Rudolf von Strasser (1919-2014) Estate
Auction: 19-22 June
Rudolf Strasser von Gyorvar was born in 1919 in Preßburg and studied world trade in Vienna. In 1940 he was arrested by the Gestapo as a member of the Austrian resistance movement and spent the time until the end of the war in prison. After his liberation by the US Army, he worked as a journalist, was active in the Chamber of Commerce and eventually became press advisor to Federal Chancellor Julius Raab. In 1954 he moved to New York and went to Wall Street. Two years later he married Daisy Chorin, who had come to New York from Budapest during the war, and built up his glass collection with her.
The constant exchange with glass collectors, dealers and museums in Europe, as well as the presidency of the Fellows of the Corning Museum of Glass in New York State, provided a suitable platform for building up the collection, his own research and publications. After his return to Vienna, large parts of his collection, comprising a total of 400 glasses from 4 centuries, were exhibited for the first time in 2002 in the Vienna Kunstkammer under the title "Light and Colour. Decorated Glass. Renaissance, Baroque and Biedermeier" was presented to the public. After the end of the exhibition, the 310 Renaissance and Baroque glasses were transferred to the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. Today they are exhibited in the Kunstkammer and in Ambras Castle. The Biedermeier glass and porcelain were acquired by the Princely Collections of Liechtenstein.
This fulfilled Strasser's intention to preserve for posterity his important collection, which he had built up over decades.
Antiques: lots 1335 to 1371
Old Masters: lots 2166 to 2182
19th century paintings: lots 2501 to 2535
19th Century Paintings: Lot 2501 to 2535
Auction: 20 June, 4pm