Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers
MS.9

Summary Information

Repository
Archives and Manuscripts Collections
Creator
Wurtzburger, Alan, 1900-1963
Creator
Wurtzburger, Janet, 1908-1973
Title
Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers
ID
MS.9
Date [inclusive]
1955-1969
Extent
0.6 Linear feet ; 2 boxes
Language
English
Language of Materials
Most of the material is in English. A few items are in French, German and Italian. In some cases, translations are included.
Abstract
The Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers contain the correspondence and art collection related papers of Baltimore collectors Alan and Janet Wurtzburger.

Preferred Citation

Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art.

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Biographical Information

Janet E. C. Wurtzburger, Jan. 29th, 1908 – Dec. 1973. Born Janet E. Cohn in Cleveland, Ohio. She was on the Board of Trustees at the Baltimore Museum of Art, Walters Art Gallery, Maryland Institute College of Art, and American Academy in Rome. Also interested in cooking, she edited the cookbook, Private Collections: A Culinary Treasure, and worked with James Beard. She was killed in car accident in Jamaica shortly after the book was published.

Alan Wurtzburger, April 22nd, 1900 – Feb. 20, 1963. Served on Board of Trustees at the BMA from 1955 to 1962. Worked in commercial real estate.

The Wurtzburgers lived in Stevenson, Maryland on a large estate called Timberlane. The gardens of Timberlane were designed by landscape architects James Rose and Thomas Church and were home to a large collection of contemporary sculpture prior its turnover to the BMA for the Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden.

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Scope and Contents

The Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers contain the correspondence and art collection related papers of Baltimore collectors Alan and Janet Wurtzburger. Contains almost exclusively material related to the Wurtzburgers acquisition and loan of works from their collection of modern sculpture. After collecting and donating their collections of African, Pre-Columbian and Oceanic art to the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Wurtzburgers began working with Director Adelyn Breeskin and Curator Gertrude Rosenthal to build a collection of contemporary sculpture suitable for a garden that would also eventually go to the museum.

The material in the Wurtzburger Papers relates mostly to the details of purchase of sculptures, their shipping to the U.S., and exhibition in various museums.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Archives and Manuscripts Collections 1/18/2007

10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, MD, 21032
(443) 573-1778
BMAlibrary@artbma.org

Restrictions on Access

The collection is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

The Alan and Janet Wurtzburger Papers are the physical property of the Archives and Manuscripts Collections, Baltimore Museum of Art. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult a Library staff member.

Provenance

Gift of Janet Wurtzburger, date unknown.

Processing Information

Reprocessed and rehoused by Emily Rafferty in 2007.

Existence and Location of Copies

None.

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Related Materials

Location of Associated Material

  1. Barbara Young Papers, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art
  2. Photograph Collection, Building and Grounds Photographs, Wurtzburger Sculpture Garden, Archives and Manuscripts Collections, The Baltimore Museum of Art

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Art -- Collectors and collecting -- Maryland -- Baltimore
  • Baltimore Museum of Art
  • Outdoor sculpture -- United States
  • Sculpture

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Bibliography

The lives and art collections of the Wurtzburgers have been further documented in the following publications:

Fernstrom, Katharine W. “The Alan Wurtzburger Oceanic Collection of The Baltimore Museum of Art.”  Pacific Arts. P. 88-96.

The Alan Wurtzburger Collection of African Sculpture. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1954.

The Alan Wurtzburger Collection of Oceanic Art. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1956.

The Alan Wurtzburger Collection of Pre-Columbian Art. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 1958.

Rose, James C.  Modern American Gardens – Designed by James Rose. New York: Reinhold, 1967. Pages 26 – 43 illustrate the Wurtzburgers’ gardens.

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Collection Inventory

Artist Files   0.5 Linear feet ; 1.2 boxes

Scope and Contents

Series 1, Artist Files, contains correspondence and shipping documents relating to the commission and purchase of works of art for the Wurtzburgers’ collection.

Alexander Archipenko 

 1958 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene Pandelaers/Kunsthistorische Musea, Middelheim to Mr. Wurtzburger. Mentions a new small alabaster of Archipenko’s added to collection.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1961 Jan 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Klaus G. Perls/Perls Galleries, NY to Mr. Alan Wurtzburger. Standing figure of 1920 on pp. 179-180 of Archipenko’s book. Original plaster in France; the possibility of shipping and recasting in America. Complex shape necessitates casting in several parts, reassembling. Archipenko willing to supervise only upon firm commitment. Total price: $11,500.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel, Director of Exhibitions: Philadelphia State U. to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Will make one more visit to measure works they have agreed to lend for Feb. 1966 exhibition. Asks to check artists’ names, dates, etc. on enclosed list; requests photographs for PR. Has been in touch with Frank Titelman of Altoona to supplement exhibition with Giacommetti and others.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel, Director of Exhibitions: Philadelphia State U. to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Lists pieces Titelman has agreed to loan; will be down to measure pieces, especially Moores which he intends to exhibit separately. Will bring slides of Wurtzburger works from Cubism exhibition.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Letter/Form from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger. In case first list has been lost, enclosing copy of list of artists and pieces in exhibition, please provide missing information.

 1965 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Loan form from National Collection of Fine Art/Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Loan request for Torso for the exhibition, Roots of Abstract Art in America, 1910-1930: December 1, 1965-January 9, 1966.

 1965 Nov 5 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Loan receipt from National Collection of Fine Art/Washington, D.C. to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Loan# S.L.1965.13.6 received in good condition by Registrar Marjorie S. Zapruder for Roots of Abstract Art exhibition.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 1

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry. Catalogue listing of Torso in Pennsylvania State University exhibition catalogue.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original catalogue in Publicity Series.

Kenneth Armitage 

 1957 May 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger. Have spoken to Armitage and he will send photos and price of the work you saw in the foundry.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Andre Susse. Subject: Appreciates Susse Frères speaking to Armitage on his behalf.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1961 Jan 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Bo Boustedt, Sweden to Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Is sending a catalogue of works including those of Armitage from a joint exhibition with Chadwick and has indicated which works he thinks would suit Wurtzburger garden.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Chadwick file.

 1961 Jan 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 2

Scope and Contents

A checklist of Armitage pieces included in joint exhibition with Chadwick at the Arthall of Gothenburgh.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Chadwick file.

Hans Arp 

 1957 May 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from E. Harenshoff?/for Miss Hagenbach, Meudon to Mr. Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Confirming receipt of letter of April 25. Arp will do enlargement of bronze Torso for $4000. Due to Arp’s convalescence and time needed to perfect larger Torso before delivering to foundry, expect 6 months for completion.

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Arp. Subject: Formal request to proceed with Torso with light patina; confirming that price quoted in May 8 letter includes packing and shipping to Baltimore’s Custom House.

 1957 May 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Eva Harenshoff?/Secretary to Arp to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Due to Arp’s illness and the fact that foundries are closed for vacation July/August, impossible to determine definite delivery date for large Torso; expect 6 months. $4000 does not include packing and shipping, to be paid by buyer.

 1957 Jun 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Arp received last Saturday large plaster for Torso, will begin cast as soon as he has made his retouching.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Sep 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Mr. Jean Arp The subject of the letter is an inquiry into delivery for large bronze Torso.

 1957 Sep 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger The subject of the letter is Arp’s work will be shipped in October as promised.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Gonzalez file.

 1957 Oct 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from E. Harenshoff? to Mr. Wurtzburger In the letter, Arp suggests no patina for Torso, rather placing sculpture outdoors for natural patina. Arp departs Ascona for Basel October 15.

 1957 Oct 7 

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger. The letter states that Arp’s Torso is case, awaiting his return to France for his approval before shipping the bronze.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Oct 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Arp. Subject: Has received letter from Susse Frères, cast is ready to be shipped; awaiting Arp’s approval. When can he expect shipment from Paris?

 1957 Oct 30 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger The letter confirms that they are awaiting Arp’s return before shipping the Bronze cast of Torso.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Nov 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Georges Oden’Hal/Susse Frères. In the letter, Arp advises that he has one man take care of this shipping for him and perhaps the same man could oversee shipping of Richier.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Dec 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Eva Harenshoff?/Secretary to Arp to Alan Wurtzburger. The subject of the letter is the Torso is complete and to be shipped December 4. Send $1200 plus shipping (approximately $100) to Maurice Lefebvre-Foinet; $2800 to Jean Arp.

 1958 Jan 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: The sculpture Torso has been delivered to Arp’s forwarding agents with instructions for forwarding it to Baltimore.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1958 Jan 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

A shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore. Subject: Receipt for 2 cases bronzeware arrived January 16 on steamer American Reporter. Breakdown of shipping charges. Invoice #: 11097.

 1958 Jan 22 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Change Form/Insurance from Inland Marine Department. Subject: Addition to Fine Arts schedule of Torso, now item #102. New amount of policy: $52,110. Issued to Alan Wurtzburger by Henry A. Parr of Maury Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore.

 1958 Feb 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Marguerite Hagenbach Subject: Acknowledging receipt of sculpture in good condition. Museum of Modern Art should communicate with him when they desire piece for fall show.

 1958 Nov 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Galerie Springer/Berlin to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Indicates which pieces of Arp’s are available and where they are reproduced. In German.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Hartung file.

 1958 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rudolf Springer/Galerie Springer, Berlin. Subject: Already has Arp represented in his collection so is not interested in above mentioned pieces.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Hartung file.

 1964 Nov 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Eleanor P. Spencer to Madame Arp. Subject: Confirming phone conversation (on behalf of Mrs. Wurtzburger) concerning purchase of Arp’s Large Classical Sculpture. Just awarded Carnegie Award; for Wurtzburger garden/BMA. Urging Madame Arp to notify Carnegie people to reserve piece.

 1964 Nov 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Marguerite Arp to Miss Spencer. Subject: Notified Director at Carnegie Institute to communicate to JW that Arp is willing to sell a cast of Large Classical Sculpture. Another telegram request has just been received for same. If 1/3 is reserved by Carnegie, 2/3 will be reserved for JW and cast at same foundry in Paris, same price as original.

 [1964] Nov 12 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Mrs. Wurtzburger to Mr. Gibson. Letter confirming Gibson’s ordering of cast #2 for JW from Arp, to be delivered to Baltimore within 6 months. If Gibson does not buy cast he is exhibiting, to goes to JW adter scratch across top is repaired. Enclosing $15,000; additional $5000 paid upon receipt of sculpture.

 1964 Nov 16 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Thomas Gibson/Sales Rep 1964 Pittsburgh International to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Receipt of $15,000 confirmation from Arp that cast #2 of Large Classical Sculpture will go to JW. Cast complete spring 1965. Will contact re further shipping information of if Museum declines cast #1, which is doubtful.

 1964 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Thomas Gibson to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Relaying message from Mrs. Arp re cast 2/3: still at foundry; will be sent upon completion through Lerondelle to JW.

 1965 Apr 21 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from R. Lerondelle, Paris to Emily Roberts/Carnegie Institute. Subject: Confirmation of shipment from foundry of Rudier of Large Classical Sculpture via Samuel Shapiro & Sons per instructions of February 4 letter. Photocopy of original.

 1965 Jun 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore. Subject: Receipt of 1 cs. Bronze sculpture, arrived May 30, 1965 on steamer Egda. Breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from France: May 14, 1965. Invoice #: 65675.

 1965 Jun 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Gertrude Rosenthal/BMA to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Loan of sculpture for European painting and sculpture exhibition (6/6-9/26). Transfer of Large Classical Sculpture currently on loan to Johns Hopkins by July 1 to BMA; asks for statement of permission. Bronze returned to Timberlane after exhibition; insurance covered at the value of $25,000 for period of loan.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 3

Scope and Contents

Photo of Torso.

Ernst Barlach 

 1955 Mar 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vömel/Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: The price for Barlach’s Singing Man is $1250. Cannot justly hand over the piece until note is sent stating that AW will receive cost of transport. Then it will go to BMA. In German.

 1955 Apr 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vömel/Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf to Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Singing Man to go to BMA. Vömel will receive cost of transport in the case that AW undertakes insurance and arranges for transport; accounts settled upon receipt of bronze. In German.

 1955 Apr 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vömel/Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf to Alan Wurtzburger Subject: The company of Jonen, Dusseldorf has launched the Singing Man yesterday upon its route. In German.

 1955 Apr 15 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Bill of lading from Richard Boas and Co. Subject: 1 cs. Bronze sculpture shipped at Hamburg by C. J. Jonen of Dusseldorf for carriage via SS Havmann to Baltimore.

 1955 May 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Bureau of Customs form Subject: 1 cs. works of art (statue). Port of lading: Hamburg, April 15, 1955. Date imported: May 3, 1955 on SS Havmann; Port of Unlading: Baltimore. Breakdown of duty costs, etc.

