Significant Collectors Of Silver
In this context of the nineteenth and the early twentieth century, important collectors around Europe were famous for their impressive silver collections, which were often presented in a historicizing environment. These collectors were also a reference in the art world and formed the taste for the one or the other objects.
One of the influential and world-wide known collectors based in Munich was the German mathematician with Jewish descent, Alfred Pringsheim (1850-1941) – father-in-law of the writer Thomas Mann (1875-1955). Alfred Pringsheim was not a simple collector, rather an art lover, who carefully bought not only silver objects, but also majolica, paintings and other art works. His silver collection – gathering a bit more than 100 pieces – was very tastefully presented and showed love for rare European pieces and preference for the Renaissance period.
The wonderful pieces of the silver collection of Alfred Pringsheim have all met an adventurous destiny during the Nazi-Socialist Era and the Second World War. Having been confiscated by the Gestapo, acquired by the Bayerisches Nationalmuseum (National Bavarian Museum) and finally returned to the rightful heirs of Pringsheim after Second World War, they are actually spread in collections and museums around the world. Helga Matzke during its existence possessed several silver objects from the collection of Pringsheim, which ended then in private and public collections. In summer 2016, an important German museum could acquire from us such a silver beaker, formerly in the Pringsheim collection.