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Royall Tyler to Robert Woods Bliss, June 21, 1950

Paris, 21 June 50

Dear Robert.

I have a letter from Bustros,Elias (Elie) Bustros, an antiquities dealer in Beirut, Lebanon. dated 20 June, saying that he has heard nothing from you or D.O. about that faïence (RakkaAr-Raqqah (also spelled Rakka), a city in north-central Syria famous for its twelfth–thirteenth century blue-glazed Raqqa ceramics.) Byz. tabernacle,BZ.1950.39. and has an offer for it from London. So what is he to do?

Now, I think you should get that object.

I am replying to him, telling him that he is of course free, but that I advise him to wait a week or so before closing with London. This should give you time to cable him to hold the tabernacle,BZ.1950.39. if you wish to.

I’ve seen Jack Th. several times, & had good talks with him. He left today.

We’re in a frantic state—getting out of this place 1 July. Better go on addressing me 67 rue de Lille,67 rue de Lille, the former Hôtel Duret, constructed in 1872–1874 by David de Pénanrun. Beginning in January 1949, the building served as the Parisian headquarters of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. for the present.

I beg you to let me know as soon as your plans for coming over here harden, with dates.

Much love to both of your


R. T.

Associated People: John Seymour Thacher
Associated Artworks: BZ.1950.39