 1955 May 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Declaration of owner Subject: Signed by AW attesting to ownership of 1 cs. shipped from Dusseldorf, entered value: $1248 (Singing Man).

 1955 May 12 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore. Subject: 1 cs. statue arrived via SS Havmann from Hamburg on May 3, 1955; declared value of $1248; invoice #: 69705.

 1955 May 16 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Transport invoice from Judson Sheldon Division National Carloading. Subject: Charges accrued for transporting 1 cs. bronze sculpture (Singing Man) from warehouse to BMA.

 1955 May 18 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Alex Vömel/Galerie Alex Vömel, Dusseldorf. Subject: Enclosing check to cover net cost of sculpture (Singing Man) after deducting charges for duty, brokerage expenses; shipping charges evidently paid by Vömel; should conclude transaction.

 1956 May 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Gertrude Rosenthal/BMA to Mr. Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Per discussion of pieces to be loaned to BMA for exhibition 4000 Years of Modern Art, neglected to discuss insurance values for the pieces which include Barlach bronze. $1800 written in ink beside mention of Barlach bronze.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Loan of Barlach bronze, among others, for February 1966 Exhibition.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Providing a list of pieces to be loaned for above-mentioned exhibition; please fill in the missing information regarding artists, dates, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Listing of pieces to be loaned from Frank Titelman of Altoona to supplement above-mentioned exhibition announces plans to come to Timberlane to measure pieces; will show slides of Wurtzburger pieces included in previous Cubism exhibition.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 4

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry Subject: Listing of Singing Man in catalogue of above-mentioned Pennsylvania State University exhibition.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity Series.

Leonard Baskin 

 1961 Jan 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Scope and Contents

Letter from Grace Borgenicht Brandt/Grace Borgenicht Gallery, NY to Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Baskin quotes price of $10,000 for large-scale bronze (casting costs are high); possibility of three purchase guarantee (2 to other museums) could result in 10% discount: $9000. Life-size wood sculpture Warrior sold to and on exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. Boymans Show confirmed for 1961, in New York for 1964.

 1961 Feb 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 5

Scope and Contents

Letter Grace Borgenicht Brandt/Grace Borgenicht Gallery, NY to Mr. Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Baskin in NY to discuss Boymans exhibition being organized by MoMA slated for 1964. Baskin will not photograph pieces in progress; photos will be provided upon completion. Will send photos of recent small bronzes from the foundry.

 1961 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 5

Scope and Contents

Photographs. 3 different angles of Man with Owl.

Max Bill 

 1965 Jul 20 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Max Bill to Mrs. Janet Wurtzburger. Subject: Unsure of the sculpture she inquires about; perhaps Endless Ribbon on view in musee d’art moderne in Paris; duplicate in granite available in Zurich; suggests a possible meeting in Zurich. Photocopy of original.

 1965 Oct 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Max Bill to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: JW bought Endless Loop in person in Zurich; invoice enclosed, of which copy has been sent to shipper; address of shipping company included for payment. Photocopy of original.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 6

Scope and Contents

Notes, the subjects of which are miscellaneous mentions of sculptures, galleries, prices, addresses, including Max Bill’s Endless Loop, all on Stadt Antwerpen Openluchtmuseum letterhead.

Emile Antoine Bourdelle 

 1960 Oct 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle to Alan Wurtzburger

The letter states price of bronze Head of Eloquence in francs; reduced price for BMA 800,000 old francs. Piece numbered and limited to 10. Cast #5 at Wallraf Richartz Museum, Koln; sending catalogue of Bourdelle exhibition.

 1960 Nov 12 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Head of Eloquence is shown outside at Musee Bourdelle, surprised AW finds too small for garden. Bourdelle sculpts for the outdoors. Sends catalogues of Bourdelle’s larger works.

 1962 Jun 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have determined price AW asked for on visit: Le Fruit will cost 90,000 new francs.

 1962 Jul 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Accept offer provided dollar is worth same on date of payment (not less than 73,500 new francs); packing, transport, insurance, duty to paid by AW; bronze can be taken directly from Nice after exhibition or upon return to Musee Bourdelle.

 1962 Jul 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Robinot, transporter in Nice will ship statue from there as cost is less than from Paris; Bourdelles will inspect bronze before shipment to Baltimore; price of 73,500 new francs to be paid in dollars; photo enclosed for customs; appreciate payment by time of receipt. Please keep reduced price confidential; expect receipt of object in September.

 1962 Jul 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle.

Subject: Appreciates personal inspection of bronze before shipping, payment upon receipt as is customary.

 1962 Jul 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rhodia Dufet Bourdelle to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Confirming perfect condition of Le Fruit in Nice (cast #5). Piece will depart Marseilles August 4 on SS Aase Nielsen.

 1962 Sep 20 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore.

Subject: Receipt of 1 cs. bronze sculpture, arrived September 20, 1962 on steamer Nando Fassio. Breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from France: August 26, 1962. Invoice #: 16647.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 7

Scope and Contents

Photograph of Le Fruit.

Constantin Brancusi 

 1958 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene Pandelaers/Kunsthistoriche Musea, Middelheim to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Issue of reproduction of an existing work by Brancusi must be settled by executors of his will. Lists recent acquisitions; mentions high prices of Brussels exhibition pieces; postponing acquisition of English/American sculpture until after 5th Biennial.

 1958 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers.

Subject: Asks to be kept abreast of proper time to contact executors of Brancusi’s will re sculpture. Lists his new acquisitions, discusses the Importance of Pevsner as major contemporary sculptor.

 1961 Jan 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 8

Scope and Contents

Letter from Michel Guino to the Wurtzburgers.

Subject: In regards to shipping his own work to US, Guino remembers some difficulty Brancusi had getting one of his works past the customs house in America.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Guino file.

Reg Butler 

 1956 May 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Gertrude Rosenthal/BMA to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Discusses upcoming loans for BMA exhibition and insurance rates; mentions photographs of Butler bronze which she thinks is exceptionally strong and beautiful.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Barlach file.

 1957 May 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have spoken to Butler and he states that work AW is interested in does not exist anymore; Hanover Gallery will send a list of works from which to choose.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Folder from Alan Wurtzburger to Andre Susse.

Subject: Appreciates receiving the information regarding Butler.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1958 Nov 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Galerie Springer, Berlin to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have Butler’s Girl to offer for 20.000 DM which is here in Europe in Handel. Will send photos. In German.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Hartung file.

 1958 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rudolf Springer.

Subject: Thanks Springer for effort, but Butler is already represented in his collection.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Hartung file.

 1960 Feb 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from The Hanover Gallery, London to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Figure in Space cast in bronze to Butler’s satisfaction, price:£1600. Asks that cast remain long enough to be included in June exhibition at gallery as second cast is in process and promised to Battersea Park.

 1960 Feb 23 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from The Hanover Gallery, London to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Disappointed that AW declining Figure in Space after the care that was taken to reach satisfactory conclusion; acknowledges that there was, however, no formal agreement made.

 1960 Mar 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Erica Brausen/Hanover Gallery. Subject: When Figure in Space discussed with Butler in summer 1958, Butler allowed AW first refusal; considering delays, problems with delivery and price, AW acquired other sculpture and Butler’s now impractical for his collection.

 1960 Sep 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from M. Greenwood/Hanover Gallery to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: New offer of Figure in Space for original pre-exhibition price of £1600 as opposed to £2000.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: Loan of 2 Butler works for February 1966 exhibition; announces plans to come to Timberlane to measure pieces. Requests publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Confirms that Frank Titelman of Altoona will loan pieces to augment those loaned by JW for above-mentioned exhibition.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Enclosing list of works to be included in above-mentioned exhibition; asks that missing information regarding artists dates, names of works etc. be supplied.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 9

Scope and Contents

Catalogue Entry Subject: Listing of two Butler pieces included in the above-mentioned Pennsylvania State University exhibition: Woman with Chemise and Portrait of the Third Watcher.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity Series.

Lynn Chadwick 

 1961 Jan 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 10

Scope and Contents

Letter from Bo Boustedt, Sweden to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Regarding Armitage/Chadwick exhibition he’s arranging for Scandinavia he has noted pieces which he thinks might suit AW garden and the policies regarding prices which will surely inflate once show reaches Arthall in Gothenburgh through 2/15.

 1961 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 10

Scope and Contents

Catalogue Subject: Publication for above-mentioned exhibition including Boustedt’s notes regarding Chadwick pieces particularly favorable to Wurtzburger garden.

 1961 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 10

Scope and Contents

Photographs

Subject: Chadwick pieces of special interest to AW: Teddyboy and Girl, Encounter, Boy and Girl, Encounter; corresponding prices listed on back of photos.

Louis Chavignier 

 1957 May 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Including photos of La Magicienne, the plaster model you saw at foundry by well-known young French sculptor Chavignier.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1957 Jun 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Perhaps works by Chavignier will be interesting to your museum later; he is already well-known, though young, and his works are in a Zurich private collection and Middelheim Museum in Antwerp.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1960 Oct 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 11

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Sending photos of the works you remarked about at the workshop; La Foudre and La Magicienne; lists date of work and dimensions and price.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Pevsner file.

Robert Couturier 

 1957 Apr 20 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 12

Scope and Contents

Letter from Couturier to Mr. Wurtzburger. The letter is a listing of available sculptures, dimensions, subject matter, price. Freight, packaging, insurance to be your charge. Hope they might complement your collection. In French.

Raymond Duchamp-Villon 

 1956 Oct 22 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Letter from Louis Carre/Galerie Louis Carre, Paris to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Answering AW’s inquiry regarding sculptures for sale. Detailed notices and photographs to follow: Les Amants and Le Grand Cheval (cast available in November, cast 5/6). Transport expense information to follow.

 1957 Apr 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Letter from Louis Carre/Galerie Louis Carre, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Prices of sculpture seen by AW on visit to Galerie 4/3: Femme Assise: $4000, Tete de cheval: $3500. Both casts 5/8.

 1967 Oct 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Letter/Bill from W. F. Davidson/M. Knoedler, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Glad JW to have Le Cheval Majeur, due to Trude Rosenthal’s involvement they were granted first call on piece. Original price: $80,000, reduced to $69,000 as JW able to pay entire amount within 10 days. Bill lists description and history of piece; in triplicate.

 1967 Oct 30 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Article in Newsweek by David L. Shirey.

The article is a discussion of Duchamp-Villon in conjunction with exhibition at NY’s Knoedler Gallery of 40 Sculptures and 10 drawings from early 1900s to 1918. Two illustrations: Great Horse and Baudelaire.

 [1967] 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Galleys Subject: Second proofs for exhibition catalogue, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, 1876-1918; discussion of Duchamp-Villon’s various sculptures and checklist with handwritten notes beside indicating dates, fabrication numbers, and which are for sale.

 [1967?] 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Article “Rare Horse Added to Wurtzburger Garden” in Baltimore Sun by Barbara Gold.

The article is a discussion of piece famous since 1914 when artist made final model. Not cast the full 4 feet until JW’s cast made (1 of 9) 6 of which went to family.

 1968 Jan 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Article in Burlington Magazine by Daniel Robbins.

Article is an overview of an exhibition at Knoedler’s closing on November 4, 1967. Extensive discussion of Le Grand Cheval.

 1968 Jan 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Letter/Statement from Agnes Brady/Knoedlers, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Acknowledgement of $17,000 payment on account of bronze; balance due: $2000; in triplicate.

 1968 Mar 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 13

Scope and Contents

Letter/Loan Form from Jennifer Licht/MoMA to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Acknowledging loan by JW of Great Horse for MoMA exhibition: The Machine from 11/25/68 to 2/9/69. Installation requirements and request for photograph for catalogue.

Jacob Epstein 

 1957 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Sir Jacob Epstein.

Subject: Enclosing check for remaining balance on The Visitation; for customs please state only that it was cast from the original, no mention of number if over 2; declared at £1000.

 1961 Nov 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Galleria Odyssia to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Mentions the pleasing placement of the Epstein sculpture and others in AW’s garden.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Somaini file.

 1962 Mar 23 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kathleen Epstein to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Lists prices for pieces AW saw in studio that day: White Marble Venus: £3220, Alabaster Chimera: £2000.

 1962 Apr 5 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kathleen Epstein to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Introduces photographs AW requested and list with titles and prices; neither item attached.

 1962 May 21 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kathleen Epstein to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Please Venus will go to BMA for £2700. Instructions have been given to shippers and sculptor-friend of Epstein’s is cleaning piece; will relay information regarding preservation of marble; will insure. No sketches for Venus have been found, only watercolor of birds which will be reproduced in her book due out next month.

 1962 Jun 15 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kathleen Epstein to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Shipping company has been awaiting direct transport to Baltimore; sculpture leaves June 17, should arrive in a fortnight, please indicate condition when received. Best treatment for marble is occasional wash with warm water and soft cloth.

