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Schaeffer Galleries records, circa 1921-1982

Contents and Arrangement

This collection is arranged as 6 series.

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Series 1: Correspondence, 1933-1963
0.4 linear feet
Box 1

This series includes correspondence with collector Arthur C. Tate about his purchases of artwork and decorative arts either purchase directly from Schaeffer Galleries or arranged by Schaeffer Galleries with other dealers or galleries. The remaining correspondence is between Hanns Schaeffer and Pacific Coast director LeRoy Backus. Tate was a Connecticut based businessman and art collector who bought several drawings and paintings from Schaeffer Galleries. There are three folders of correspondence between Tate and various antique dealers and art galleries, including Schaeffer Galleries, about buying items for his personal collection. The bulk of the series consists of correspondence between LeRoy Backus and Hanns Schaeffer about their thoughts on the cost of potential acquisitions for the gallery. A few folders also contain lists of paintings and sales receipts that were attached to the correspondence.
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Letters to Arthur C. Tate, 1933-1938
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Letters to Arthur C. Tate, 1941-1946
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Letters to Arthur C. Tate, 1952-1963
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Backus, LeRoy, 1938
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Backus, LeRoy, 1939 January-March
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Backus, LeRoy, 1939 April-July
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Backus, LeRoy, 1939 August-December
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Backus, LeRoy, 1940 January-April
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Backus, LeRoy, 1940 May-December
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Backus, LeRoy, 1941
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Backus, LeRoy, 1942
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Backus, LeRoy, 1943
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Backus, LeRoy, 1944
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Backus, LeRoy, 1945
1
14
Backus, LeRoy, 1946
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15
Backus, LeRoy, 1948
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16

Series 2: Subject Files, circa 1935-circa 1980
4 folders
Box 1, 3

Scattered artists/research/subject files are on topics of interest to the Schaeffers. The files do not necessarily reflect work or artists the gallery represented. There are files for artists Pablo Picasso, Ogden Pleissner, and Hubert Robert. Files may contain biographies, articles, and miscellaneous notes. There is also a list of art from various countries.
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Picasso, Pablo, 1953
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 1.
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Pleissner, Ogden Minton, circa 1953
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Robert, Hubert, circa 1952
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List of Artwork, circa 1935-circa 1980
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Oversized Exhibition Catalog, Pablo Picasso, 1953
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 17.
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1

Series 3: Exhibition Files, 1935-1953
0.5 linear feet
Box 1, 3, OV 4

Exhibition files contain documents such as letters, notes, printed material, guest books and photographs on Schaeffer Galleries' exhibitions of European Art. Exhibits include "Great Dutch Masters" and "Contemporary Spanish Paintings" as well as group exhibitions of self-portraits, landscapes and drawings by Old Masters. Schaeffer Galleries also held exhibits on specific artists such as Frans Hals and Piero di Cosimo. There is one folder for an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Art which displayed art by Old Masters loaned from Schaeffer Galleries.
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"The Great Dutch Masters: Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Hobbema, Pieter de Hooch, and Others," 1936 December 1-30, 1936
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"Early German Art," February 12-March 13, circa 1936
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"Rembrandt," 1937 April 1-15, 1937
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23
"Paintings by Frans Hals," 1937 November 9-23
Correspondence, 1935-1937
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24
Correspondence, 1937
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Correspondence, 1937-1938
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26
Guest Book, 1937
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27
Guest Book, 1937
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28
List of Patrons, 1937
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29
Miscellaneous, 1937
Folder includes an inventory list for the exhibition, a poster and announcements. Oversized material is housed in Box 3, Folder 2.
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30
San Francisco Museum of Art, "Loan Exhibition of Old Masters: lent by the Schaeffer Galleries of New York," 1938 March 1-18, 1938-1952
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31
"American Landscapes by Constance Coleman Richardson," 1938 March 29-April 15, 1938
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"Piero di Cosimo," 1938 November 8-December 6, 1938
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"Dutch Painting: 17 Masterpieces of the 17th Century," 1939 February 3-March 15, 1939
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34
"Self-Portraits," 1940 April 2-30, 1939-1940
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35
"Master Drawings: 15th to the 19th Century," 1941 March 25-April 26, 1941
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36
"Gems of Baroque Painting," 1942 January 27-February 28, 1942
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37
"Peter Paul Rubens," 1942 November 23-December 19, 1942
Oversized material housed in OV 4.
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38
"Four Artists Underground: Gisele van der Gracht, Peter Goldschmidt, Simon van Keulen, Harry op het Veld," 1946 June 4-30, 1946
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"Selected Drawings: 15th-19th Centuries", circa 1951
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40
"Contemporary Spanish Paintings," 1953 January 20-February 7, 1952-1953
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Oversized Exhibition Poster, Frans Hals, 1937
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 30.
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2
Oversized Exhibition Catalog Draft, Peter Paul Rubens, 1942
Oversized material from Box 1, Folder 38.
OV 4

Series 4: Arthur C. Tate Purchase Records, 1932-1963
4 folders
Box 1

This series consists of receipts and invoices for purchases made by Arthur C. Tate, either from Schaeffer Galleries or through Schaeffer Galleries for other dealers and galleries. There are a few receipts for art, but the bulk of the sales were for decorative arts.
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Arthur C. Tate Purchase Records, 1932-1939
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Arthur C. Tate Purchase Records, 1940-1947
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Arthur C. Tate Purchase Records, 1952-1959
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Arthur C. Tate Purchase Records, 1960-1963
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Series 5: Printed Material, 1938-1957
0.5 linear feet
Box 2-3

Printed materiasl include a disbound scrapbook containing news clippings about artists and exhibitions, exhibition catalogs and invitations from other galleries, bulletins, and a guest book.
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Disbound Scrapbook, 1942-1955
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folders 3-7.
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Guest Book, 1946-1954
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News Clippings, 1938
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Exhibition Catalogs and Announcements, 1955, circa 1951-1957
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Los Angeles Museum Bulletins, 1938
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Oversized Disbound Scrapbook, 1942-1955
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 1.
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3-7

Series 6: Photographs, 1921-1982
3 folders
Box 2-3

There are eighteen black & white photographs of assorted artwork, mostly portraits and landscapes by Dutch, Flemish and German painters from the 16th through 18th centuries. A few photographs have annotations typed in German. There is also one black & white photograph of the painter Ann Phillips.
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Portraits by Hans Brosamer, 1921-1929
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Hubert Robert Portrait by Jean-Honore Fragonard, circa 1925-1940
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17th Century Dutch Paintings, circa 1925-1942
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8
Flemish Baroque Paintings, circa 1942
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Landscapes and Still Lifes by Unidentified Artists, circa 1925-1940
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10
Photograph of Ann Phillips, circa 1940-1982
Oversized material housed in Box 3, Folder 8.
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11
Oversized Photograph of Ann Phillips, circa 1940-1982
Oversized material from Box 2, Folder 11.
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8

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