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Duits Ltd. records, 1920-1979.

Duits Ltd. (Gallery : London, England)

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  • Title:
    Duits Ltd. records, 1920-1979.
  • Author/Creator: Duits Ltd. (Gallery : London, England)
  • Creation Date: 1920-1979.
  • Biographical/Historical Note: London art gallery dealing in Old Master paintings. The firm started as a general dealer in art and antiques in Dordrecht in 1836 before moving to Amsterdam in 1875. In 1920 Charles Duits opened a gallery in London where he was joined by his brother William Henry and both his son, Clifford and grandson Graham. After 1920 the Duits concentrated on Old Masters, with a special interest in Dutch and Flemish works, many originally handled in association with their Amsterdam gallery (which closed in 1938). The London gallery closed in 1985.
  • Arrangement: Organized in 4 series: Series I. Accounting records, 1924-1971; Series II. Stock and sales records, 1920-1978; Series III. Miscellaneous records, ca. 1940-1979; Series IV. Charles E. Duits collection, ca. 1950-1977.
  • Physical Desc.: 26 lin. ft. (69 boxes)..
  • Summary: These papers (which represent a comprehensive set of sales and basic accounting records from 1924) were received from the London gallery upon closing business in 1985. Together the stock and sales records, which include two books regarding antiques (1920-1937), provide detailed provenance information, sales history, photographs and some expertise, on nearly all works handled by the firm. Included are miscellaneous records (ca. 1940-1979) with correspondence and notes on Holbein, El Greco and other expertises, and records relating to the estates of Borthwick-Norton and du Vere Clinton and the Charles E. Duits collection (ca. 1937-1977).
    Series I. Accounting records, 1924-1971: Series includes General ledgers/activity, 1924-1935; General ledgers/account, 1931-1949; 1957-1971 (with gaps); Annual financial statements, 1949-1960; Journals and journal entries, 1938-1967; Memoranda of daily transactions, 1931-1967; Miscellaneous cashbooks and accounting work papers, 1948-1967.
    Series II. Stock and sales records, 1920-1978: Series includes stock and sales ledgers: clients and consignors, 1926-1966 (with gaps). Twelve volumes of "stockbooks," "combination ledgers," and "approvals," including receipts for work sent or received on consignment (1927-1948, 1960-1966), a full record of painting sales by client (1927-1949, 1954-1968), a record of antique sales (1921-1937), and a log of sales information on Dutch old master paintings (1937-1978); Stock and sales index: works of art, ca. 1920-1976. Alphabetical card file, arranged by artist, of notes on works in stock, on approval, or sold, with reference to sale price, and stock number used in other records. With three short miscellaneous card files, apparently recording unnumbered stock; Photographs of stock. Twenty-four albums of mounted black and white photographs of works of art handled, most with stock numbers referring to other records. Correspondence and notes: expertises, ca. 1950-1971. Notes, photographs, accounts of provenance and expertise on works attributed to Holbein (Portrait of an Unknown Lady), Rubens (equestrian portrait of Philip II of Spain), and El Greco (Last Supper). With a short note on Albert Cuyp.
    Series III. Miscellaneous records, ca. 1940-1979: Series includes General correspondence and accounts, 1959-1979. With clients, dealers, auction houses, and The Society of London Art Dealers. Correspondence relating to the estates of H. F. P. Borthwick-Norton and H. T. de Vere Clifton, 1948-1954. With probate inventories of their collections; Office diaries, 1968-1972. Brief notes of engagements and activities; Legal papers, 1968-1978, primarily relating to real property. Miscellaneous catalogs and indexes. Library and photograph lists; lists of dealers, experts, collectors and clients, including original notes on the location of works of art in private collections.
    Series IV. Charles E. Duits Collection, ca. 1950-1977: Series includes Probate inventory and catalog of drawings, ca. 1950-1977. Annotated exhibition catalog Dutch Pictures 1450-1750, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1952-1953, questioning attribution of certain works.
  • Language: English
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid available in the repository; box level control.
  • Notes: Mss. (holographs, typescripts); photographs; some printed matter.
    The photographs from the Duits Ltd. collection that complement the archival research files are interfiled in the repository's Photo Study Collection.
  • Form/Genre: Photographic prints
  • Subjects: Borthwick-Norton, H. F. P Clifton, Harry Talbot de Vere, 1907- Cuyp, Aelbert, 1620-1691 Holbein, Hans, 1497-1543 Rubens, Peter Paul, 1577-1640 Greco, 1541?-1614 Painting, Dutch Painting, Flemish Painting, European Antiques Art dealers -- Great Britain Art dealers -- Netherlands Painting -- Expertising Art -- Private collections
  • Contributors: Duits, Graham, 1935- Duits, Charles.
  • Collection: Duits Collection
    Conservation collection (Getty Research Institute)
  • Collection Note: Duits Collection
  • ID/Accession Number: 86-A815
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers.
  • OCLC Record Number: 79696400
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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