane, Baroness Elie de Rothschild, sundry correspondence, 1958; 1980-1981; 2001; 2012; 2015

000/982, 000/1115, 000/2517, 9 items, 1 file

Liliane, Baroness Elie de Rothschild, (née Fould-springer) (1916-2003), sundry correspondence.

  • Letter to Miriam Rothschild from Liliane, 22 May 2001, in which she mentions the death of her maid Jeanette, whose length of service with the Rothschild family totals 130 years when combined with that of her father. (000/0982)
  • Letters to Liliane from various authors, including a letter from the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 13 October 1980, regarding objects held there with a Rothschild provenance; letter from Ina Freidman, 22 June 1981, regarding a book she is writing on the Holocaust; a graphology study of Edouard de Rothschild  (1868-1949). (000/1115)
  • Original correspondence from Liliane 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.

Liliane,Baroness Elie de Rothschild, memorial papers, 2003

000/1248, 4 items

Memorial booklet for Liliane, Baroness Elie de Rothschild (1916-2003). Copies of a valedictory speech given in honour of Liliane de Rothschild.

Liliane, Baroness Elie de Rothschild: private papers, 1870; c.1930-1990

000/1295, 1 file

Liliane, Baroness Elie de Rothschild (nee Fould-Springer) (1916-2003): private papers. A collection of sundry documents, photographs, printed material and press cuttings collected by Liliane. The collection includes photographs of Baron Elie de Rothschild and Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946), Liliane's father-in-law. The colelction conatins asingle letter addressed to Adolphe de Rothschild (1823-1900), Geneva, from Ernest Lévy, dated 28 October 1870 and sent by balloon.