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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 26, June 25, 2006, Article 8

MORE ON THE COUNT FERRARI COLLECTION

Bob Leonard writes: "Karel Langenaken is correct that Count Ferrari
is referenced in that work so essential to all numismatic bibliomaniacs,
Elvira Clain-Stefanelli's Numismatic Bibliography.  There are seven
references to him in the index (p. 1723), to various auctions by
Ciani and others.  This is too long a list to give in full here, but
Mr. Langenaken should have no difficulty locating a copy of this book."

[Note that Clain-Stefanelli's Numismatic Bibliography is not to be
confused with her preliminary work, the "Select Numismatic Bibliography"
of 1965.  The full "Numismatic Bibliography" was published in 1984.
-Editor]

Chris Faulkner writes: "The collection was sold by Sotheby, Wilkinson
& Hodge in London over five days from March 27 to March 31, 1922.
However, the title of the sale does not mention Ferrari by name, but
(famously) reads as follows: “Catalogue of the Famous and Remarkable
Collection of British and Colonial Coins, Patterns & Proofs From
George III to the Present Day, Formed by A Nobleman, Recently Deceased.”
The catalogue of the sale comprises 710 lots and 15 plates. It is
fairly scarce."

Douglas Saville of Spink writes: "Baron Philippe de Ferrari La
Renotiere's magnificent collection of British and Colonial Coins,
Patterns and Proofs from George III to the present day..... was sold
by Sotheby, in London 27-31 March, 1922. The (unnamed) catalogue states
the collection was formed by "A Nobleman, Recently Deceased". The
catalogue comprises lots, and 17 plates..........he had other sales
of French and ancient coins....... held in Paris."

Ronald Greene writes: "You might pass on to your enquirer, that I
have a copy of the “Nobleman” sale by Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge,
from March 1922.  Mine is hardbound and the leather label states
“Count Ferrari”

In an E-Sylum first, Bruno Collin of Paris, France forwarded the
following information on Ferrari, in French (pay attention!):
"Philipp la Renotière von Ferrary (né le 11 janvier 1850 à Paris -
mort le 20 mai 1917 à Lausanne) est un célèbre collectionneur de
timbres-poste à plusieures nationalités dont l'autrichienne, né et
résidant en l'hôtel Matignon à Paris.

Fils de Raffaele de Ferrari, duc de Galliera et prince de Lucedio
et de la duchesse née Maria de Brignole-Sale. Au moment du décès
de son père, il renonçait à tous les titres et utilisait le
pseudonyme de Ferrary.

Collectionneur dès sa jeunesse, il utilise sa fortune pour se
procurer les timbres les plus rares. Il habitait Paris et voyageait
souvent pour rencontrer des marchands de timbres qu'il payait rubis
sur l'ongle.

Soucieux de rendre sa collection accessible au public, il en fait
don au musée postal de Berlin, le 30 janvier 1915. Cependant, étant
citoyen autrichien vivant en France pendant la Première Guerre
mondiale, il s'exile en Suisse, en laissant ses albums de timbres
à l'ambassade d'Autriche à Paris.

Après la guerre et la mort de Ferrary, le gouvernement français
confisque sa collection comme réparation de guerre. L'ensemble est
dispersé au cours de 14 ventes pendant les années 1920.

Parmi les timbres rarissimes qu'il a possédés, s'est trouvé
l'unique Tre skilling jaune suédois."

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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