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The rue de Courcelles Collection

Archives and artefacts deposited with The Rothschild Archive by Baron Nathaniel and Baronne Nili (b.1951) de Rothschild. Many items were formerly in the rue de Courcelles and at the family estate at Royaumont.

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 rue de Courcelles Collection I, 1816-1990

000/2089, 32 boxes, 40 items

A collection of papers, artefacts and framed items concerning the French Rothschild family deposited by Baron Nathaniel (b. 1946) and Baronne Nili (b.1951) de Rothschild. The collection includes family prayer books; medals, including the Croix de Guerre awarded to Baron Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946) for service during the First World War and the Croix de Guerre awarded to Baron Elie de Rothschild for service during the Second World War; other awards and tokens, correspondence and family papers; printed matter; family photograph albums  and loose photographs; Rothschild coats of arms, Rothschild family death masks; minatures; watercolours engravings, lithographs, prints and paintings; textiles (dinner suit with Rothschild colours); Rothschild buttons with the family’s coat of arms; Rothschild table linen with the Rothschild coat of arms. 

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The rue de Courcelles Collection II, c.1830-1950

000/2351, 10 boxes

A collection of papers, artefacts and other items concerning the French Rothschild family deposited by Baron Nathaniel (b. 1946) and Baronne Nili (b.1951) de Rothschild. Many items were formerly at the family estate at Royaumont. The collection largely contains publications, sales catalogues and other printed material collected by the family, together with small collections of family correspondence and other personal documents.

The rue de courcelles Collection III, 1905-1976

000/2364, 10 boxes

A collection of printed and published articles, other cuttings, books, magazines and ephemera (such as invitations) mainly concerning the French Rothschild family. Many of the items were collected by Nathaniel's parents Elie and Lilliane. Also includes some family photographs and stud books of Haras de Meautry, 1959. 

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The rue de Courcelles Collection IV, 1995-2003

000/2416, 2 boxes

Papers transferred to the Archive by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild. Papers concerning the estate of Cecile de Rothschild (1913-1995) and Max Fould-Springer (1906-1999); Christies sale catlogues for pieces from their collections, 2003.

The rue de Courcelles Collection V, c.1925-2012

000/2418, 2 boxes

Archives and artefacts deposited with The Rothschild Archive by Baron Nathaniel and Baronne Nili  de Rothschild. Many items were formerly in the rue de Courcelles and at the family estate at Royaumont and concern personal family matters, including property owned by the family, matters concerning the nationalisation of the French business in the 1980s, and private correspondence of Nathaniel's grandfather Robert.

The rue de Courcelles Collection VI, 1935; 1965-1986

000/2619, 1 box

Sundry private family papers and printed material gifted by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild: press cuttings mostly relating to the career of Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild (b.1946) and the memoirs of Baron Guy de Rothschild (1909-2007); papers relating to the Royaumont estate, including a brief history of the property; press cuttings concerning the social life of the French Rothschilds, and the nationalisation of Banque Rothschild, 1982; papers relating to Banque Rothschild, including Assemblée Générale Extraordinaire du 4 Juin 1968, business telephone directory 1 August 1968; papers concerning PLM including company organograms and budgets, 1969-1972; copy of Magazine La Terre Retrouvée, 25 March 1935; papers concerning the Transcontinental Services Group N.V.

The rue de Courcelles Collection VII, c.1920-1970

000/2653, 1 box

Sundry papers and printed material gifted by Baron Nathaniel de Rothschild, including Rothschild family photographs; New Year and Birthday cards and postcards; School exercise book for Nathaniel; sundry family correspondenceLoose correspondence 1950s - 1970s; Swimming certificate and award for nathaniel, 1959; sundry press cuttings from the 1960s concerning Nathaniel and Polo.

The rue de Courcelles Collection, artefacts, bust of Baron James de Rothschild, c.1850

000/2163, 2 items

Archives and artefacts deposited by Baron Nathaniel (b. 1946) and Baronne Nili (b.1951) de Rothschild: large marble bust of Baron James de Rothschild (1792-1868) and plinth.

The rue de Courcelles Collection, artworks from Royaumont, c.1925-2003

000/2563, 18 items

A small collection of artworks, formerly stored at Royaumont comprising three busts, fifteen framed original artworks, engravings and photographs, and one folder of supporting documentation for item 000/2563/4. Includes pieces relating to 10, rue de Courcelles and members of the Fould and Fould-Springer families.

The rue de Courcelles Collection, documents from Royaumont, 1828; 1906-1973

000/2608, 1 box, 1 map box

A small collection of miscellaneous documents, formerly stored at Royaumont. Includes a collection of miscellaneous Rothschild family photographs, mainly of members of the Fould-Springer family; large rolled Rothschild family tree entitled 'Stammbaum der Frenherrlichen familie Mayer Amschel von Rothschild'. Dated 26th September 1828. Showing descendants of Rothschild family, also showing members of Worms, Schnapper, Montefiore, Goldschmidt, Horsheim, Beyfus and Sichel families. Handcoloured. With Rothschild family crest; large rolled printed Rothschild family tree c.1970; papers of Baron Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911): congratulations received by Gustave in his capacity of President du Consistoire Israelite de Paris on the marriage of his son Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946) to Gabrielle Nelly Beer (1886-1945) in 1907; letters of congratulation sent to Robert Fould-Springer, on the award of the Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in recognition for his services, 1956.

