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Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874)

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild was the first of his generation to be enlisted into the ranks of the Rothschild family firm. His general education in Berlin university was brought to a fairly swift conclusion so that he might focus his mind more closely on matters of business. Anselm's introduction to business was in Paris, where he served as his uncle James's apprentice. He entered the family partnership in Frankfurt and married into the English House on 11 September 1826, taking as his bride Charlotte, the oldest daughter of Nathan. His father's Viennese House came under his complete control after the upheavals of 1848.

In common with his uncles, Anselm collected a large number of honorary titles, but, like his cousins, he was able to participate in political life, and in 1861 became a member of the Imperial House of Lords in Vienna. His contribution to Viennese life was prodigious: numerous medical, artistic and general social foundations owed their existence to his generosity. Anselm left five large estates to his sons, including Schillersdorf, Beneschau and Enzesfeld.

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874), artefacts, rock crystal seal, c.1840

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German rock crystal seal of Anselm Salomon von Rothschild, Idar Oberstein, c 1840. Seals, bearing the Rothschild family crest would have been used for sealing family letters and documents. This seal is unused, so it is likely to have been a decorative piece.

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874), passport, 1830

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Passport in the name of Anselm von Rothschild (1803-1874) and his valet, permitting travel to England. Issued in Paris by the British Ambassador, July 1830.

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874), private papers, 1836

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Circular announcing appointment of Anselm von Rothschild (1803-1874) as Austrian Consul General of Frankfurt am Main, issued in Vienna 17 March 1836.

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874), private papers, 1843-1857

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Documents conferring Freedom of the City of Vienna Anselm Salomon, 5 January 1843 and May 1843; papers concerning philanthropy and charitable donations in Vienna and Brünn; papers concerning Anselm Salamon’s gift towards the building of Politechnical Institute in Brünn and Diploma conferring the Freedom of Brünn on him, 1844; contracts for property in the rue Laffitte in Paris and the Grüneburg estate in Frankfurt; documents conferring citizenship of Vienna upon Anselm Salomon. This collection originates from a tin trunk labelled “Box 64” in the New Court vaults containing various items selected on grounds of historical interest by an unknown hand. 

Anselm Salomon von Rothschild (1803-1874), catalogue of collections, 1866; 1872

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Copy of the Katalog der Kunstsammlung des Freiherrn Anselm von Rothschild in Wien, by Franz Schestag, part 1 (1866) and part 2 (1872) detailing the collections of Anselm Salomon von Rothschild.