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Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles.

Available at Special Collections  STORAGE - PHOTO ARCHIVE - CONTACT REFERRENCE  (93.P.1 ) and other locations()

  • Title:
    Laemmle Gallery photographs documenting the Laemmle art business, Munich and Los Angeles.
  • Creation Date: 1894-1993
  • Arrangement: Organized in three 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.
  • Physical Desc.: 17 linear feet (43 boxes)..
  • Summary: 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. 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. Laemmle's business ranked with those of the most prominent dealers in Germany and the images document 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.
    When the Munich shop and contents were appropriated by the German government in 1938, Laemmle moved his business to Los Angeles where his son Walter became a partner. The small number of images that record the activity of the Los Angeles shop show that the items sold there did not compare in quality with those handled in Munich.
    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 with Walter Laemmle, made on May 17, 1993, with his business associate Roger-F. Bettlé, and Myra Orth and Frances Terpak of the Getty Research Institute.
  • Cumulative Index/Finding Aid: Finding aid available; box level control.
  • Notes: The majority of the glass negatives measure 18 x 13 cm.
  • Form/Genre: Black-and-white prints (photographs)
    Black-and-white slides
    Clippings (information artifacts)
    Audio cassettes
    Oral histories (document genres)
  • Subjects: Laemmle, Siegfried -- Photograph collections Laemmle, Walter -- Photograph collections Laemmle family Riemenschneider, Tilman, -1531 Art dealers -- Germany -- Munich Art dealers -- California -- Los Angeles Art -- Germany -- Munich -- Marketing Sculpture, Medieval Sculpture, Renaissance
  • Contributors: Laemmle, Siegfried. Laemmle, Walter.
  • ID/Accession Number: 1380-830
  • Access/Rights: Open for use by qualified researchers, except for audiocassette in box 33 which needs reformatting.
    Photographs and permission to publish must be obtained from copyright holder(s).
  • OCLC Record Number: 78906712
  • Source: GRI Library Catalog

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