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Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles, 1894-1993

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Title: Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles
Dates: 1894-1993
Number: 93.P.1
Creator/Collector: Laemmle Gallery
Extent: 17 Linear Feet (43 boxes)
Abstract: This collection of glass negatives, photographs, and tearsheets was assembled by art dealers Siegfried and Walter Laemmle in the course of pursuing business in Munich and Los Angeles and represents the remaining records of their business.
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Language: Collection material is in English
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
reference@getty.edu
URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
(310) 440-7390
Author: Christi Richardson and Ted Walbye.

Biographical / Historical Note

Siegfried Laemmle was an art dealer in Munich for over 40 years. Walter Laemmle and family continued to deal in decorative arts and furniture when the family immigrated to Los Angeles during World War II.


Scope and Content of Collection

This collection of glass negatives, photographs, and tearsheets was assembled by art dealers Siegfried and Walter Laemmle in the course of pursuing business in Munich and Los Angeles and represents the remaining records of their business.

Almost all of the glass negatives and many of the prints record objects that passed through Siegfried Laemmle's Munich shops (first on Karlstrasse, later on Lenbachplatz and Briennerstrasse) over a 40-year period. These images are the only remaining documents of Laemmle's business in the art market in Germany before World War II. Most of the works depicted are late medieval and early Renaissance sculptures, including several by Tilman Riemenschneider. There are also several interior views of the Munich shops showing art objects offered for sale. Tearsheets from books and journals and commercial photographic prints constitute a picture reference collection.

Approximately one-fifth of the glass negatives and a few of the prints are personal images, depicting Laemmle family members and groups. The collection also contains a recorded interview made on May 17, 1993 with Walter Laemmle and his business associate Roger-F. Bettlé, and Myra Orth and Frances Terpak of the Getty Research Institute. The digitized version is available online. Connect to digitized audio recording. Access is available on-site only.

Arrangement note

Arranged in 3 series:
Series I. Glass negatives, circa 1894-1990;
Series II. Photographs of sculpture and decorative arts, and family, circa 1894-1993;
Series III. Photographs and clippings of paintings, drawings, prints, circa 1894-1990


Restrictions

Access

Open for use by qualified researchers.

Publication Rights

Contact Library Reproductions and Permissions.


Indexing Terms

Subjects - Topics

Art -- Germany -- Munich -- Marketing
Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles
Art dealers -- Germany -- Munich
Sculpture, Medieval
Sculpture, Renaissance

Genres and Forms of Material

Audiocassettes
Black-and-white glass slides
Black-and-white prints (photographs)
Clippings (information artifacts)
Interviews
Oral histories (document genres)

Contributors

Laemmle Gallery
Laemmle, Siegfried
Laemmle, Walter
Riemenschneider, Tilman

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lammmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles, 1894-1993, Research Library, The Getty Research Institute, Accession no. 93.P.1

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa93p1

Acquisition Information

Acquired in 1993.

Processing History

Processed by Christi Richardson and Ted Walbye, 1997.


