Christoph Archibald Ludwig Friedrich Graf Douglas

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Christoph Archibald Ludwig Friedrich Graf Douglas (born 13th July 1948 in Langenstein Castle, Constance, died 9th September 2016 in Braunschweig) was a German art historian and art dealer.

Christoph was the son of the journalist Ludwig Friederick Morton Graf Douglas and Edith Ida Helene Straehl. He attended from 1955 to 1970 elementary school and a humanistic high school. He graduated from high school in Freiburg im Breisgau. He then studied history, art history and archeology in Freiburg and Brunswick from 1971 to 1975. Following his doctorate he wrote about "Konstanzer silver".

Before Douglas became self-employed in 1996 as an art consultant in Frankfurt, he worked as a long-time board member at Sotheby's Germany. He mediated art shops, inter alia, on behalf of the noble families of the Welfs (2010, 44 million euros), the Thurn and Taxis (1993, 16 million euros) and the Grand Ducal House of Baden (1995, 39.7 Million euros), from which he was a paternal descendant. In 2001, he advised Jan A. Ahlers of fashion company Ahlers on the sale of its collection expressionister works of art (estimated value between 50 and 100 million euros). Also for the Würth Foundation of the entrepreneurial family of the same name he was in 2013 when buying the Darmstadt Madonna by Hans Holbein the Younger for 53 million euros. Douglas' art advice gained further prominence for the transmission of the diaries of the Venetian writer Giacomo Casanova to the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the diaries of Alexander von Humboldt to the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in Berlin.

Douglas was a member of the board of directors of the Zähringer Foundation and a member of the Salzburg Foundation. In addition, he was a signatory of the Charter of Diversity in 2007. He lived on his estate Dauenberg between Eigeltingen and Reute in Hegau.

Rose-Maria Gropp of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung mentioned Douglas in 2008 as "the most important negotiator and mediator of the international art world".

Douglas married the interior designer Bergit, Countess Douglas from the industrialist family Oetker. They had three children:
• Marie-Catherine Beatrice Felicitas (born 1985),
• Ludwig John Patrick (born 1986) and
• Leopold Hubertus (b. 1989).

 

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