 1962 Jul 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from Mr. Matthews/Lionel H. Lemon & Co., London to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Executor of estate requests amount due on Venus to the estate of Jacob Epstein, deceased.

 1962 Jul 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore.

Subject: 2 cs. sculpture due July 10 on steamer American Farmer. Breakdown of shipping charges: Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from England: June 21, 1962. Invoice #: 87748.

 1962 Dec 27 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Loan form received from the Wurtzburgers to the BMA.

Subject: Loan of the Venus and Schlemmer Abstract Figure for an exhibition running from 1/15-2/10 1963.

 1964 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Loan form received from the Wurtzburgers to the BMA.

Subject: Loan of the Venus for the exhibition: “1914”: An Exhibition in celebration of the Museum’s Golden Anniversary from 10/6 through 11/15 1964.

 1965 Oct 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter from the Public Education Assoc., NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger. Subject: PEA has organized an exhibition: Seven Decades 1895-1965: Cross Currents in Modern Art for April 1966. A multi-gallery show, each gallery hosting a decade. Requests loan of the Venus to be on view at Knoedler’s.

 1965 Oct 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 14

Scope and Contents

Letter/loan form from the Public Education Assoc., NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Acknowledging loan of Venus for above-mentioned exhibition. Knoedler’s will contact to arrange transportation; will need publicity photos; request that donors maintain insurance during short exhibition.

Max Ernst 

 1960 Oct 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 15

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Lists an available work by Ernst: Niniche, its dimensions and price; including photos of this work which AW saw at the workshop. In French.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Pevsner file.

Pablo Gargallo 

 1960 Nov 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vl. Raykis/Galerie Zak, Paris to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have spoken with daughter of Gargallo; she maintains price of $15,300 for Prophet and reserves a 10% commission for me. Price valid only through December. In French.

 1960 Nov 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from: Vl. Raykis/Galerie Zak, Paris to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Efforts to reduce price with Madame Gargallo have been in vain; price rests at $15,300; hope this does not dissuade you. Transport, packing, and insurance of Prophet would be your charge. In French.

 1960 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vl. Raykis/Galerie Zak, Paris to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Regarding transport/packing of Prophet to Baltimore. Price for this plus customs from France is $500. Insure object yourself for proper value. Send bank check in order of Galerie Zak for $15,800 or $15,870 if you wish to insure from French end. In French.

 1960 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vl. Raykis/Galerie Zak, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Receipt of check for above-stated amount. Examiner from Rudier foundry said retouchings would have to be made to Prophet’s Patina; piece will be shipped to Baltimore as soon as possible. In French.

 1960 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from Maury Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Need the following information in order to insure new pieces: will gallery declare full value of objects at time of shipment? If so, rate will be reduced as low as possible. Need steamship line and point of arrival.

 1960 Dec 20 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from Vl. Raykis/Galerie Zak, Paris to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Rudier has found it necessary to retouch Prophet; it will be delivered to shipper and embark directly to Baltimore 12/24 via American Packer; should arrive 1/10. Please contact shipper with any questions; Raykis will be away on holiday. In French.

 1961 Jan 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Insurance policy from Maury Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to the Wurtzburgers.

Subject: Insurance for the Prophet for marine shipment from Paris to Baltimore.

 1961 Jan 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Insurance policy from Inland Marine Dept. to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Additions to schedule of 3 items including the Prophet.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Giacometti file.

 1961 Jul 21 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 16

Scope and Contents

Letter from Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to Jon Wurtzburger.

Subject: As scheduled floater policy did not cover marine shipment three trip transit all risk policies were issued to cover the pieces, including Prophet.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Giacometti file.

Alberto Giacometti 

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Andre Susse. Subject: Requesting details about the abstract male and female figure he saw at the foundry.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1957 May 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: The male and female figure by Giacometti is no longer available.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1957 Jun 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Regarding male and female figure by Giacometti; the last exemplar was acquired by Henri Matisse, NY. Will advise when possible to have a work of Giacometti.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1960 Oct 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Peggy Guggenheim.

Subject: Impractical to send terra-cotta Giacometti over with Victor Covey. Chances of trade look slim as BMA may have purchaser. Lower price if BMA purchased with cash outright or paid for purchase here (Richier Tauromachy) and considered a trade by you?

 1960 Oct 28 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Peggy Guggenheim, Venice to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Had expected Victor Covey, appreciated explanation; Richier has been paid for by her; would not be fair to 4 other purchasers of her Giacometti to sell for less. As it is the last to be sold, keep her advised as to whether to reserve it for AW.

 1960 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Peggy Guggenheim.

Subject: Apologies about unsuccessful exchange. BMA would like the Giacometti; could the 10% discount be applied as is customary for museums. If so, piece should go directly to BMA and payment will be forwarded promptly.

 1960 Nov 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Peggy Guggenheim, Venice to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Will not grant museum 10% discount; MoMa paid full price. If still interested deposit of $10,000 to account in Switzerland. It is not insured and will not be sent until purchased and insured by purchasers.

 1960 Nov 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Peggy Guggenheim

Subject: Will deposit money to Swiss account; will insure when she notifies shipment has been made. Piece should go directly to Baltimore not via NY.

 1960 Nov 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Peggy Guggenheim to Mr. Wurtzburger

The letter acknowledges receipt of money in Swiss bank account. Piece will be sent next week; instructions will be followed carefully regarding shipment.

 1960 Dec 15 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Insurance policy from Maury, Donnelly & Parr/Providence Washington Insurance Co. to the Wurtzburgers.

The insurance is to cover Torso of a Young Girl from Venice to Baltimore via marine shipment on the Nando Fassio.

 1960 Dec 31 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Bill of lading from Concordia Lina.

Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture shipped from Zust-Ambrosetti, Genoa on steamer Concordia Viking to Baltimore. Freight to be paid at destination.

 1961 Jan 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Customs invoice from: [?]orf International Customs Brokers, NY to R. G. Hobelmann & Co., Baltimore.

Subject: Breakdown of customs charges for 1 cs. sculpture (Headless Woman) arriving via Nando Fassio. Invoice #: M55238.

 1961 Jan 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from R. G. Hobelmann & Co., Baltimore to the BMA.

Subject: Customs advice re 1 cs. bronze sculpture (Headless Woman) shipped on Nando Fassio 1/20/61. Should Hobelmann clear through customs on BMA behalf; attaching proper forms and statement of charge for said service. If BMA wished to arrange own customs clearance, appear in office and documents will be transferred.

 1961 Jan 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Entry record receipt that states AW/BMA as owners declared on entry, entered in the name of; conveyed by steamer Nando Fassio (Torso of a Young Girl).

 1961 Jan 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Consumption entry form from Bureau of Customs. Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture (Headless Woman) valued at $10,000. Port of lading: Venice; date of exportation via Nando Fassio: 12/15/60 to Baltimore. Entry #: 02426.

 1961 Jan 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Freight bill/arrival notice from Robert C. Herd & Co., Baltimore to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture due to arrive 1/18/61 from Genoa to Baltimore. Discharging pier: in bond from New York via Preston Trucking Company; in triplicate.

 1961 Jan 20 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Notice of arrival from Norton, Lilly & Co., Baltimore to BMA/Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture; discharging berth: B&O Terminal from Venice to Baltimore.

 1961 Jan 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Insurance policy from Inland Marine to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subejct: Additions to schedule of 3 sculptures including Torso of a Young Girl.

 1961 Feb 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Freight bill/arrival notice from Hinkins Steamship Agency, Baltimore to Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture from Genoa to Baltimore due to arrive 2/20/61. Freight charges paid 2/17; in duplicate.

 1961 Feb 28 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Bill from B&O Railroad Co. to BMA/Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture at Locust Point Marine Terminal delivered to public stores 2/9/61. Total charges; in quadruplicate.

 1961 Jul 21 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Letter from Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to Jon? Wurtzburger.

Subject: As scheduled floater policy did not cover marine shipment three trip transit all risk policies have been issued to cover the sculptures including Torso of a Young Girl.

 1968 Sep 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Loan receipt received from Mrs. Alan Wurtzburger to The BMA.

Subject: Work in pencil entitled The Artists Mother for exhibition Graphic Arts from Private Maryland Collections from 9/10 through 10/6/68; received by Registrar Carol F. Van Schaack.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Manzu file.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 17

Scope and Contents

Subject: 2 angles of Torso of a Young Girl

Julio González 

 1957 Jun 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have been in touch with González’s family; will send photos and information in a few days.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1957 Jun 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Regarding the work of González’s photo of which is enclosed, price is as low as Mrs. González will go, his work always at much higher prices.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Sep 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Mrs. González out of town; will inquire about availability of Cactus Man and other works when she returns in October.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Sep 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have met with Mrs. González and there are no more works attainable except Personnage Debut; photo of which you have already received.

 1960 Nov 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Letter from Myriam Prevot/Galerie de France, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: The González available, La Grande Trompette will be cast next year: 4 copies, uncertain of price; will reserve a copy for you, photo enclosed.

 1960 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Letter from Myriam Prevot/Galerie de France, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Confirmation that Daphne (now at Kunsthaus, Zurich) and Tete a la Trompette (of the Bechtler collection) will be cast next year. Photos enclosed.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 18

Scope and Contents

Subject: Tete dite la Grande Trompette (2 angles) and Daphne.

Michel Guino 

 1960 Mar 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Article: “Arts et Spectacles: Dynamique Spatiale Chez Michel Guino” from French newspaper?

 1960 Nov 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Michel Guino to the Wurtzburgers.

Subject: Has just returned from voyage in Spain and some urgent business; reworking of sculpture should be sent to you this month; will write upon its completion. In French.

 1961 Jan 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Michel Guino to the Wurtzburgers.

Subject: Is beginning a large sculpture for the biennial of sculpture in D’Anvers; needs the following information sent to shippers; value declared, amount of insurance, what value to declare in America; attaches newspaper clipping highlighting the difficulty of all of this with regard to American customs house. In French.

 1961 Jan 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Michel Guino, Paris.

Subject: Expects the sculpture during January; will issue 2 checks for ½ the amount, made out to Guino personally? Will insure on this end; pack to protect small members; declare at customs for ½ the price. Does not anticipate problems with customs house as piece is c/o BMA. Suggests markings shipper should use on crate and requests information of date of shipment/carrier for insurance.

 1961 Feb 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Michel Guino.

Subject: Disappointed with delay of sculpture’s delivery; expecting to show it in Spring exhibition, please speed shipment.

 1961 Feb 15 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Michel Guino (translated by wife) to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Delay due to specialist’s suggestion that sculpture be “soldered with electricity” to survive outdoors; please excuse unforeseen delay, only trying to insure perfect piece for AW. Process is underway, will take 10 days.

 1961 Mar 22 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Michel Guino, Paris. Subject: Another month elapsed since word of soldering delay; hopes it is in permanent condition to ship; appreciates effort to make it perfect.

 1962 Aug 22 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Michel Guino, Paris to the Wurtzburgers.

Subject: Apologizes for lateness of small package; enclosed is biography and resume, will send press clippings if necessary. In French.

 1962 Sep 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to the Washington Museum of Modern Art.

Subject: Announcing gift of Petales de Mystere in honor of Adelyn Breeskin, new director of museum.

 1962 Sep 20 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from President, Washington Gallery of Modern Art to the Wurtzburgers.

Subject: Delighted to add Petales de Mystere to collection in honor of Adelyn Breeskin; hopes to see AW/JW at gala opening.

 1962 Sep 31 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Adelyn D. Breeskin/Washington Gallery of Modern Art to Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: Sculpture has already made a great impression on those in contact with it; newspaper coverage of gift scheduled; deep appreciation.

 1962 Oct 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 19

Scope and Contents

Letter from Mr. Wurtzburger to Michel Guino, Paris. Subject: Announcing sculpture’s presentation to Washington Gallery of Modern Art in honor of new director Adelyn Breeskin, former director of BMA. Artist will benefit a great deal from exposure in the nation’s capitol; newspaper coverage will be forwarded to Guino.

Étienne Hajdu 

 1956 Jun 11 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 20

Scope and Contents

Letter from Étienne Hajdu to Mr. Wurtzburger.

The letter lists available sculptures and prices: La Dame de Bagneux, La Belle, Luce, Les Deux Oiseaux, La Parisienne; suggests if AW is interested to address further inquiries to Galerie Jeanne Bucher, Paris. In French.

 1956 Jul 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 20

Scope and Contents

Letter from Étienne Hajdu to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Beast in white marble is in my workshop; ready for earliest voyage from Paris. In French.

Karl Hartung 

 1958 Nov 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 21

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rudolf Springer/ Galerie Springer, Berlin to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Brief mention of Hartung’s work of which he will make an offer in several days. Introduces Heiliger; discusses both Butler and Arp. In German.

