Liechtenstein (Biographical details)

Liechtenstein (German)

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Generic term used for any works that come from the family collection of the Austrian Princes Liechtenstein, formed in the late XVIII/ early XIXc. Prints were laid down on a typical thick card backing sheet with burnished verso and kept in a series of large portfolios. The collection was dispersed after WWII. Most of it was sold in tranches to Colnaghi; in order to get the foreign exchange needed to buy the prints Colnaghi passed the most valuable items to Richard Zinser who then sold them in the USA for dollars. A residue of c.10,000 sheets was purchased by the Frankfurt dealer Helmut Rumbler in 1982.
A.E.Popham acquired a large number of Liechtenstein prints for the BM in various groups from Colnaghi in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The chief groups were:
1949,0709.9 to 264 (see Popham's report of 30 June 1949)
1949,1008.52 to 424
1950,0211.21 to 228
1950,0401.9 to 113
1950,0520.391 to 457
1950,1111.62 to 118 (see Popham's report 1 November 1950)
1951,0407.14 to 151
1951,0714.74 to 323
1951,1006.1 to 42 (for complete list and prices see Trustee report of 18 August 1951)
1952,0405.18 to 245 (for complete list of prices and original portfolio numbers, see Trustee Report)
1953,0214.7 to 295
For Popham's procedure and the history of the acquisition, see his reports to the Trustees dated 1 November 1950, 25 April 1951, 18 August 1951 and 26 March 1952.


N. Stogdon, 'A descriptive catalogue of the etchings by Rembrandt in a private collection, Switzerland', s.l., 2011, p.365.