Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, April 29, 1939

29.IV.39 Geneva

Dear Robert.

On thinking over the ZahnRobert Zahn (1870–1945), a German classical archaeologist and the director of the Antikensammlung, Berlin. He was a specialist in ancient ceramics, glass, and jewelry. matter,See postscript to the letter of March 31, 1939. I remembered that F., not long ago, successfully negociated the sale & transfer to Bâle of Prof. Frankel’sProf. Frankel has not been identified. chemical library.

I therefore got F. to come over here today, and spoke to him on the matter along the lines of your letter of 31 March. He will discreetly tâter le terrain,“Test the waters.” & let me know.

He has been very ill, but is better now. I mentioned the two receipts, and he said he would send them off as soon as he returns home, in a couple of days.

He is in steady negociations about the ivories, and I may have something to report on that subject very shortly.

About Zahn:Robert Zahn (1870–1945), a German classical archaeologist and the director of the Antikensammlung, Berlin. He was a specialist in ancient ceramics, glass, and jewelry. See postscript to the letter of March 31, 1939. (1) can you give me any indication of what you’d consider a fair price? (2) Do you know what the scientific apparatus consists of, and are you sure it would be worth your taking it over? (3) Would you be able, supposing Z. were willing to march, to get a catalogue, or list, of the apparatus? (4) Would you want me to go and look it over before concluding?

Much love to you both

Yrs

R. T.

Will you kindly send me a photo of Mad.,BZ.1938.62. & one of the round Emp?BZ.1937.23.

 
Associated People: Henry Walters
Associated Artworks: BZ.1937.23; BZ.1938.62