Hans Ottomeyer, French gilt bronze scholar: papers

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 1807 OTTO
  • Dates of Creation
      c. 1980 - c. 1987
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English German
  • Physical Description
      c. 75 boxes

Scope and Content

Photographs used in 'Vergoldete Bronzen' and other photographs compiled by Ottomeyer during the course of his research, nearly all the photographs have an information sheet attached. The Archive also contains other materials including photocopies of articles, copies of original documents, personal photographs, contact sheets and negatives, and guide books.

Administrative / Biographical History

Professor Hans Ottomeyer (1946- ) is an art historian specialising in French gilt bronze. He has worked at the Munich City Museum (as Curator and Head of the Furniture Department), the State Museums of Kassel (as Director) and the Foundation Deutsches Historisches Museum in Berlin (as General Director).

He has written extensively on gilt bronze and furniture. One of his books 'Vergoldete Bronzen' (Gillded Bronzes), which was written with Peter Proschel and published in 1986, has become the standard work on the subject. It also had contributions from many international scholars, including former Director of the Wallace Collection Sir Francis Watson.

Access Information

Access restricted until catalogued, contact library@wallacecollection.org for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

Readers are permitted to use cameras on the purchase of a reprographics permit. The charges are £2 for a daily or £5 for a weekly permit.


No accruals expected.

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