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Dr Robert Forrer

Tile, earthenware with line-impressed decoration, German, about 1250-1275, formerly in the collection of Robert Forrer

Tile, earthenware with line-impressed decoration, German, about 1250-1275, formerly in the collection of Robert Forrer

Robert Forrer (1866-1947) corresponded frequently with the Victoria and Albert Museum between 1893 and 1920, offering for sale a wide variety of medieval and Renaissance artefacts.

A Swiss archaeologist, antiquarian and collector based in Strasburg, Germany, Robert Forrer offered mostly European objects, including textiles, jewellery, medallions, books, tiles, clocks, furniture, ironwork and miscellaneous items. Many of these items, although not all, were subsequently purchased by the Museum. In 1899 he offered 1200 specimens of early textiles, which the Museum purchased for £700. In his report on the collection, the Museum’s art referee, J.H. Pollen, remarked that when coupled with the Bock Collection (already owned by Museum), 'this series of examples would completely furnish the Victoria and Albert Museum as a school of design in this beautiful class of sumptuary art', an opinion endorsed by another art referee, Walter Crane.


Information in the V&A Archive

MA/1/F965/1-4: Nominal file – Dr R. Forrer

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