1st Millennium B.C
Brafa, Brussels 2019
Charles Gillet (1879–1972) was the son of a prominent French industrialist and came to run the family’s businesses, which became the important chemical firm Rhône-Poulenc. The great wealth he amassed as head of the family gave Gillet the freedom to pursue collecting in a variety of arts, including antiquities and numismatics. Gillet was known to have formed his collection with a keen eye for beauty, rarity, and quality.
He was a close friend of Madam Marion Schuster, who was Baroness von Goldschmidt-Rothschild through marriage to Albert von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, one of the largest and most influential families in Germany at the time. She was a collector of fine art and antiquities herself, and obtained a number of items from Charles Gillet.
This collection was then inherited by descent by her four children Lucie (Burki), Karl, Nadine (Von Mauthner) and Mathilde.
Charles Gillet (1879-1972) Collection.
Baroness Goldschmidt-Rothschild (nee. Marion Schuster, 1902-1982), collection inv. no. 293.
Thence by descent to Nadine von Mauthner (nee. von Goldschmidt-Rothschild, 1927-2011) collection, Frankfurt.
Accompanied by signed affidavit from Mr J.P Froidevaux, grandson of Marion Schuster and a photo of the piece in the house of Nadine von Mauthner.