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The Looram Papers

Papers from the estate of Bettina, Mrs Matthew Looram, (née von Rothschild). Bettina von Rothschild was born on October 31 1924, the elder daughter of Baron Alphonse von Rothschild and his English wife Clarice, née Sebag-Montefiore. With her sister Gwendoline she grew up mostly in Vienna, in the grand house built by a Rothschild great-uncle on Theresianumgasse, and also at country estates at Schillersdorf, and the estate in Silesia. Together with her mother Clarice, Bettina undertook a long campaign to reclaim the family estate and treasures taken during the Second World War.

Access to some of these collections is restricted at the request of the donors and depositors. All papers later than 1945 are currently closed to researchers; for further information please contact The Rothschild Archive »

The Looram Papers I, [1874]-1999

000/793/1-8, 3 boxes

Papers concerning the sale of the collections of Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild: Works of art, silver, glass, Old Master paintings, furniture, arms and armour from the collections of the Barons Nathaniel and Albert von Rothschild, 8 July 1999, Christie’s, London. The collections were sold by Mrs Bettina Looram (née von Rothschild). These collections were restituted to the Viennese Rothschild family in the 1990s following a lengthy campaign by Mrs Looram. The papers include prints, photographs and transparencies of lots; copies of the sale catalogue, 8 July 1999; copy of Christies Magazine, July/August 1999; copy of The Telegraph Magazine, 3 July 1999 featuring the sale. Included with this accession were some original inventories of collections of the Viennese family; for further information see Estates: Palais Rothschild, Vienna »

The Looram Papers II, 1908-1968

000/2135, 14 boxes

Papers from the estate of Bettina Looram. The collection includes numerous files from the Nazi administration relating to the collections of art looted from the Rothschild family; lists of pensioners and rules of pensions funds for the Viennese bank and for estates in Austria and Schillersdorf; complete description of the works of art in the collection of Louis von Rothschild in the form of schedules, inventories and index cards; photographs of the items in the collection; sample share certificates.

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