Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, May 10, 1937

Finance Ministry

Budapest

10th May 1937.

Dear Robert,

I have heard from our friend in Rome that Goldschmidt-WeitzmannAdolph Goldschmidt and Kurt Weitzmann, Die byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.–XIII. Jahrhunderts, vol. 2, Reliefs (Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1934). No 142Virgin and Child (Hodegetria), ivory, formerly in the Stroganoff Collection, Rome. See Adolph Goldschmidt and Kurt Weitzmann, Die byzantinischen Elfenbeinskulpturen des X.–XIII. Jahrhunderts, vol. 2, Reliefs (Berlin: Bruno Cassirer, 1934): 64, pl. 51. has been offered to him. I do not like the object, and I do not imagine that you will, but I thought I might mention it to you. Our friend does not know exactly what would be asked for it, but thinks it would be upwards of £1.000. Its quality seems to me so poor that I would not care to give anything for it, unless I could immediately sell it at a huge profit to buy something I liked with the money.

I have heard from our friend that the Lucca objectBZ.1937.18. is now incurred and immediately to be sent off, and I am having payment made for it.

Much love

Yrs

R. T.

 
Associated People: Friedrich (“Fritz”) Volbach
Associated Places: Budapest (Hungary)
Associated Artworks: BZ.1937.18