The rue de Courcelles Collection, artefacts, civil decorations of James de Rothschild, c.1830-1868

000/2089/167, 1 box

Box of civil decorations believed to have belonged to James de Rothschild (1792-1868). Including Order of the Medjidie (Turkey); Order of St Vladimir (Russia); Order of St Stanislaus (Russia); Legion d’honneur (France); Order of the Iron Crown (Austria); Order of the Tower and Sword (Portugal); Order of St Anna (Russia); Order of the Red Eagle (Prussia); Order of the Golden Lion (Hesse-Kassel); Order of Leopold (Belgium); Order of Isabella the Catholic (Spain); Royal and Distinguished Spanish Order of Charles III (Spain); Order of the Crown of Italy (Italy); Order of the Saints Maurice and Lazarus (Vatican/Italy).

The rue de Courcelles Collection, artefacts, safe from the rue Laffitte, c.1800

000/2163, 1 item

Artefacts deposited by Baron Nathaniel (b. 1946) and Baronne Nili (b.1951) de Rothschild: Nineteenth century safe formerly in the offices of de Rothschild Fréres at Rue Laffitte, Paris. 

The rue de Courcelles Collection, artefacts, Rothschild monogrammed china, c.1870; c.1910

000/2163, 245 pieces

Archives and artefacts deposited by Baron Nathaniel (b. 1946) and Baronne Nili (b.1951) de Rothschild: 245 assorted dinner service plates and bowls, many with the monogram 'RR' (Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946)) or 'GR' (Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911)). Most of the plates are French porcelain, late 19th/mid-20th century, made by Jacquel in Paris and Pillivuyt, Mehun sur Yevre, Cher and J V Heillard Bordeaux and Sèvres.

The rue de Courcelles Collection, Lami watercolours, 1882

000/2168, 2 items

Two watercolours by Eugène Lami, one left unfinished. The watercolours depict the engagement of Zoé, the first daughter of Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911), in the smoking room of the hotel at avenue Marigny. In front of the fireplace, Gustave de Rothschild and his second daughter Aline (1867-1909); on the chair, Juliette (1870-1896) his third daughter; on the couch, Baroness Gustave de Rothschild and Mr. Montgomery; back, from left to right, M. de Breteuil, the painter Eugéne Lami, Colonel Dillon; and on the couch, under the Rembrandt painting (from the Van Loon collection), is Zoé de Rothschild (1863-1916) and her fiancé Baron Léon Lambert (1851-1919). One of the watercolours was given to Zoé by the artist on the occasion of her wedding, 31 May 1882.

The rue de Courcelles Collection, photographs and moving images, c.1900-1935

000/2411, 713 items

A collection of photographic material in various formats.  The majority of the items were created or received by Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946) and his immediate family, and includes material concerning Nelly de Rothschild, née Beer (1886-1945), Gustave de Rothschild (1829-1911), Cécile de Rothschild, née Anspach (1840-1912), Elie de Rothschild (1917-2007), Liliane de Rothschild, née Fould-Springer (1916-2003), Diane de Rothschild (1907-1996), Alain de Rothschild (1910-1982) and Cécile de Rothschild (1913-1995).

The collection falls into two categories of subject: military photographs (mainly concerning the First World War) and family photographs and artefacts. Robert trained as a mining engineer, and played a major role in the management of the Paris House, de Rothschild Frères. During the First World War, he served as a Lieutenant, receiving two citations. His wife, Nelly (1886-1945), whom he  married in 1907, nursed the wounded at Laversine, the family estate which was turned into a hospital during the hostilities. Robert shared the family's love of music and art, and experimented with early photography. His collection of photographs is extraordinary. The images date from the early nineteenth century. Many were taken in the heat of battle of the First World War, and depict troops at rest and in action. Robert clearly played an important role, and there are tantalising images of zeppelins and tanks on test missions, set-piece displays, parades and marches and shockingly stark images of destruction and dereliction. The collection includes many later happier images of the family and images show members of the family posing for formal portraits, together with images showing how Robert was experimenting with photographic techniques.

The collection comprises a total of 713 items: 164 Glass plate negatives, 414 Cellulose acetate negatives, 64 Prints, 25 Silver nitrates, 24 film reels and a portmanteaux suitcase  and 21 original photographic manufacturers’ boxes and wrappers, in which the collection was stored prior to its transfer to the Archive. The collection has been digitised.

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The rue de Courcelles Collection, French Army Uniform of Robert de Rothschild, c.1914-1918

000/2654, 14 items

Items of First World War French Army uniform; presumed to be that of Robert de Rothschild (1880-1946): Adrian helmet; fabric cap (Calot), four cream puttees; four khaki puttees, one pair of black ankle boots with silver spurs; one pair of khaki hand warmers; one military jacket with no buttons and Sous-Lieutenant stripes; one military jacket with buttons and Lieutenant stripes.

The rue de Courcelles Collection: M M de Rothschild Frères, 150th anniversary, 1967

000/2212, 1 box

Box containing a presentation copy of Ces Messieurs de Rothschild Frères, 1817-1967 (Maurice Druon de l'Academie Francaise (Editions Pierre Tisné, 1967), together with five transparencies and a set of engraved copper plates for the illustrations used in the book. This volume was produced for the 150th anniversary of the French business in 1967.