 1958 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 21

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rudolf Springer/ Galerie Springer, Berlin.

Subject: Returning photos of Arp and Butler pieces as already represented in collection; interested in further information re Hartung and Heiliger.

 1959 Jan 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 21

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rudolf Springer/ Galerie Springer, Berlin to Mr. Wurtzburger. The letter lists 4 Heiliger works available, their cast numbers and locations, prices; will offer a large Hartung work within the next 14 days. In German.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Heiliger file.

 1959 Jan 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 21

Scope and Contents

Letter from Karl Hartung to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Hear through Pandelaers in Antwerp you are interested in large work for BMA; herewith send photos and prices, await decision; list of 7 pieces attached: dimensions and prices. In German.

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Scope and Contents

Notes about various artists, galleries, works, prices noted on Stad Antwerpen letterhead; mentions Hartung’s address in Berlin.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Bill file.

Bernhard Heiliger 

 1958 Nov 24 


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Scope and Contents

Letter from Galerie Springer, Berlin to Alan Wurtzburger.

Letter asks if AW would be interested in large works by the artist Bernhard Heiliger; discussion of Arp and Butler and Hartung.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Hartung file.

 1958 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger Subject: Is interested in hearing further regarding works of Hartung and Heiliger; not interested in Arp/Butler as already represented in collection.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Hartung file.

 1959 Jan 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Rudolf Springer, Berlin to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Lists 4 works available: Grosse Nike, Vegitative Figur, Vegitative Plastik, Grosse Kniende Figure; cast numbers, prices, locations and photos; will offer large Hartung work in 14 days.

Barbara Hepworth 

 1962 May 11 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Hepworth, Cornwall to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Enclosing 3 photos of sculpture, hope BMA will acquire Dancing Figure (1948). Will hold price of 1050 guineas for AW only; listed now at 1250 guineas. Mistake made when calculating 15% museum discount: is $755 correct? Enclosing Whitechapel catalogue.

 1962 May 29 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Hepworth to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Confirming purchase of Dancing Figure (1948); delivering to Bourlet and Sons, London for dispatch to Baltimore. Did he note the corrected price?

 1962 Jun 8 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Hepworth to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Confirming sum owed for Dancing Figure; price £937-2-6d to be paid in £ to avoid banking problems. Tate bought large wood sculpture from her exhibition.

 1962 Jun 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Hepworth to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Bourlet & Sons dispatching sculpture; should arrive 10-14 days. They will provide specific information. Regarding maintenance: stone so hard a simple washing will do to remove marks/greenness; has not deteriorated since being in her garden all these years.

 1962 Jul 19 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Hepworth to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Glad to hear piece arrived safely as did payment to her; at work on a 20-foot sculpture for Oxford Street.

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    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Photographs of 3 different angles of Dancing Figure.

Yasuhide Kobashi 

 1960 Feb 19 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Douglas Overton/Japan Society to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Re request at Asia House for information regarding Japanese artist Kobashi: lists full name and address in NY.

 1960 Mar 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Yasuhide Kobashi to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Re inquiry about clay sculptures in garden: terra cotta should last forever, growing darker in moist garden, whiter in dry garden. Weather will break if they have not been portioned or baked properly or weakly constructed. Cannot say more unless he sees pieces.

Georg Kolbe 

 1962 Apr 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 25

Scope and Contents

Letter from J.H. Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Investigating finding a copy of the large Kolbe, will keep AW informed.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

 1962 Apr 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 25

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Quite optimistic about the possibility of finding a large Kolbe for AW.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

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    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Enclosing photos of 2 large Kolbes which have not been cast: Wiedergeburt and Lagernde Frau; the first casts would be yours, would take 3-4 months; lists prices.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Schlemmer file.

Gaston Lachaise 

 1957 Dec 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Martha Dickinson/Weyhe Gallery, NY to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Spoke with trustees of Lachaise estate; if sculpture for museum, bronze cast could be sold for $10,000. For private collection: $15,000.

 1958 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers.

Subject: In a listing of recent accessions, AW lists the Lachaise Standing Woman.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mrs. Wurtzburger to Felix Landau/Landau Galleries, LA.

Subject: Re photo of Lachaise piece: is cast executed by sculptor or posthumous, is cast numbered, if not—how large is the edition. Since piece will go eventually to BMA can she expect usual museum discount.

Henri Laurens 

 1957 May 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 27

Scope and Contents

Letter from from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Letter concerning Laurens piece of which you’ve seen photo, will inquire about the price; this is long and complicated.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 27

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Susse Frères.

Subject: Would appreciate efforts to locate Laurens piece and price of those available.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1957 May 17 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger. Subject: Work Baigneuse in bronze is obtainable at price fixed by owner of all Laurens works: 6.000.000 francs; as we are his colleagues he allows us 10% which we will give to you; lists dimensions and encloses photos.

 1957 Jun 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Maurice Jardot/Galerie Louise Leiris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Enclosed list of large Laurens pieces which are available and photos of same; list of 12 sculptures attached ranging in price from $1800 to $6000.

 1957 Jun 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Agree with AW that prices for Laurens pieces are high. It is because Leiris Gallery which owns all the sculptor’s works since his death is claiming high prices.

 1958 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kahnweiler/Galerie Louise Leiris, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Glad to see piece go to BMA; will try to secure cheapest price; $13,500 probably lowest possible, it allows museum 10% and is arranged because of special payment procedures.

 1958 Oct 11 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kahnweiler/Galerie Leiris, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Confirmation that Large Bather will go to BMA; will give cast no. 2 patina AW wishes (same as Grande Musicienne at Brussels). Should be complete in 2 weeks, pay with 2 checks.

 1958 Oct 16 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kahnweiler/Galerie Louise Leiris to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Acknowledging receipt of check; invoice enclosed. Have discovered that AW’s cast is not #2 but #1; once the old patina was removed, marking was obvios; #2 is at Lille in France in the garden of a collector.

 1958 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene Pandelaers to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Have received information about available works from Brussels exhibition, prices are high, i.e. large figure by Laurens is 2.200.000 Belgian francs.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1958 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 27

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers. Subject: Lists recent acquisitions among which is the Grande Baigneuse by Laurens.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

Wilhelm Lehmbruck 

 1957 Feb 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Guido Lehmbruck to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Note new address in Stuttgart; am glad to hear of interest in large work of my father’s for BMA. Unfortunately mother has not sold work from my father’s estate. On your visit in March a personal visit might be to your advantage. In German. Photocopy.

 1957 Aug 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Guido Lehmbruck to Wurtzburger.

Subject: Has been traveling, overseeing exhibition of father’s work in England and exhibition of father at the Tate Gallery. Have spoken to those in Stuttgart can give no other information but that Geneighten Frauentorso 1913/14 is not available. In German. Photocopy.

 1957 Aug 13 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Guido Lehmbruck.

Subject: Sorry that Geneighten Frauentorso not available as it is AW’s favorite Lehmbruck work. Possible to attain Kniende or Dergesturtzte; if neither is available please advise as to pieces mother will sell and prices so decision can be reached. Photocopy.

 1957 Aug 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 28

Scope and Contents

Letter from Guido Lehmbruck to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Kniende and Gesturzten mother not willing to offer. On Stuttgart visit you declined Madchentorso; we offer now Denkerkopf for 40.000 DM. Think this work would satisfy you; it should go only to BMA, not art dealers. In German. Photocopy.

 1957 Oct 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 28

Scope and Contents

Letter from Guido Lehmbruck to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Understand that no decision on Denkerkopf can be made from a distance; cannot offer Sinnende; there remain no others for you to install in your garden. In German. Photocopy.

 1959 Mar 31 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 28

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Guido Lehmbruck.

Subject: Another inquiry regarding acquiring large example of sculpture or at least Frauentorso. Awaits news of prospects. Photocopy.

 1960 Feb 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 28

Scope and Contents

Letter from Guido Lehmbruck to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Has been silent because unable to grant AW’s requests. Was excited to be in charge of father’s works, but helpless. His inability to acquire Frauentorso for Aw was not because of oversight or ill will. In German. Photocopy.

 1962 Apr 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 28

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Thinks it almost impossible to get a large Lehmbruck for AW, but will keep informed.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

 1962 Apr 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 28

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Prospects of Lehmbruck are grim.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

Jacques Lipchitz 

 1957 Jan 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 29

Scope and Contents

Receipt from J. Lipchitz to Janal Foundation, Inc.

Subject: Handwritten invoice for bronze; autographed by Lipchitz at Hastings-on-Hudson, NY; in duplicate. Photocopies.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 29

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry from Pennsylvania State University Exhibition

Subject: Checklisting of Seated Guitar Player and Half Standing Figure.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity Series.

René Magritte 

 1960 Oct 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 30

Scope and Contents

Letter from Federico Quadrani/Galleria Odyssia, Rome to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Enclosing photo of Magritte painting available in Rome at a price of $4000.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Somaini file.

Giacomo Manzù 

 1957 Apr 29 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Son has communicated requests; bronze Enfant Assise at National Museum of Canada; two other variants at other museums. About Pas de Dan you chose from photos, have destroyed plaster model after finished making copies. Dedicating work to Le Saltimbanque, theme with much previous meaning, will take long to finish due to grand proportions of my work. In French. Photocopy.

 1957 May 9 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Natural height of Saltimbanque is 1,80 meters; will send photo instead of design, reproduction will help you better decide on order; will complete as soon as possible. In French. Photocopy.

 1957 Aug 31 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Sorry for the delay, should receive photos of the Saltimbanco next month. Photocopy.

 1958 May 28 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Still working on door of the Salzburg Cathedral; does not allow time to sketch on Saltimbanco. Will get sketches to AW as soon as possible. Photocopy.

 1959 Jan 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Aw must not have received previous letter stating Manzù was unable to work, absent from Milan due to sickness. 2 works AW interested in must wait, Manzù must rest, cannot work while on medication. Work should be complete in 2 or 3 months, will then send photos. In French. Photocopy.

 1959 Mar 31 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Giacomo Manzù.

Subject: Inquiring about photos of Artists and Models they discussed in Milan in September, 1958. Eager to get project underway. Photocopy.

 1959 Apr 1? 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Sorry promise was broken, has been ill and will start work again on large group next month; will then send photos. In Italian; includes translation. Photocopy.

 1959 Apr 28 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Am again working on the sculpture after the delay; will send photos in the next couple of months. In Italian. Photocopy.

 1960 Feb 22 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Know you are waiting for photo of large group: Painter with Model; it is not completed, hope it will be in a year; will send as soon as possible. In Italian; includes translation. Photocopy.

 1960 Nov 2 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Alan Wurtzburger.

Subject: Regrets the Bambina Sulle Sedia has meanwhile been sold at a gallery in Holland where on exhibition; knows AW was interested in the piece; La Pattinatrice has also been sold; only when he sent instructions for the shipment was he notified of this. Sending photos of La Grande Pattinatrice if AW is interested in purchasing this piece instead. Photocopy.

 1960 Dec 8 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Alan Wurtzburger. Subject: When he last wrote he enclosed a photo of Dance Step hoping to substitute it for Young Girl but you insisted on Young Girl. Manzù never makes copies of his works and even a variation would require the wax which has been destroyed. Only possibility is to redo the subject. Please advise as to how to proceed. In Italian; includes translation. Photcopy.

 1960 Dec 22 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Wishes to clear up misunderstandings; the sculpture will not be a copy but a new sculpture using previous subject; no price established, incorrect to assume same price as this piece will have its differences. If you cannot agree, many will take this sculpture. More precise information on the Cardinal in a few days. In Italian; includes translation. Photocopy.

 1961 Jun 27 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Promise of The Little Cardinal for JW’s daughter still valid awaiting confirmation in order to mail it. Little bronze is the last one as he has not done this type of work since. At work on Child in the Chair without any obligation on JW’s part. In Italian. Photocopy.

 1961 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore.

Subject: Receipt of 1 cs. bronze work arrived November 7 on steamer Gimmi Fassio. Breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from Italy: October 21, 1961. Invoice #: 75753.

 1962 Jun 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Has worked all this time on new version of sculpture but has destroyed it in a fury. Will give his own sculpture to AW to keep his word although it deprives him of one of his best works. Since it is his last piece of work does not think AW will argue with price of $10,000. Will give shipper same day as payment is received. In Italian; includes translation. Photocopy.

 1962 Jul 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Has received last 2 checks completing payment for sculpture. Today sculpture was consigned to shipper Stein of Rome with specifications AW has given. Patina may not suit AW but Manzù prefers to let weather provide patina. In Italian; includes translation. Photocopy.

 1962 Sep 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore.

Subject: 1 cs. bronze sculpture due to arrive September 5 on steamer Newberry Victory. Breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from Italy: August 17, 1962. Invoice #: 15719.

