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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.F. 1980-1989 40.45 Linear Feet (97 boxes)
During the 1980s, private art collectors are the core of the clientele. Most of Hans Max Cramer's correspondents are private art collectors in Europe and United States, including many with whom a business relationship had already been established in the 1960s and 1970s. His correspondence with other art dealers seems decreased. Instead, Cramer corresponds more frequently with international auction houses such as Sotheby's, Christie's or the Kunsthaus Lempertz in Cologne, Germany.
Correspondence continues with the Dutch art collectors Th. Bakker, Chris van Eeghen, E. ten Cate; K. W. D. Gratama, Hans Hagemann, and J. L. W. Sillevis Smitt. The 1988 correspondence with the Dutch industrialist and art collector Hans Hagemann includes a substantial exchange with John Walsh at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California. The Hagemann correspondence is filed under Hagemann as well as under Malibu.
Among the German art collectors are Diethelm Doll in Bad Godesberg, the enterpreneur Rudolf August Oetker, Herbert Schaefer, the merchant and publisher in Bremen Carl Schünemann Jr., Hans-Günther Soll in Düsseldorf-Gerresheim, and Albert Weidenbusch in Solingen.
Correspondence also continues with the Swiss art collector Baron Hans Heinrich Thyssen-Bornemisza in Castagnola, Switzerland; and with the Spanish art collector Manuel de Villegas y Urzáiz in Bad Godesberg, Germany and in Madrid, Spain.
Among the art collectors in the United States Cramer continues to correspond with Edward William Carter in Los Angeles (occasionally filed under Los Angeles) and John Lowenthal in New York. New is his correspondence with the Barbara Piasecka-Johnson Collection in Princeton, New Jersey (filed under Johnson); Frits Markus in New York; Baronne Gabriella Bentinck in Paris, France; and the architect and art collector Tino Walz in Munich.
During the 1980s Cramer also continues to correspond with and sell artworks to several museums in Europe and United States with whom he already established a business relationship during the 1960s and the 1970s; but the most frequent correspondence is with J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California; Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, California; Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; Toledo Museum of Art in Toledo, Ohio; and Staatsgalerie Stuttgart in Stuttgart, Germany. New is the correspondence with the Art Gallery of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada (filed under Windsor).
Among the art dealers the correspondence continues especially with S. Nystad in The Hague. New is the correspondence with the Kunsthaus Bühler in Stuttgart (filed under Kurt and Gabriele Zimmermann); and Maria-Christina zu Sayn-Wittgenstein at Sayn-Wittgenstein Fine Art Inc. in New York.
Correspondence also continues with Ben and Margot Snyder at the Cranbrook School in Bloomfield, Michigan; and with the Rembrandt scholar Werner Sumowski. New is the correspondence with the art historian and director of Staatliche Kunsthalle Karlsruhe Horst Vey; and with Cramer's lawyer Egon Trockel in Essen.
Besides letters, the 1980s correspondence increasingly includes 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.
The correspondence from 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1986 includes letters sent and notes concerning organizing the exhibition Holland in Engadin, which was curated by Hans M. Cramer and John Hoogsteder and held at the museum Chesa Planta [Plantahaus] in Zuoz, Switzerland. The letters are filed in folders labelled Zuoz exhibition.
Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by year and within each year by month and within each month alphabetically by name of correspondent. Occasionally, notes, letters and printed matter, such as press clippings, 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.
1980
Box
176-184 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 10 Color Polaroids from Veronica Freifrau von Hammerstein
Pulled from box 179, folder 9.
1981
Included is a list of phone calls from January 1981 (box 185, folder 1).
Box
185-192 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 11 Color photograph from Langlois-Kennedy
Pulled from box 185, folder 11.
931 12 Color Polaroid from F.W. Rutten
Pulled from box 187, folder 18.
Box
193 1981-1982
Correspondence concerning paintings from the exhibition Terugzien in bewondering wat verzamelaars kozen of paintings sold by the art dealers Cramer, Hoogsteder and Nystad based in The Hague. The exhibition was held from February 19 to March 9, 1982 at the Mauritshuis in The Hague. Also included are drafts for text contributions to the exhibition catalog and other papers related to the catalog.
1982
Correspondence from December 1982 includes some correspondence from January 1983.
Box
194-202 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 13 Color photographs from J. Wissink
931 14 Color photograph from Horst Vey
Pulled from box 197, folder 12.
1983
Letters sent and notes concerning the exhibition Holland in Engadin are filed in box 210, folder 21.
Box
203-210 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 15 Color photograph from Oskar Volkmann
Pulled from box 209, folder 19.
1984
Letters sent and notes concerning the exhibition Holland in Engadin are filed in box 211, folders 23-25.
Box
211-220 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 16 Color photograph from Alwin Kaufmann
Pulled from box 215, folder 11.
931 17 Color photograph sent to Myron Laskin at the J. Paul Getty Museum
Pulled from box 217, folder 12.
931 18 Color photographs and color slides from Charles E. March
Pulled from box 219, folder 11.
Box
221-233 1985
Letters sent and notes concerning the exhibition Holland in Engadin are filed in box 233.
1986
Letters sent and notes concerning the exhibition Holland in Engadin are filed in box 234.
Box
234-243 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 19 Color photograph from Frederic de Hoffmann at the Salk Institute
Pulled from box 238, folder 7.
1987
Box
244-252 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 20 Color transparencies from Geneviève Rits
Pulled from box 246, folder 15.
931 21 Color polaroids from Galerie Hoogsteder
Twelve color polaroids. Pulled from box 250, folder 9.
1988
Box
253-261 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 22 Color photograph and greeting card from Antiquitat zum Kaiser
Pulled from box 261, folder 4.
1989
Box
262-272 Correspondence
Box Folder
931 23 Letter and color photograph from Pardede-van Boetzelaer
Pulled from box 262, folder 13.


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