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LISZT, Franz (1811-1886). Hungarian composer and pianist.
Document Signed, in German, a contract for the dowry of his daughter, Blandine, 7 pages folio (some dust-staining, and small splits professionally repaired), 4 January 1858. With official wafer seals and signatures. Signed also by Blandine and her husband Oliver Êmile Ollivier.

Franz Liszt had three children by Marie d'Agoult, whom he never married, Blandine (1835-1862, the subject of the present document); Cosima (1837-1930, who married Hans von Bülow and Richard Wagner); and Daniel (1839-1859). This document relates to Blandine's marriage to Êmile Olliver (1825-1913, later briefly prime minister of France. Blandine herself died at the early age of 26.

Liszt guarantees Blandine 100,000 francs for herself (separately from other marriage assets) from 1 January 1858 until her death, and the interest on 60,000 francs, the capital only to be transferred to her after Liszt's death (which in the event was after her own). With a summary of the contract in French.

This contract is mentioned in a footnote to letter 73 in Franz Liszt and Agnes Street-Klindworth / a Correspondence, by Pauline Pocknell and Michael Saffle (2000), where it is stated that Ollivier himself inherited the 60,000 francs, through Princess Wittgenstein and Rothschild.

Together with other Ollivier family documents, papers relating to the history of the contract and a fine cabinet photograph By Louis Held of Weimar of Franz Liszt and eleven of his pupils.
[No: 26367]

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