 1962 Oct 16 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Giacomo Manzù to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Happy that 1955 sculpture was received; mention of new address in Rome; receipt attached. In Italian; includes translation. Photocopy.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Alan Wurtzburger.

Subejct: Loan of Manzù piece for February 1966 exhibition; mentions a visit to Timberland to measure pieces; will need publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel to Mrs. Alan Wurtzburger. The letter lists works to be loaned by Frank Titelman of Altoona to supplement above-mentioned exhibition. Will bring slides of AW works from Cubism show when he visits.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Enclosing list of pieces JW will loan for above-mentioned exhibition; please provide the missing information about artists’ dates titles of works, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 31

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry: Checklist of works in above-mentioned exhibition; information on Manzù’s Cardinal.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

 1968 Sep 10 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Loan form received from: Mrs. Wurtzburger to the BMA.

Subject: Loan of Head of a Young Girl in black crayon for the exhibition Graphic Arts from Private Maryland Collections to be held from 9/10 through 10/6 1968.

 1960 Oct 6 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Photograph 1 print of Young Girl on a Chair

Gerhard Marcks 

 1957 Jan 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Invoice from Galerie Rudolf Hoffman, Hamburg to the BMA.

Subject: Lists piece and price of $4000, in duplicate.

Marino Marini 

 1957 Apr 23 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Marino Marini, Milan to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Received affirmative response from Winterthur for Cavalier, regret your museum will not have the work. Copy of a different Cavalier could be made available of which you possess a photo: £3.000.000. In French. Photocopy.

 1957 Apr 29 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Marino Marini.

Subject: Regret Winterthur received Cavalier; am unable to pay £3.000.000 even £2.000.000 was too high and was going to ask for BMA discount. You had mentioned another cast should Winterthur purchase, is this still possible? Would like to see major Marini at BMA. Photocopy.

 1957 May 12 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Marino Marini to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Impossible to make another cast of Winterthur Cavalier. Will offer other Cavalier for £2.600.000; exportation and shipping charges would be yours; please inform of decision. In French. Photocopy.

 1957 May 20 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Marino Marini.

Subject: Disappointed no new cast of Winterthur piece can be made; has not received the photos Marini has spoken of of the Cavalier; without dimensions and photo AW can make no decision. Photocopy.

 1957 Sep 23 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Marino Marini.

Subject: With arrival of fall AW eager to have a Marini for his garden; Marini had mentioned a piece other than Winterthur, awaits suggestion of new pieces to consider. Photocopy.

 [1959?] Nov 6 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Postcard from Marino Marini to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Have heard that Cavalier you have chosen is the Miracolo 1954, pl. 123 in the Milione edition. In French. Photocopy.

 1960 Oct 22 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Marino Marini to Mr. Wurtzburger.

Subject: Glad to grant desire for grand version of Cavalier for BMA for Customary 10% discount to museums. Price: £9.000.000. Should take 2 months. In French. Photocopy.

 1960 Nov 11 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Franco Monti

Subject: In reply to letter; please bill BMA in the amount of $755 representing the total of 468,000 lire. Proceed with billing and shipping to same address (BMA) with strict instructions for direct route to Baltimore, not NYC.

 1960 Dec 20 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Marina Marini to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Just 2 messages: evidence your Cavalier will leave and you will receive before long and best in the new year from Marino. In French. Photocopy.

 1961 Jan 2 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Fust-Ambrosetti Trasporti Internazionali, Milan to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Confirming shipment of 1 cs. bronze sculpture by order for account of Marino Marini via Concordia Viking from Genoa December 31bound to Baltimore. Goods have not been insured; valued at Lit. 9.000.000. Photocopy.

 1961 Mar 6 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Receipt from Janal Foundation to Marino Marini. Subject: Issued by First Naitonal Bank, Baltimore: monies transferred to Marino Marini, Milan in the amount of 9 million Italian lira equivalent to $14,580. Photocopy.

Arturo Martini 

 1958 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene Pandelaers, Middleheim to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: States that we (Stad Antwerpen Kunsthistorichen Musea) are keeping in mind the proposition concerning Martini.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Luciano Minguzzi 

 1958 Oct 14 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Luciano Minguzzi to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Will go to Rome Monday to oversee shipment; will mark 1/3 near signature as AW requested. Send 2 checks for $800 to address in Milan; will communicate name of steamer when known. Piece: Contortionista. In Italian; includes translation.

 1958 Nov 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Received documents from Italy on 1 cs. bronze sculpture via SS Exemplar to Baltimore. Vessel due November 26; customs forms will be sent along with bill for foreign charges.

 1958 Nov 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Luciano Minguzzi, Milan to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Contortionista shipped via SS Exemplar from Naples November 5. Never received check mentioned in your letter; please send check of $1600, will arrange with Italian bank; you should trace other check.

 1958 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers

Subject: Lists among his recent acquisitions the Contortionista by Minguzzi.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1958 Dec 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore Subject: 1 cs. bronze statue due to arrive December 3 on steamer Exemplar. Breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from Italy: November 5, 1958. Invoice #: 22875.

Henry Moore 

 1956 May 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Trude Rosenthal to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: In regards to loans to BMA for 4000 Years of Modern Art and insurance prices for the pieces which include a Moore bronze.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Barlach file.

 1956 Aug 30 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from The Leicester Galleries, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: On last visit AW asked to be notified when Moore group bronze available, Family Group (1945) available for £126. Photo enclosed with dimensions on back; please notify of interest as many others also interested.

 1956 Sep 10 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Invoice/receipt from The Leicester Galleries to Mr. Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: $325.80 received for the payment of bronze Family Group.

 1957 Sep 6 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Henry Moore

Subject: Wuppertal has commissioned Figure on Steps, the large size should prove exciting. Eagerly awaiting photos of other 2 being cast.

 1957 Nov 29 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Henry Moore

Subject: AW has not yet received photos of pieces being cast which he requested in an August letter.

 1958 Feb 25 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Henry Moore

Subject: Has been a year since their meeting; none of AW’s letters have been answered, letter regarding plans for a large sculpture. Moore said he would correspond regarding progress of the piece and send photos and there has been no word.

 1958 Mar 4 


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Letter from Henry Moore to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Delays have been due to illness, foundries, photographers, and preoccupation with large sculpture Unesco which has kept him in Italy. Completed Seated Figure on Steps, plaster gone to foundry, 1st cast to Wuppertal. Enclosing photo of Falling Warrior as Moore has worked on patina and composition; Seated Woman in bronze. Working model of Unesco Reclining Figure will be in bronze, large-scale in stone in front of Unesco builsing; Woman over life-size, 1st cast ready in April. Prices on backs of photos much lower than at Leicester of Knoedler’s.

 1958 Mar 31 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Henry Moore

Subject: After reviewing photos, AW interested in Seated Woman and Reclining Figure (Unesco). Prices are higher than discussed; possibility of BMA discount. AW understands prices do not reflect shipping and packing of piece for transport to Baltimore.

 1958 Apr 8 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry Moore to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Departs for Italy to work on full-scale Unesco piece. Although founders charges high, Moore will allow discount to BMA as it will not be resold. Draped Seated Woman: £4000; Reclining Figure: £5000.

 1958 Apr 14 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Henry Moore

Subject: AW interested in Unesco piece at lower price; how soon can it be cast; will it be No. 1; how many cast in total; only this one in USA; what patina for outdoors; is base as shown in photo part of actual sculpture.

 1958 May 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Henry Moore

Subject: Understands Moore will begin casting after return from Poland. Hopes if not ready for autumn then completed as soon as possible. Could Moore spare a cast of Mother and Child in Rocking Chair which AW saw on last visit, large the better.

 1958 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers

Subject: In a listing of recent acquisitions, AW lists his new Moore Unesco Reclining Figure.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1961 Jan 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore

Subject: Receipt of 1 cs. bronze sculpture, arrived January 16, 1961 on steamer American Veteran. Breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from France: December 24, 1960. Invoice #: 60173.

 1961 Nov 14 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras/Galleria Odyssia, Rome to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Lauding Timberlane and the monumental Moore and its arrangement with the others.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Somaini file.

 1961 Nov 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry Moore to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: The Draped Seated Figure AW is interested in offered to the Arts Council, London and failing that, the City of Gothenberg, Sweden. If neither offer is taken this last cast will go to AW. Photocopy.

 1962 Mar 30 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Invoice from Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Receipt of $1000 for Stringed Figure against price of $4200. Lists balance due and brief history of piece.

 1962 Apr 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Marlborough Fine Art to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing photos of sculpture showcase. Fischer says AW’s small Moore brings $2250 against Helmet Head or small Reclining Figure (2 pieces). As prices are lower than Knoedler’s, please do not inform them.

 1962 Apr 9 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from J.H. Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: AW agrees to proposition regarding Moore small Reclining Figure. Is sending maquette for Reclining Figure and Stringed Figure which AW has already purchased to shippers in Baltimore. Sending invoice which he assumes AW will settle when he pays balance on other bronze. Photocopy.

 1962 Apr 9 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Statement of account from Marlborough Fine Art to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: $4900 due on maquette for Reclining Figure; credit on Thin Reclining Figure: $2240; Balance due: $2660; 3 page statement.

 1962 Apr 11 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Invoice/customs invoice from Marlborough Fine Art to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Declaration that Marlborough Fine Art is the shipper of 2 sculptures: Maquette for Reclining Figure and Stringed Figure valued at $9100, departing Great Britain for Baltimore.

 1962 Apr 27 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Account/advice of shipment from T. Rogers & Co., London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: 2 Moore bronzes transported via airfreight Pan American for Marlborough Fine Art to S. Shapiro, Baltimore on April 17, 1962.

 1962 May 14 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Acknowledging receipt of check for Moore sculptures; supporting decision to send them by air. Please communicate decision re Schlemmer sculpture.

 1962 Jun 19 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Brief discussion of Schlemmer piece, description of materials; Mentions that small Reclining Figure has arrived, all very pleased with it.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Schlemmer file.

 1962 Jul 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 36

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art

Inquiring about cast number for Stringed Figure purchased 3/30/62; customs officials asking number as not clearly marked on piece. Numbers below 10 admitted without duty; hoping it is within the first 10.

 1962 Jul 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Cast number of Stringed Figure is 4. Enclosing letter written for Frau Schlemmer (ill) and one from Noack confirming details of that piece.

 1965 Jul 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from G. Kahnweiler to Trude Rosenthal

Subject: Re JW request for directions on how to restring Stringed Figure. Can be accomplished locally by opening the trap door fixed with screws to get to interior workings. Moore would prefer JW send piece to him to repair.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Loan of 3 Moore pieces among others for February 1966 exhibition; plans to come to Timberlane to measure pieces; please provide publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Alan Wurtzburger Subject: Lists pieces Frank Titelman of Altoona will loan to above- mentioned exhibition to supplement JW pieces. Mentions visit and will bring slides of JW works in recent Cubism exhibition.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 36

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Sending list of pieces JW will loan for above-mentioned exhibition; please provide the missing information about artists’ dates titles of pieces, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 Sep 13 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry Moore to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Has been away at work near marble quarries near Forte dei Marmi. No cast of Draped Seated Woman; lists where each of an edition of 6 is placed. Photocopy.

 1966 Oct 7 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry Moore to Janet Wurtzburger

Subject: JW arranging a visit of Dr. Israel and friends October 26. Moore confirming the engagement. Photocopy.

 1966 Dec 9  


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Davidson/Knoedler & Co., NY to Gertrude Rosenthal

Subject: Confirming BMA acquisition of bronze Three Piece Reclining Figure at $75,000 less 10%, payable by December 31: $25,000, balance after January 1. In agreement that they have acquired either piece in BMA exhibition now at Knoedler’s if present reserve not consummated or one being shipped from England December 16, due Christmas Day. Photocopy.

 1966 Dec 12 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Trude Rosenthal/BMA to Davidson/Knoedler & Co., NY

Subject: JW purchased 1 of 2 casts of Three Piece Reclining Figure; cast 1 at $75,000; standard museum discount brings prices to $67,500. Send invoice to JW, she will pay $25,000 within 30 days. Piece with brown patina greatly preferred; have been assured that piece shipped from England identical to one BMA had on premises until November. Hope it will not have green patina. 1 which was at BMA and under consideration by other museum should go to JW if declined as she is familiar with it. Bronze from England expected in January; delivery date/shipping arrangements will be made then.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 36

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry: Checklisting of 3 pieces loaned to Pennsylvania State University exhibition: Family Group, Reclining Figure, and Reclining Figure.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

 1967 Jan 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Invoice from Knoedler & Co., NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Lists price, dimensions, dates, and publications where Three Piece Reclining Figure has appeared.

