Lillian Thomas Pratt personal papers, 1932-1947

Pratt, Lillian Thomas, 1876?-


2 boxes (15 folders), 1 oversize item and 1 binder.
12 ln. in.
Arranged in 4 series: 1. Schaffer Collection, 1934-1947, n.d. -- 2. Hammer Galleries, 1933-1945, n.d. -- 3. Estate, 1947, n.d. -- 4. Clippings, 1932-1937, n.d..
The collection documents the formation of the Lillian Thomas Pratt Collection of Fabergé decorative artworks at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Bequeathed to the museum upon her death in 1947, Pratt's Fabergé collection consistently remains one of the highlights of the museum's permanent collection. Pratt purchased most of her Fabergé collection from the Schaffer Collection and Hammer Galleries, both of New York City, in the 1930s and 1940s. Comprised of correspondence, invoices, price tags, and detailed item descriptions, this collection illuminates Pratt's mind as a collector, as well as her relationship with one of her dealers, Alexander Schaffer.
The collection's inclusive dates are 1932-1947, with the bulk of the material dating from 1933-1945. The collection is comprised of correspondence, invoices, price tags, item descriptions, exhibition labels, estate tax information and inventories, and newspaper clippings.
There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Finding aids to personal papers and special collections are available in the repository.

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