Album of designs for silver vessels and figurines

Designed by Rosenau & Co. German
Anonymous, German, 20th century German

Not on view

Album containing small photographs of silversmiths' work, most with a number and indication of weight, and often captured with a scale for size. Several of the photos have been marked with a red or a blue cross, quires with pages taken from other albums are also housed in the album.

In total nine albums from the firm of Rosenau & Co. are part of the collection. The firm was founded by Simon Rosenau (1839-1920) in 1862 and continued by his relation Simon Hermann Rosenau (1861-1943). Originating from Bad Kissingen, the Rosenau firm set up shops in Munich and Paris. In the 1920s, Simon Hermann was appointed court jeweler. He continued the business until the late 1920s or early 1930s when the political situation in Germany became untenable. The family fled from Munich in 1933 and took up permanent residence in Paris until the French capital was occupied. While they managed an escape to Nice, in 1943 they were apprehended and deported to Auschwitz where Simon Hermann and his wife Paula passed away.

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