 1969 May 21 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry Moore to Janet Wurtzburger

Subject: A Mrs. Windhor also interested in Two Nuns; Moore has written saying piece should go to JW. 2 exhibitions in NY: recent carvings at Knoedler’s; new bronzes at Marlborough-Gerson. Galleries raising prices of his works; Knoedler’s would charge high price for Two Nuns but as just between them a confidential price of £20,000 offered. Photocopy.

 1969 May 22 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Henry Moore to Janet Wurtzburger Subject: Mrs. Windhor has gone through Knoedler’s to acquire the Two Nuns, saying Moore promised piece to her; impossible now not to go through Knoedler’s if JW still interested in piece. Photocopy.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Photographs: Stringed Figure, Family Group (2 prints), Figure on Steps (2 prints), and Untitled (3 prints)

Masayuki Nagare 

 1960 Aug 21 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Meredith Weatherby to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Nagare has been sculpting like mad, should give piece finishing touches in next few weeks; piece is of considerable weight/volume. Will send photos as soon as possible; NY show for which it was to be borrowed has been postponed so piece can go directly to AW. Talk of Mrs. Rockefeller wanting to have piece at MoMA show (has already given museum 2 of his works).

 1960 Sep 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Meredith Weatherby to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing photos of piece tentatively called Sea Feather; gives dimensions, states Nagare’s recommendation regarding base. Price: $4000, $3750 for AW. Not sure if it will suit garden; so much larger than other works, sure he will turn to small ones again. Where money can be deposited if AW purchases.

 1960 Oct 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Meredith Weatherby Subject: Those at BMA impressed with photo of Sea Feather but cannot make final decision based on photo; does Nagare plan to exhibit piece at Knoedler’s, then a prompt decision could be made.

 1964 Mar 26 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Staempfli Gallery, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Assumes Nagare bronze signed but Japanese signature hard to find consisting only of four disconnected lines. Only 1 cast, no others intended. As to commission: he never makes plasters, says they turn out different from plasters anyway, may send sketch. If all too vague, Staempfli will commission; even if JW commissioned and was displeased, down payment would be refunded. Life intends an article on Nagare.

 1964 Apr 10 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Statement from Staempfli Gallery, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Lists description, execution date, transportation arrangements, terms for a piece commissioned by JW of Nagare.

 1965 Mar 22 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Staempfli Gallery, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: After a visit in Japan with Nagare: JW commission in progress, should be complete by early summer. Eye trouble has delayed as well as commission for Milwaukee building and smaller works for exhibition in NY this fall. Has special plans for next year, will make no commitments.

 1965 Jul 15 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Staempfli Gallery, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: JW commission 80% complete, shipped late Sugust. Staempfli planning exhibition of Nagare works for fall/winter, possible to include this new piece? Aside from sculpture walls at Japanese Pavilion, JW’s will be one of most important Nagare pieces in country. Please respond, indicate proper credit line.

 1965 Oct 22 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Staempfli Gallery, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing photos of commissioned work which has left Japan and plan for the base; two figures fused into one, if does not please you price will be refunded; if you still desire the piece, price reduced to $16,000.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 37

Scope and Contents

Photographs: 3 prints, unmarked, different angles of Sea Feather?

Mario Negri 

 1958 Nov 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Negri to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Explanation of delay in shipment of Colonna del Samurai: wants to send #1 directly from Biennale if MoMA in Milan will purchase #3 instead of #1. If not then #2 will go to Aw; it is at present ready. Biennale will send papers regarding forwarding/customs formalities.

 1958 Nov 25 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers Subject: In listing recent acquisitions, AW mentions new small piece Colonne de Samurai purchased while in Venice.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1959 Jan 15 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Negri to Alan Wurtzburger Subject: Went personally to Venice to solve delay of Colonne de Samurai. Biennale mistakenly did not forward your piece to you but sent to exhibition of prized artists of Biennale. MoMA piece was to continue there, but your 2/3 did instead. Piece will be shipped most likely on Saturnia from Venice February 4. Please send payment upon receipt. Photocopy.

 1959 Jan 21 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Mario Novello/Venice Biennale

Subject: In September AW visited Biennale, saw Colonna dei Samurai, obtained Negri’s address from Novello and visited Negri in Milan, buying sculpture with deposit of $100. Has not yet received piece. Lists misunderstandings asking Novello to intervene, acquire sculpture for AW as 5 months have elapsed.

 1960 Oct 24 


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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Negri to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Sending photos of piece kept for AW. Delivered mold to forge to have cast according to instructions: without base and bearing 2 supports for wall mounting; includes measurements; will be sent in 40 days.

 1961 Jan 13 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Negri, Milan to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Excuse delays due to holidays; disorders in transport due to celebrations. Will send documents to customs; piece will go directly to Baltimore; also photos to prove authenticity for American customs house. Directions for best ensemble in garden own drawings for placement. In French. Photocopy.

 1961 Jan 28 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Zust-Ambrosetti Trasporti Internazionali, Milan to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: By order and for account of Mario Negri, have arranged for shipment of 1 cs. bronze sculpture via President Jackson from Genoa to Baltimore.

 1961 Feb 3 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Documents Subject: 2 invoices, 2 bills of lading, 2 customs invoices, 2 declarations, 2 proforma covering the bronze sculpture shipped via steamer President Jackson from Genoa to Baltimore. Date of exportation: January 31, 1961.

 1962 Nov 9 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Negri to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Still unable to translate lightness/slenderness of small figure into large scale Figure di Donna. Asks for patience as Negri wants this piece to represent him well. By the end of the year he will send photos of plaster cast, await approval, then casting will follow for a month and a half. Piece in Baltimore by February. Photocopy.

 1965 Mar 9 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Bureau of Customs form Subject: 1 cs. original bronze sculpture via steamer President Hayes; date of exportation from Italy: February 9.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Negri piece among those being loaned for a February 1966 exhibition; mentions visit to measure pieces at Timberlane; requests publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger Subject: Lists additional works to be loaned by Frank Titelman of Altoona to supplement JW’s works in above-mentioned exhibition.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 38

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing list of pieces to be loaned for above-mentioned exhibition; please supply the missing information about artists’ dates titles of pieces, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry: Checklisting of Pennsylvania State Feburary 1966 exhibition which includes From Memory as from a Wall (1959-60) by Negri.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

 Oct 22 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Novello/Venezia Biennale to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: States Negri’s current address

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Mario Negri to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: AW suggested leaving new piece to museum for $650, taking back Colonna dei Samurai; AW paying for new piece from Milan to Baltimore; Samurai from Baltimore to Milan; complicated with customs. Negri suggests: AW purchasing Dal Ricordo come da un Muro for $1000 plus expenses. Not to worry about casting of piece without base, 0/3. One at Winterthur, one sold to Turin, one in NY at Borgenicht.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Photographs: La Grande allegorisa (8 prints from different angles); Piccola figura di Donna (1 print); Dal recordo come da un muro (1 print)

Uli Nimptsch 

 1960 Nov 2 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Uli Nimptsch to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Sending photo of Olympis: Lying Nude and Group with measurements and prices: £1600 and £3000 respectively (price for bronze).

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Photo/postcard of Olympia

Eduardo Paolozzi 

 1961 Mar 20 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Eduardo Paolozzi to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing set of 30 photostats of Paolozzi drawings which were promised in March 13 letter. Hope they will assist in identification.

 1961 Apr 9 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Eduardo Paolozzi to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Prices for Motor Figure and Collage: £12 and £40 respectively. Available after exhibition in Amsterdam (opening May 9). If AW wants them sooner will notify British Council to withdraw pieces from exhibition.

 [1962?] Fri 10th  


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Eduardo Paolozzi to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing photo of Box-Headed Figure in bronze; carriage forward, available immediately. Little King #3 purchased by Hanover Gallery. Price of Box-Headed Figure: £500; please notify if interested.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Loan of 13 pieces for February 1966 exhibition; mentions visit to measure pieces at Timberlane; please provide publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger Subject: Lists additional works to be loaned by Frank Titelman of Altoona to supplement JW’s works in above-mentioned exhibition; will bring slides of recent Cubism show with JW works on next visit.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 40

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing list of pieces to be loaned for above-mentioned exhibition; please supply the missing information about artists’ dates titles of pieces, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 40

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry Subject: Checklisting of pieces in above-mentioned exhibition, including Box-Headed Figure.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Photograph: Subject: Box-Headed Figure (1958)

 1961 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 40

Scope and Contents

Photostats Subject: A selection of 30 photostats of Paolozzi drawings.

Antoine Pevsner 

 1958 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene Pandelaers to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Mentions that advisory board of Kunsthistoriches Musea is discussing acquisition of Grande Colonne de la Victoire (there is a copy of it in front of GM Motors in Detroit).

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1958 Nov 25 


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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Rene Pandelaers

Subject: Interested to hear that Kunsthistoriches considering acquisition of a Pevsner; certainly he is a major contemporary sculptor, most important in his field today. Hope to see the Colonne in Antwerp on next visit.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

 1959 Dec 7 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Antoine Pevsner to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: It is impossible to change the delivery date for Dynamic Projection at 30 Degrees; cast cannot be executed at the foundry any earlier than October 1960. Do not worry about the advance you propose, when the time comes you will write to Luzet. In French.

 1960 May 18 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Antoine Pevsner to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Received check for £8000. Concerning pedestal for the piece, information will follow. In French.

 1960 Oct 6 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Informing AW that Pevsner work is in the stove. Shipment of sculpture is to be as previously discussed. Lists other works available as seen by AW in workshop. In French.

 1960 Oct 27 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Antoine Pevsner to Mr. and Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Received $8000 for construction of Dynamic Projection at 30 Degrees. Susse called to say work is cast perfectly; is being cleaned/polished. Susse will oversee shipping, if you prefer to insure piece on your own end please give Susse name of insurer and amount. Price of drawings/sketches 1918-1925: $5000. In French.

 1960 Oct 27 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Sorry the Museum’s Curator was not interested in pieces/photos sent. The work of Pevsner has been perfectly successful. Will be shipped on date you indicate. Pevsner will inform re base and fashion in which it will arrive. In French.

 1960 Nov 23 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Shipment of Dynamic Projection at 30 Degrees ready to proceed. Be in touch with courier for precise instructions for shipment and amount of insurance. In French.

 1960 Dec 2 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to Mr. Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Re shipping of Dynamic Projection and The Prophet, the Providence Washington Insurance Company states it is necessary to prepare separate charges. Need specific information before they can proceed; asks for missing information.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Gargallo file.

 1960 Dec 15 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Exportation receipt from Antoine Pevsner, Paris to BMA/Wurtzburger Subject: Bronze Prophet 2/3: $8000; in triplicate.

 1960 Dec 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Insurance policy from Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to the Wurtzburgers

Subject: Insurance for Dynamic Projection by Washington Providence Insurance Company in the amount of $16,000 for marine shipment from Paris to Baltimore.

 1960 Dec 29 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Gougeon will pack/ship Pevsner Prophet 2/3 to you address in Baltimore. Will communicate departure/arrival dates. 3 examples of piece for customs. In French.

 1960 Dec 30 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore

Subject: Regarding shipment of Pevsner Prophet 2/3. Sculpture embarks on Andania January 9, 1961 and arrives in Baltimore 22 January. Has been specially packed by Gougeon; lists dimensions/weight of case and sculpture; declared value: $8000. In French.

 1961 Jan 17 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Antoine Pevsner to the Wurtzburgers Subject: Dynamic Projection will be sent directly to Baltimore January 22. The work is magnificent; hope you share my opinion. In French.

 1961 Jan 17 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Insurance policy from Inland Marine Department to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Additions to schedule of 3 pieces including Dynamic Projection at 30 Degrees and Prophet. For original document see Giacometti file.

 1961 Jan 23 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore

Receipt of 1 cs. bronze sculpture on steamer Concordia Viking; breakdown of shipping charges. Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from Italy: December 31, 1960. Imported into NY January 13, 1961. Location of goods: Preston Trucking. Invoice #: 60377.

 1961 Jan 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger

Enclosing letter sent to AW insurance company (Maury, Donnelly & Parr) 12/30/60. Hope it provides information you desire. In French.

 1961 Jan 31 


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Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore Receipt of 1 cs. bronze sculpture, arrived January 28, 1961 on steamer Andania. Breakdown of shipping charges. Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from France: January 9, 1961. Invoice #: 60676.

 1961 Feb 1 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Lettergram/transport forms from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore to Alan Wurtzburger

Attaching copies of bills from Express Transport, Paris and William H. Masson, Baltimore in connection with shipment of Prophet.

 1961 Jul 21 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Maury, Donnelly & Parr, Baltimore to Jon Wurtzburger

Scheduled floater did not provide coverage for sculptures; enclosing 3 Trip Transit All Risk policies to cover marine shipment of Dynamic Projection, Prophet, Torso of a Young Girl.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Giacometti file.

