Bram Hertz

Diamond merchant, collector of antiquities and objets d'art

The Edinburgh Magazine of 1852 provided an unflattering description: ‘a little, round, oily-faced German ... remarkably fond of tobacco’ and gave an account of a visit to ‘the most curious repository of nick-nacks the world contains – being the gatherings of thirty years, at a cost of thirty thousand pounds’ stored ‘from cellar to garret’ at Hertz’s premises in Argyll Street and Great Marlborough Street in London. Hertz was Jewish, born in Hanover around 1794, but with connections in Frankfurt on Main. He appears to have been operating in London by at least the early 1830s, initially as a diamond merchant, but also acting as both dealer and collector. He published a catalogue of his collection in 1851.

This description was taken from an article written by Marjorie Caygill (Centre for Anthropology, British Museum) that is available online

Joseph Mayer purchased his collection in 1856 (or 1857) who resold what he did not require at Sotheby's in 1859.
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    Europe: Western Europe: Germany: Hanover
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