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G. Cramer Oude Kunst gallery records, 1873-1998, bulk 1938-1998

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G. Cramer Oude Kunst Gallery Records
Series I. Correspondence, 1936-1998 144.7 Linear Feet (347 boxes)
Series I.G. 1990-1998 29.61 Linear Feet (71 boxes)
During the 1990s, private art collectors continue to be the core of the clientele, including numerous new clients from Europe and the United States. Especially frequent and extensive is the correspondence with the Dutch art collectors Theo Bakker, Jacobus Hendrikus Bakker, Chris van Eeghen, K. W. D. Gratama, and Hans Hagemann; the German art collectors Diethelm Doll, Rudolf August Oetker, and Albert Weidenbush; the Swiss art collector Baron H. H. Thyssen-Bornemisza; and the art collectors in Spain Herbert Schaefer and Manuel de Villegas y Urzáiz. Among the art collectors from United States the most frequent and extensive is the correspondence with Alfred Bader in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Among the numerous new clients are the art collectors Peter and Hilde Alexander in Vienna and Willem Arntz in Wassenaar in the Netherlands. There is also a frequent exchange with the legal firm Russel Advocaten in The Hague. In 1998 Hans Max Cramer writes to the Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, William H. Gates. The letters concern the sale of a private residence and art collection in Switzerland.
Cramer also maintains contacts with other art dealers, especially with the Old Master dealer John Hoogsteder (Galerie Hoogsteder) in The Hague and the art gallery Kunsthaus Bühler in Stuttgart (filed under Kurt and Gabriele Zimmermann). Generally, in comparison with the previous decades, his business contacts with other art dealers seem decreased. Instead, Cramer corresponds with auction houses, predominantly with the Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, Germany.
Several American art museums continue to be clients of the Oude Kunst gallery; among others the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California (correspondence with John Walsh); the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC.; and the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California. In Europe, the most frequent correspondence is with Horst Vey, art historian and director of Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe.
Besides letters, the 1990s correspondence also includes a large number of short handwritten notes stating the name of the client who called or visited the gallery, usually with date and time, and a short summary about the nature of the inquiry.
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by year and within each year by month and within each month alphabetically by name of correspondent. Occasionally, unfiled letters and printed matter are kept in the first or the last folder of a monthly sequence.
Museums and other institutions are filed under the name of the city, in which they are located. Museums and other institutions in Austria are filed under the letter O for Österreich. Museums and other institutions in The Hague are filed under D for Den Haag oder under H for Haag. Art galleries are filed under the name of the gallery
Box
273-284 1990
Box
285-294 1991
Correspondence from June 1991 (box 290) also includes accounts for the same time period.
1992
Box 307 contains correspondence and printed matter concerning proposed EU regulations for the art trade.
Box
295-307 Correspondence
Correspondence from July 1992 (box 301) includes C.I.N.O.A. material.
Box Folder
931 24 Color Polaroids from Walter Irell
Box
308-318 1993
Box 310 contains the 1993 annual report of the Vereeniging van Handelaren in Oude Kunst in Nederland. Box 316, folder 18 contains the 1993 annual report of the Parisbas Bank.
1994
Box
853-861 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 25 Color slides from Greta Alsberg
Pulled from box 857, folder 1.
Box
873-880 1995
Letters and documents from 1995 concerning Banque Finindus and the Robeco Groep, and a list of clients, are filed in Box 874.
Box
891-895 1996
Box
903-910 1997
1998
Box
922-925 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 26 Color photographs from W. F. Dutilh
Pulled from box 922, folder 6.


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