 1961 Nov 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 41

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras/Galleria Odyssia to Mr. Wurtzburger Lauding the garden and the dramatic Pevsner in conjunction with the other sculpture.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Somaini file.

Germaine Richier 

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Andre Susse Among pieces AW saw at foundry was a Richier figure with "bull’s head” on base; please let him know details of this work.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Zadkine file.

 1957 May 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Gives dimensions of Tauromachie, 4th exemplar. As soon as meet with Richier will notify of price.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1957 May 29 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Enclose photo of Tauromachie AW saw at foundry, with dimensions and price: 1.000.000 frances. 4th exemplar obtainable in October.

 1957 Jun 25 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Regret that the BMA did not acquire Tauromachie.

 1957 Aug 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Enclose 2 photos of Le Griffu: 1.000.000 francs; lists dimensions; 1 month to case. All prices net prices.

 1957 Sep 10 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Acknowledges order of 1 cast of Tauromachie to BMA for 1.000.000 francs. Packing/freight to be paid extra. Bronze will not be ready before November 15. Cast will be no. 2 so no customs to pay; other exemplars in private collections; kindly send check for ½ the amount to confirm your order.

 1957 Sep 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Regarding Tauromachie; the no. 2 cannot be sent to you before the no. 4 is given to owners of no. 2 in November.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Gonzalez file.

 1957 Sep 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: For French authorities to allow export of Tauromachie your payment must be made in French francs from US account representing ½ the amount.

 1957 Sep 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Have just heard from Minister of Finances that works of art cannot be exported to US if not previously paid for in US dollars at official rate. Lists equivalent payment for Tauromachie; please confirm.

 1957 Sep 27 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Susse Frères

Subject: As price of Tauromachie was quoted in French francs, I advised agent would remit same to you; after making payment you state it is unsatisfactory. As you have accepted this payment could not the shipper place a valuation of 500.000 French francs on piece and I would remit in regular way.

 1957 Sep 27 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Ossip Zadkine

Subject: Have communicated with local agent and he will send an agent to you to repay him 500.000 francs. Upon return to this country of 500.000 francs, bank draft will be sent to you in this amount. Trust this will close matter.

 1957 Sep 30 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Mr. Kleiner

Subject: Susse Frères refused payment of 500.000 francs; cannot transport art unless paid in US dollars at official rate; your representative has this amount in hand; I will pick up additional 500.000 from Zadkine, he will then return to you 1 million francs.

 1957 Oct 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from David Kleiner, NY to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Statement of confirmation regarding the trade of 500.000 francs and arrangements to get monies in order after confusion.

 1957 Oct 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Attempts to explain conditions of French exportation to US. Must uphold decision that Tauromachie be paid for in US dollars.

 1957 Oct 21 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: As order received before new regulation, office of customs granted new license that Tauromachie be paid for in francs. Money must be sent directly from US bank not via agent.

 1957 Oct 24 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Bank check Buyer: Alan Wurtzburger In favor of: Susse Frères

1957 Oct 30Subejct: 500.000 French francs for Tauromachie.

 1957 Oct 30 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Acknowledges receipt of 1st check; patina of this casting “bronze nature" similar to first castings and according to wished of sculptor; asks if AW has special forwarding agents in Paris to handle shipping.

 1957 Nov 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Susse Frères Subject: Do not have particular forwarding agent in Paris. Perhaps the same man Arp deals with; trust you to handle efficiently and inexpensively.

 1957 Dec 5 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene de Solier to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Made Susse direct dealer for Tauromachie as we were away. In future for other works direct contact with sculptor will be most efficient. Enclosing photos of new small bronzes of my wife. Susse told me of your inquiry regarding La jeune fille a l’oiseau le Diablo. We know no more. In French.

 1958 Jan 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Tauromachie no. 2 will be sent end of the week freight collect by Pitt & Scott Ltd. to Baltimore. You may send remaining balance of 500.00 francs.

 1960 Oct 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Peggy Guggneheim

Subject: Suggests AW pay for purchase in US (Richier Tauromachie) in trade for Giacometti to reduce that price for BMA.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Giacometti file.

 1960 Oct 28 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 42

Scope and Contents

Letter from Peggy Guggenheim to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Has already paid for Richier Tauromachie and in any case it would be unfair to sell Giacometti for less than other purchasers paid. As it is the last to be sold please notify her of decision.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Giacometti file.

George Rickey 

 1964 Nov 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 43

Scope and Contents

Letter from Staempfli Gallery, NY to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Rickey asked Staempfli to write regarding possibilities of commissioning work. Lists choices AW has narrowed it down to. Will complete sculpture by June 1, 1965, install himself with down payment, amount depending on choice of sculpture.

 1964 Nov 12 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 43

Scope and Contents

Letter from George Rickey to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Enclosing photos of tall pieces similar to JW commission. Piece would be about 10 feet high; height of base determined when installed.

 1964 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   1 43

Scope and Contents

Photographs: Three Lines (2 prints), Five Lines (Parallel Planes, Column III, Summer III.

Auguste Rodin 

 1957 Apr 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Letter from Mme. C. Goldsheider to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Price of clothed version of Bourgeois de Calais is 3.500.000 francs or $10,000. Other concern is an error in the price quoted you for nude version, the correct price: 3.000.000 francs. Transport, packing, and insurance from Musee Rodin to Baltimore 370.000 francs. In French.

 1957 Sep 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to C. Goldsheider

Subject: Now that it is fall and foundries are back from vacation, when can AW expect cast of Balzac to be shipped.

 1957 Sep 30 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to C. Goldsheider

Subject: Second inquiry about the shipment of Balzac, when AW can expect it.

 1957 Oct 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Letter/statement from Goldsheider/Musee Rodin, Paris to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: 1 cast in bronze of Etude pour Balzac nude large model, Rudier Foundry costs $3000. Payment to Banque Lazard, Paris. Shipment directly to Baltimore.

 1962 Jul 31 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Letter from Peter Selz/MoMA, NY to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Request for loan of Balzac Nude. MoMA in process of organizing major retrospective from April-December 1963 to open at California Palace of the Legion of Honor October-November 1963. Requests photos for catalogue. Would need piece by March 25; MoMA would pay all transport costs.

 1962 Aug 8 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alicia Legg/MoMA, NY to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Acknowledges receipt of loan form from AW; lists specifics of insurance and shipping in order for piece to arrive by March 25.

 [1963?] 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Loan form Lender: Wurtzburgers To: MoMA, NY

Loan of Balzac for MoMA exhibition April 29, 1963 through September 8, 1963, continuing on to California Palace of the Legion of Honor mid-October through November 1963. Piece insured for $10,000.

 1963 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   1 44

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry Checklisting for pieces in MoMA Rodin show 1963 including Balzac (Nude).

Existence and Location of Originals

For original see Publicity series.

Oskar Schlemmer 

 1962 Apr 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Mentions that gallery is holding Schlemmer available for AW until decision is announced in May.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

 1962 May 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Please advise regarding decision on Schlemmer sculpture still available here if AW wants it for BMA.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

 1962 May 17 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

 1962 May? 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Will allow a 10% museum discount on Abstract Figure; proposes 2 more purchases for AW.

 1962 Jun 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Fischer/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Discussion of Schlemmer sculpture; edition of 7, this is No. 3 (5 of the 7 will be for sale); documentation of piece in book by Gideo- Waelker; cast by Noack of Berlin in stainless steel; perhaps Tut Schlemmer could offer opinion of cast for him.

 1962 Jun 15 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Hermann Noack to Mr. Fischer Subject: Confirmation that Rundplastik (Abstract Figure) is bronze which has been nickel-plated; 3 of an edition of 7; nickel-plate gives sculpture appearance of stainless steel painted with black matte lacquer as well as lower base. In German. Photocopy of original.

 1962 Jun 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Acknowledges receipt of Noack letter from foundry explaining details of Abstract Figure casting.

 1962 Jul 2 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Receipt of AW confirmation to purchase Abstract Figure. Will send piece directly to Baltimore and forward letters from Tut Schlemmer and Noack about the sculpture.

 1962 Jul 10 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Dieter Keller to Marlborough Fine Art, London

Subject: Confirmation that Schlemmer Abstract Figure is 3/7; written for Frau Schlemmer who is ill. In German. Copy of original.

 1962 Jul 18 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Letter from Kirkman/Marlborough Fine Art, London to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Enclosing 2 letters, one from Frau Schlemmer and one from Noack confirming details of Schlemmer Abstract Figure; Frau Schlemmer had letter written for her, she is in hospital.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Moore file.

 1962 Dec 27 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Loan form received from the Wurtzburgers to the BMA

Subject: Abstract Figure loaned along with Epstein Venus for exhibition from January 15-February 10, 1963; received by registrar David McIntyre.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original form see Epstein file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 1

Scope and Contents

Catalog entry checklisting of Abstract Figure in Pennsylvania State University Cubism exhibition catalogue.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

David Smith 

 1959 Nov 14 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Receipt of payment from Harold Diamond to Janal Foundation

Subject: Lists price, brief description, and citation in catalogue of Arc Wing.

 1961 Nov 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras/Galleria Odyssia to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Lauding sculpture garden at Timberlane, the way the “lyrical Smith” leads into the other pieces.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Somiani file.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Regarding loan of JW pieces for February 1966 exhibition; mentions visit to measure pieces at Timberlane; requests publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger Subject: Lists Frank Titelman pieces which will be loaned to supplement JW pieces in above-mentioned exhibition; will bring slides of recent Cubism show with JW works on next visit.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing list of pieces to be loaned for above-mentioned exhibition; please supply the missing information about artists’ dates titles of pieces, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry: Catalogue of pieces in above-mentioned exhibition, including Arc Wing.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

 1966 Dec 30 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 2

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry form from MoMA to the Wurtzburgers

Subejct: Entry form for Arc Wing to be included in David Smith, a catalogue to be written by Cleve Gray, published by MoMA. Form completed by JW and returned to Rosalind Krauss of Fogg Art Museum.

Francesco Somaini 

 1960 Oct 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Federico Somaini to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Odyssia asked that photo of Addio be sent to you. Am also enclosing photo of Magritte painting available in Rome. Full information appears on backs of photos.

 1961 Nov 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras/Galleria Odyssia to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Photos of Orizzontale which AW expressed interest in last fall and larger piece Addio available in bronze now on exhibition in Paris Biennale and on back cover of last issue of l’Oeil: $5000. Unsure of Orizzontale’s price; on sale in Boston for $4000, but can discount to you. Somaini enjoying great success; lists places where pieces sold; this explains the difference in price since last meeting.

 1961 Nov 30 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras/Galleria Odyssia to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Because she wants Orizzontale to go to AW/BMA she will offer 25% reduction: $3000 – same as Walker Art Center just paid for similar piece. She will also pay shipment to Baltimore.

 1961 Dec 12 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Received word that Somaini piece at Pittsburgh International was sold for $4000 and Walker paid $3000 for theirs. Will sell to you for $2500 plus transportation expenses from Boston to Baltimore after exhibition closes in Boston December 22.

 1962 Jan 3 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Somaini sculpture being shipped to AW from ICA/Boston this week. ICA has notified that wooden base was cracked; Skouras will pay for repairs.

 1962 Jan 16 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Loan form received from Alan Wurtzburger to the BMA

Subject: Indefinite loan of Orrizontale to about June 1, 1962. Lists dimensions, specifics of the piece, condition. Received by David McIntyre, registrar.

 1962 Jan 19 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Lillian B. Kimball/Galleria Odyssia to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Have you had cracked base of Somaini piece repaired? Have filed claim with our insurance company to cover damage and they need bill of repair. Please send copy.

 1962 Jan 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Lillian B. Kimball

Subject: Have done nothing to repair base of Somaini sculpture. As wood is split, thought most logical to make a new base. Will discuss with BMA where piece is presently located.

 1962 Jun 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Odyssia Skouras to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Spoke with Somaini about small bronze Omaggio al Cielo. He prefers not to tilt, will send as is to Skouras. As soon as it is received, will forward via air along with instructions as to how to clean.

 1962 Jul 9 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Shipping invoice from Samuel Shapiro & Co., Baltimore

Subject: 1 cs. statue arriving via air Alitalia; breakdown of shipping charges; Bureau of Customs form attached: date of exportation from Italy: June 30, 1962. Invoice #: 87702.

 1965 Oct 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Regarding loan of JW pieces for February 1966 exhibition including Somaini piece; mentions visit to measure pieces at Timberlane; requests publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger Subject: Lists Frank Titelman pieces which will be loaned to supplement JW pieces in above-mentioned exhibition; will bring slides of recent Cubism show with JW works on next visit.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing list of pieces to be loaned for above-mentioned exhibition; please supply the missing information about artists’ dates titles of pieces, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Catalogue entry Subject: Catalogue of pieces in above-mentioned exhibition, including The Wave by Somaini.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

 [1961?] 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Magazine reproduction Subject: Back cover of l’Oeil Skouras mentioned in earlier letter Illustrating Addio as advertisement for Galleria Odyssia.

