Lot 405: Liszt (Franz, 1811-1886)



2015-09-09 13:53:48

Lot 405: Liszt (Franz, 1811-1886). Signed contract 'Franz Liszt', Weimar, 4 January 1858, being a solicitor's contact concerning the dowry of Liszt's daughter Blandine, written in German, Liszt guaranteeing to Blandine 100,000 francs, to be held by her alone (separately from any shared marital assets), beginning on 1 January and lasting until her death, Blandine to receive the interest on 60,000 francs, the capital itself to be transferred to her only upon Liszt's death, additionally signed by Blandine Rachel Ollivier [1835-1862] and her husband Olivier Emile Ollivier, 7 pp., various seals, stamps and official signatures, etc., a little soiling and some slight splitting to folds, slim folio, plus three contemporary Ollivier family documents and a postcard-size photograph of Liszt and his pupils . The contract is referred to in the footnotes to Letter 73 of 'Franz Liszt and Agnes Street-Klindworth: A Correspondence 1854-1886' by Pauline Pocknell and Michael Saffle (2000). This further notes that Emile Ollivier (1825-1913), husband of Blandine, inherited the 60,000 francs after Liszt's death through Princess Wittgenstein and Rothschild. Ollivier himself became Prime Minister of France, a post held briefly from December 1869 to August 1870. (5) Dominic Winter's Printed Books and Maps Auction September 2015 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: £500-800
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