- Also known as
Lady Charlotte Schreiber
primary name: Schreiber, Charlotte
other name: (Lady) Bertie, Charlotte Elizabeth
other name: (Lady) Guest, Charlotte
other name: (Lady) Schreiber, Charlotte Elizabeth
- individual; collector; British; Female
- Life dates
- 17 Cavendish Square, London
- Daughter of Albemarle Bertie, 9th Earl of Lindsay. In 1833, married Sir (Josiah) John Guest, the Welsh iron magnate and after his death she ran the ironworks. In 1855, married Charles Schreiber, M.P. Distinguished Welsh scholar, published the Mabinogion (1838-49). Donations to the BM included her collections of fans (1891) and games (1893); in 1895 bequeathed her collection of playing cards. Her manuscript catalogues of her playing card and fan collections are in P&D library (shelf P2).
Posthumous sales: Sotheby's, 20.iv.1896 (part of her library); 1-2.v.1896 (duplicate playing cards); Puttick & Simpson, 21.iii.1904 (porcelain).
In 1884, gave nearly 12,000 pieces of English, continental and Chinese porcelain to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The collection was the creation of Lady Schreiber, rather than her husband. The Schreibers were acquainted with A. W. Franks, who advised Lady Charlotte on compiling the catalogue of the collection and recommended it should be given to the V&A. Lady Charlotte kept diaries of her travels and purchases.
Her son, Montague Guest, was also a donor to the BM; her daughter, Enid Guest, married Sir Austen Henry Layard (qq.v.). In 1911 Montague Guest published "Lady Charlotte Schreiber's Journals" dealing with her collecting 1869-85.
- L. Cust, Catalogue of the collection of fans and fan-leaves presented to the British Museum by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, 1893
F. O'Donoghue, Catalogue of the collection of playing cards bequeathed to the British Museum by Lady Charlotte Schreiber, 1901
R. Davids and D. Jellinek, "PROVENANCE: Collectors, Dealers and Scholars: Chinese Ceramics in Britain and America", 2011, pp. 393-4
Stacey Pierson,"Collectors, Collections and Museum: The Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960", 2007, pp. 78-9.