 [1961] 


    Box Folder
Graphic materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Photographs Subject: Orizzontale, 5 prints; different angles

 1962 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 3

Scope and Contents

Catalogue Subject: Collection of Somaini’s work at Galleria Odyssia, Rome. Includes reproductions and checklist of works; short biography.

Zoltan Szekessy 

 1955 Apr 6 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alex Vömel/Galerie Alex Vömel to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Introduces Szekessy’s work Liegender Knabe, its dimensions and price. Thinks it would please AW; must note that stick boy carries in both hands and mouth is made of wood but the joining of wood/bronze is smooth. In German.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Barlach file.

 1955 Apr 18 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alex Vömel/Galerie Alex Vömel to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Understood correctly, Szekessy’s bronze, Liegender Knabe is 18 cm. long and I would entrust it to you for $100. In German.

 1955 Apr 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

Scope and Contents

Invoice from Galerie Alex Vömel to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Small bronze sculpture, Liegender Knabe sold to AW for $100.

 1955 Apr 26 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 4

Scope and Contents

Customs form Subject: State Liegender Knabe left Dusseldorf on above date from Galerie Alex Vömel destined for Baltimore. Lists weight and value: $100; 1 package.

 Undated 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Magazine clippings Subject: Photo of Liegender and photo of Zoltan Szekessy.

Alberto Viani 

 1958 Nov 7 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 5

Scope and Contents

Letter from Rene Pandelaers to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Lists works added to the Kunsthistorisches Musea including a torso by Viani.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Brancusi file.

Ossip Zadkine 

 1957 May 8 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Ossip Zadkine

Subject: Acknowledges receipt of Zadkine’s letters describing cast of sculpture May, 1940: The Destroyed City. Request to revise price in light of museum discount.

 1957 May 10 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Glad to inform you that letter to Zadkine was posted in time. Saw owner of his work Le Vielle Detruite in Holland, hope to receive satisfactory answer concerning it; will keep you informed. Post Script: word from Zadkine/Holland owners that license to make cast of above- stated work granted.

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Andre Susse

Subject: Has instructed Zadkine to proceed with work under discussion. Susse should hear shortly.

 1957 May 13 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Alan Wurtzburger to Ossip Zadkine

Subject: Formal request to proceed with casting of May, 1940: The Destroyed City and deliver at earliest possible date to Baltimore free of expenses for price: 1,300,000 francs.

 1957 May 17 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Ossip Zadkine to Mr. Wurtzburger Subject: Plaster cast AW saw of May, 1940: The Destroyed City was on its way to be included in exhibition: Memorial des Deportes at Rennes Britany Museum. Cast will then go to foundry to be cast in bronze by lost-wax process. Ready by July 15, 1957. Photocopy of original.

 1957 Jun 4 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Bronze statue being cast (Zadkine’s May, 1940: The Destroyed City) will commence as plaster cast delivered today; expect October delivery.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Laurens file.

 1957 Jun 25 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Susse Frères to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Zadkine has touched up wax of his sculpture in foundry; hope to be able to send bronze May, 1940: The Destroyed City by July’s end.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Richier file.

 1957 Jul 22 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Ossip Zadkine to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Bronze statue being cast (upper body); Zadkine has chosen “dark clear” patina; will darken with oxidation/climactic conditions. Should be ready by end of week; asks for AW opinion upon delivery. Photocopy of original.

 1957 Sep 7/8? 


    Book Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Letter from Ossip Zadkine to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Zadkine has been in Carrara, Italy as part of international jury for an exhibition. Will be at country house for a few weeks; asks that payment be made for May, 1940: The Destroyed City by a Parisian bank if possible. Photocopy of original.

 1957 Sep 17 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from David Kleiner to Alan Wurtzburger

Subejct: Confirms sale of May, 1940: The Destroyed City for 1,800,000 francs. Payment to be divided between Zadkine and Susse Frères. Delivery date: on/before September 24, 1957. Acknowledges receipt of AW check in full amount, US dollars.

 1957 Sep 17 


    Box Folder
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Scope and Contents

Letter from Robert J. Redmond/Dutch American Mercantile Corp. to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Acknowledgement of receipt of AW check in amount of $4063.21 US in David Kleiner’s name.

 1957 Sep 23 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

Scope and Contents

Receipt from Ossip Zadkine to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Acknowledges receipt of 1,300,000 French francs. In French. Photocopy of original.

 1957 Sep 24 


    Box Folder
Mixed materials   2 6

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Letter from O. Zadkine to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Received payment of 1,300,000 francs today; reported payment to Robinot, shipper of sculpture to Baltimore. Robinot states Office des Changes will require payment of 500,000 French francs by check in order for sculpture (May, 1940: The Destroyed City) to be sent. Asks AW to send this check to Parisian bank; Zadkine will keep this sum and return to AW on next visit. Photocopy of original.

 1957 Oct 12 


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Letter from O. Zadkine to Mr. Wurtzburger

Subject: Zadkine anxious about person to whom he will give check for 500,000 French francs. Inquires re AW opinion of sculpture, assures AW of patina changes to occur with exposure to climactic conditions. Photocopy of original.

 1957 Oct 17 


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Letter from David Kleiner to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Received word that 500,000 French francs have been received from Zadkine. Mentions enclosure of Dutch-American Mercantile Corp. check on his behalf for $2188.18.

 1957 Oct 18 


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Check from Alan Wurtzburger to Ossip Zadkine

Subject: Copy of check for 500,000 French francs from AW to Zadkine drawn on the Chase Manhattan Bank of Paris.

 1958 Jan 15 


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Loan form received from Alan Wurtzburger to the BMA (Jean Bodenstein, Registrar) Subject: Confirmation of receipt of Zadkine work: Monument to a Destroyed City (delivered by owner without packing or pedestal for BMA exhibition: Baltimore Museum Collections and Loans from 26 January through 16 Februrary, 1958). Receipt #: 3614.

 1965 Oct 4 


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Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subejct: Regarding loan of JW pieces for February 1966 exhibition including Zadkine piece; mentions visit to measure pieces at Timberlane; requests publicity photos.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Nov 1 


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Letter from Richard Fraenkel/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger Subject: Lists Frank Titelman pieces which will be loaned to supplement JW pieces in above-mentioned exhibition; will bring slides of recent Cubism show with JW works on next visit.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1965 Dec 14 


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Letter from Barbara Donley/Pennsylvania State University to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Enclosing list of pieces to be loaned for above-mentioned exhibition; please supply the missing information about artists’ dates titles of pieces, etc.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original letter see Archipenko file.

 1966 


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Catalogue entry Subject: Catalogue of pieces in above-mentioned exhibition, including May, 1940: The Destroyed City.

Existence and Location of Originals

For original catalogue see Publicity series.

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Photographs/postcards Subject: 5 photo postcards of May, 1940: The Destroyed City; different angles of the piece sited in Rotterdam.

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General Collection and Policy Information   0.1 Linear feet ; .2 boxes

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Series 2, General Collection and Policy Information, contains materials related to the Wurtzburgers’ collections, but not specifically related to works by a particular artist. It includes a few documents about works not in the sculpture collection as well as financial statements from the Janal Foundation.

 1957 Dec 13 


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Loan form received from Mr. Alan Wurtzburger to the BMA (Jean Bodenstein, Registrar) Subject: Indefinite loan of 1 Japanese sculpture: Figure of a Standing Man “Haniwa style”. Lists condition and history.

 1958 Nov 15 


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Invoice from James G. Pennypacker, Reading, PA to the Wurtzburgers

Subject: Lists a variety of antiques acquired at auction.

 1960 Jan 1 


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Financial statement Subject: Lists 20 sculptures in collection; current assets and liabilities and complete recapitulation of operation: Janal Foundation.

 1960 Aug 11 


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Letter from Board of Burgomaster/Alderman, Stad Antwerpen to Alan Wurtzburger

Subject: Asks AW to draw up a list of sculpture in the US worthy of being included in the 6th Biennial in Middelheim Park, 1961 which will be dedicated to the sculpture of American and South America. Will appreciate his recommendations to the selection board.

 1961 Jan 1 


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Financial statement Subject: Lists 22 sculptures owned by Janal Foundation and full recapitulation of operation.

 1962 


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Listing Subject: Index card listing of sculptures owned by Janal Foundation; those purchased in 1962 and separate cards for each sculpture listing artist, date, price, date acquired.

 1963 Jul 12 


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Letter from Blades & Rosenfeld to Ralph Colin/Art Dealers Association of America

Subject: Have forwarded Colin’s letter and enclosures to JW’s residence. She is away in Europe for several weeks; she will supply with the required information upon her return.

 1963 Dec 17 


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Letter from Ralph Colin/Art Dealers Association of America to Mrs. Wurtzburger

Subject: Appraisals of 7 works (proposed gift to the BMA in 1963): Bourdelle, Epstein, Hepworth, Manzu, Negri, Schlemmer, Somaini. The appraisals are made by a panel and are believed to be fair market values.

 1964 Feb 11 


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Loan form received from the BMA to the Wurtzburgers Subject: An indefinite loan of Oceanic Bowl with figure (Philippine Islands) from BMA collection to JW from 11 Februrary, 1964 to 1 December. Registrar: William L. Hommel.

 1966 Jul 


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Accessions report Subject: A list of sculptures recommended for acceptance by BMA, all of which are Gift of the Janal Foundation. Pencil note in margin states that all have not been given, still owned by Wurtzburgers; Moores among others. Signed by Registrar: William L. Hommel.

 1966 Jul 14 


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Letter from Moses Rosenfeld/Blades & Rosenfeld to Janet Wurtzburger

Subject: JW had requested a list of items not owned by Janal Foundation. Finds no such list. Only have a list of items owned as shown on tax returns and Alan’s will; trusts this will serve her purpose.

 1966 Jul 14 


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Letter from John Avirett/Board of Trustees BMA to the Janal Foundation

Subject: Acknowledges receipt of Deed of Gift in July for entire outdoor collection of sculpture; reassuring that AW’s intentions have been carried out. Until the Museum can properly display the pieces will remain in current location. Copy of Deed of Gift attached.

 1968 Jul 3 


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Letter from Alexander and Alexander to David McIntyre/BMA Subject: Regarding fine arts insurance and the complexities of an out- of-doors policy; recommendations for the best way to proceed. 2 photocopies of letter and listing of sculptures attached with values notes.

 1968 Jul 29 


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Letter from Moses Rosenfeld/Blades & Rosenfeld to Janet Wurtzburger

Subject: Photographic rights regarding the designer of the premises, James C. Rose. Claims by Rose that he retains exclusive right to photograph portions of the premises; difference subtleties regarding right to sell or publish photos; lays out his advice.

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Schedule of works of outdoor sculpture, listing the artists and titles of 32 works.

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Proof sheet Subject: Sculpture in the garden at Timberlane.

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Publicity   0.1 Linear feet ; .2 boxes

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Series 3, Publicity, contains publications, clippings, and invitations relating to the exhibition of works from the Wurtzburgers’ collection.

 1954 Oct  


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Article

Subject: Gallery Notes, a museum publication announcing upcoming exhibitions at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, October 1954. Lists the Wurtzburger Collection of African Sculpture, its bearing on modern art and a bit of history on the Wurtzburgers in conjunction with an exhibition to open.

 1956 Feb 27 


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 1958 


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Article Subject: Page from a tourist magazine or possibly Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage brochure listing Timberlane as one of the stops on Green Spring Valley Day; a tour of the more fascinating homes in the area.

 1963 May 25 


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Article Subject: “A Happening,” May 25, 1963 Sun. Two shows put on by artist Dan Basen, student at the Maryland Institute at the Wurtzburgers’ barn. By R.H. Gardner.

 1963 


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Catalogue Subject: Rodin, a catalogue of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition from April 29-September 8, 1963. Balzac was loaned to MoMA.

 1963 


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Invitation Subject: The BMA membership invited to Timberlane on Sunday, May 12, 1963 to view garden of modern sculpture.

 1964 


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Catalogue Subject: Cubism, Selected Works, a catalogue of the exhibition held at The Pennsylvania State University from November1-November 30, 1964. An African Mask, work by Lipchitz, and Schlemmer loaned for exhibition.

 1966 


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Catalogue Subject: 20th Century Sculpture, a catalogue of the exhibition held at the Pennsylvania State University from February 4-28, 1966. A number of Janal Foundation pieces loaned in combination with the collection of Frank Titelman.

 1966 


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Invitation Subject: BMA membership invited to a members’ afternoon at Timberlane on Sunday, May 8, 1966 to view the garden of modern sculpture.

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