Container List

Series I. Glass negatives, ca. 1894-1990 ca. 650 items
Subjects depicted are primarily the objects handled by the family dealership: sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts. Includes circa 135 family images and images of the interior of the gallery in Munich.
box
1 Personal images: family 17 items
3 x 5 glass negatives.
box
2 Decorative arts 21 items
Ceramic and glassware, clocks, frames, jewelry, metalwork, scientific instruments, tools, sculpture, paintings. 3x5 glass negatives.
box
3 Paintings and sculpture 21 items
5x7 glass plates.
box
4 Sculpture 21 items
Animals and architectural decorations. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
5 Sculpture 20 items
Architectural decorations. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
6 Sculpture 21 items
Images of Christ and sculptures of the Virgin Mary. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
7 Sculpture 22 items
Sculptures of the Virgin Mary. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
8 Sculpture 21 items
Putti and reliefs. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
9 Sculpture 21 items
Reliefs and religious narratives. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
10 Sculpture 21 items
Religious narratives, saints and ecclesiastical figures. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
11-13 Sculpture 63 items
Saints and ecclesiastical figures. 5x7 glass negatives, 21 per box.
box
14 Sculpture 20 items
Saints and ecclesiastical figures and secular figures 5x7 glass negatives.
box
15 Sculpture 8 items
Secular figures. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
16 Decorative arts 20 items
Calendars, ceramics and glassware. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
17 Decorative arts 21 items
Ceramics and glassware. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
18 Decorative arts 21 items
Ceramics and glassware. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
19 Decorative arts 21 items
Ceramics and glassware, clocks, frames. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
20 Decorative arts 21 items
Furniture. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
21 Decorative arts 21 items
Furniture, gameboards, jewelry, lamps, candlesticks, metal objects. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
22 Decorative arts 22 items
Metal objects and miscellaneous. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
23 Decorative arts 8 items
Textiles, carpets, needlework, tools. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
24 Decorative arts 26 items
Musical and scientific instruments, textiles. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
25 Decorative arts and personal images 25 items
Ceramics and glassware, clocks, frames, furniture, metal, gallery interiors, scientific instruments, watches. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
26 Paintings and Sculpture 29 items
Altarpieces, animals, architectural decorations, images of the Virgin, reliefs, religious narratives, putti, saints and ecclesiastical figures. 5x7 glass negatives and b/w acetate negatives and transparencies.
box
27 Personal images 21 items
Family images, and gallery interior. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
28-32 Personal images: family 97 images
Family. 5x7 glass negatives.
box
42-43 Original housing for glass plate negatives
Series II. Photographs of sculpture and decorative arts, and family, ca. 1894-1993 4 box(es)
Photographs of sculpture and decorative objects handled by the gallery. Also includes family photographs.
box
33 Sculpture
Altarpieces, animals, architectural decorations, works by Donatello, images of Christ, sculptures of the Virgin, nativity scenes, putti, reliefs.
box
34 Sculpture
Religious narratives, saints and ecclesiastical figures, and secular figures.
box
35 Decorative arts
Ceramic and glassware, clocks, decorative paintings and drawings, frames, furniture.
box
36 Decorative arts and personal images
Ivory, jewelry, lamps, candlesticks, metal, misc., musical and scientific instruments, textiles, carpets, costumes, tools, watches, and family photographs.
Series III. Photographs and clippings of paintings, drawings, prints, ca. 1894-1990 5 box(es)
Photographs and printed materials documenting Northern Schools, French, and Italian artists. These images were collected by the gallery and used for research. Arranged in alphabetical order by artist. Included in this series is a recorded interview with Walter Laemmle, conducted by Getty Research Institute staff in May 1993.
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37 Unidentified
37 Antonello da Messina
37 Altdorfer, Albrecht
37 Amburger, Ch.
37 Baldung Grien, Hans
37 Bartolomeo di Giovanni
37 Bellini, Giovanni
37 Botticelli
37 Bronzino
37 Burgkmair, Hans
37 Clerck (II), Hendrik de
37 Corot, Camille
37 Correggio
box
38 Cranach (the Elder), Lucas
38 Colonna, Stefano
38 Crivelli, Carlo
38 Cortona, Pietro da
38 De Vos, Cornelis
38 Dolci, Carlo
38 Domenichino
38 Dou, Gerrit
38 Dufy, Raoul
38 Dujardin, Karel
38 Dumonstier, Daniel
38 Dürer, Albrecht
38 Fra Bartolomeo
38 Flötner, Peter
38 Flindt (the Younger), Paul
38 Giorgione
38 Hopfer, Hieronymous
38 Master of the St. Bartholomew Altarpiece
38 Piero di Cosimo
38 Pollaiuolo, Antonio
38 Raffaellino del Garbo
38 Robbia, Luca della
38 Schöngauer, Martin
38 Sebastiano del Piombo
38 Signorelli
38 Solis, Virgil
38 Stimmer, Tobias
38 Van Dyck, Anthony
38 Van Eyck, Jan and Hubert
box
39 Fabritius, Carel
39 Feuerbach, Anselm
39 Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
39 Gozzoli, Benozzo
39 Guercino
39 Hanneman, Adriaen
39 Herlin, Friedrich
39 Holbein (the Younger), Hans
39 Hopfer, Daniel
39 Jamnitzer, Hans
39 Keyser, Thomas de
39 Leibl, Wilhelm
39 Lenbach, Franz von
39 Leyden, Lucas van
39 Lippi, Fra Filippo
39 Mantegna, Andrea
39 Pacchiarotti, Giacomo
39 Palma il Vecchio
box
40 Flemish School
40 Maratta, Carlo
40 Marziale, Marco
40 Massys, Quentin
40 Master of the Dortmund Altarpiece
40 Master of the Holy Kinship
40 Master Wilhelm
40 Meckenem, Israhel van
40 Memling, Hans
40 Michau, Theobald
40 Michelangelo
40 Moretto
40 Moreelse, Paulus
40 Netherlandish Master
40 Pinturicchio, Bernardino
40 Pisano, Andrea
40 Pisano, Giovanni
40 Pisano, Niccola
40 Potter, Paulus
40 Pourbus, Frans
40 Raphael
40 Rembrandt
40 Reni, Guido
box
41 Ruisdael, Salomon van
41 Schäufelein, Hans
41 Sodoma
41 Solimena, Francesco
41 Strigel, Bernhard
41 Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista
41 Tishbein, Johann
41 Titan
41 Velasquez
41 Vasari, Giorgio
41 Veronese
41 Vivarini, Luigi
41 Vollerdt
41 Vries, Hans Vredeman
41 Waldmüller, Ferdinand Georg
41 Weyden, Rogier van der
41 Wet, Jacob
41 Wechter, Georg
41 Zan, Berhard
41 Zuccari, Federico
box
44 Interview with Walter Laemmle, 1993 May 17 1 sound cassette : analog ; 2 x 1 in
Interview with Walter Laemmle (digital version available on-site only): 1993 May 17

Interview conducted at the Getty Research Institute by curators, Francis Terpak and Myra Orth, with Roger-F. Bettlé (Walter Laemmle's business partner) present.