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Liliane Elisabeth Victoire Fould-Springer

Liliane Elisabeth Victoire Fould-Springer

Female 1916 - 2003  (Age: 86)    Has 4 ancestors and 3 descendants in our family tree.


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  • Name Liliane Elisabeth Victoire Fould-Springer 
    Born 11 May 1916  Paris, FranceFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 17 Feb 2003  Royaumont, Chantilly, FranceFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Obituary 21 Mar 2003 
    • The following obituary appeared in "The Telegraph" on 21 February 2003: Liliane de Rothschild, the Baroness Elie de Rothschild, who has died aged 86, was once said by her husband to be plus Rothschild que les Rothschilds; and it was true that she knew far more about his kinsmen than did he or most other members of the family, and that she was extremely knowledgeable about their extensive possessions, especially the works of art.

      Clever, sensible, resilient and humorous, Liliane de Rothschild had a good eye for pictures and a flair for design. When, in 1967, the old premises of the family bank in Paris, de Rothschild Frères, at 19 rue Laffitte, were demolished to make way for a modern, concrete structure, it was she, in collaboration with Michel Boyer, who supervised the interior decoration.

      She was also a guiding light in the decoration of the hotels and restaurants established by the French Rothschilds' enterprise PLM (an acronym deriving from two Rothschild railway companies which were merged in 1857, the Paris-Lyons and the Lyons-Méditerranée), of which Baron Elie was president. An example was the 812-room Hôtel Saint-Jacques, which opened in Paris in 1972.

      When, in the late 1950s, she and her husband moved into 11 rue Masseran, a Paris hotel built for Prince Masserano by Brongniart in 1785, Liliane de Rothschild decorated its interiors with a most effective mixture of Rothschild portraits and objets d'art, French furniture by the greatest 18th-century cabinetmakers, Old Master paintings and the 20th-century works of art that she and Baron Elie collected.

      She was born Liliane Elisabeth Victoire Fould-Springer on May 11 1916, the youngest of the four children of Baron Eugène Fould-Springer, descendant of Napoleon III's Finance Minister Achille Fould and a member of the European banking house Fould Oppenheim. Her mother Mitzi was only daughter and heiress of Baron Gustav Springer, the Austro-Hungarian industrial magnate.

      Liliane's father had started out in life as plain Monsieur Eugène Fould, but, shortly after to his engagement to Mitzi Springer, at the conclusion of an audience one day with Emperor Franz Josef, the Emperor bade him farewell with the words: "Auf wiedersehen, Baron Fould-Springer."

      According to her eldest sister Hélène ("Bubbles"), the name "Liliane" was chosen because her parents thought it pretty; "Elisabeth" was in honour of an aunt; and "Victoire" expressed the hope for victory over Germany in the Great War. The eldest of the children was Max, and the nearest in age to Liliane was Thérèse ("Poppy"), who would later marry Alan Pryce-Jones.

      The Fould-Springer children were brought up between the Palais Abbatial de Royaumont, near Chantilly, and an apartment at 54 avenue d'Iéna in Paris. The young Aline de Gunzbourg, who was later to marry Isaiah Berlin, lived in the same Paris apartment block, and became a lifelong friend of Liliane.

      The family would spend the summer in Vienna, moving in August to Hungary, where Baron Springer owned various properties; at one of these they went partridge shooting, at another the Baron kept his string of racehorses.

      In 1940, Liliane Fould-Springer left Royaumont with Bubbles and her husband, the Spanish diplomat Don Eduardo Propper de Callejon, to stay at Château de Charras, near Angoulême, with Dr Albert Metzl, director of a yeast factory established and owned by Baron Gustav Springer at Maison Alfort.

      From Charras they soon left for Spain, installing themselves at the Grand Hotel at Zaraus, the seaside town near the French border. There Liliane developed a large abscess on the end of her nose - which the local doctor thought might, if left untreated, affect her brain.

      No suitable drugs being available at Zaraus, Bubbles Propper, using her Spanish diplomatic passport, drove over the border to Biarritz for the necessary medication. She returned with it, and Liliane began to recover.

      When, later that year, Don Eduardo Propper was appointed First Secretary at the Spanish Embassy in Vichy, capital of the Unoccupied Zone of France, Bubbles rented a villa at nearby Cannes and took Liliane with her.

      In 1942 Liliane married her childhood sweetheart Elie de Rothschild, younger son of Baron Robert de Rothschild, a partner of de Rothschild Frères. The marriage took place by proxy, since Baron Elie was at the time a PoW at Colditz Castle, from where he had written to Liliane with his proposal.

      Liliane's mother (her father had by then died) was uneasy about her daughter taking the name Rothschild at a time when France was crawling with the Gestapo, but the marriage went ahead. Baron Elie gave his pledge at Colditz on October 7 1941; Liliane gave hers at Cannes Town Hall on April 7 1942, with a photograph of the groom on the table in front of her and an empty chair at her side.

      After the war, Elie and his elder brother Alain and their wives shared the house at 23 avenue de Marigny, where the brothers had grown up. The house, set in several acres of gardens a few yards away from the Elysée Palace, had been built by their grandfather, Baron Gustave de Rothschild, in 1885. Meanwhile, Baron Elie ran Château Lafite-Rothschild, the premier cru Pauillac vineyard in the Médoc.

      One post-war visitor to avenue de Marigny, Harold Acton, recalled how white-gloved footmen served the meals on "perfect Sévres with a separate vintage wine to accompany each course". Another frequent visitor, in the 1960s, was Cecil Beaton, who enjoyed the Rothschilds' hospitality while in Paris to work for French Vogue.

      Baron Elie and his wife also kept a house in London, near the Royal Hospital in Chelsea, where latterly they spent much of their time.

      In 1998, Liliane de Rothschild and her niece Elena Bonham-Carter (nee Propper de Callejon) published, privately, Bubbles Propper's memoirs, I Loved My Stay. Mme Propper had completed them, with the help of Fiona Shannon, three days before her death in June 1997.

      Liliane de Rothschild is survived by her husband, and by a son and two daughters.

    Siblings 3 siblings 
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    FOULD-SPRINGER, Liliane Elisabeth Victoire (1916-2003)
    FOULD-SPRINGER, Liliane Elisabeth Victoire (1916-2003)
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    Abbey Palace of Royaumont, near Chantilly, France
    Abbey Palace of Royaumont, near Chantilly, France
    Abbey Palace of Royaumont near Chantilly, is a late 18th-century mansion designed by Louis Le Masson for the Abbot of Royaumont, Henri Eléonore Le Cornut de Balivière, chaplain of Louis XVI. The actual abbey was destroyed in the French Revolution, but the Abbey Palace survived.

    The mansion changed hands until it was eventually bought by Baron and Baroness Eugène Fould-Springer in 1923. Their grandson Nathaniel de Rothschild immediately set out to restore the "magnificent property" and give it a "soul."

    The Fould-Springers carefully selected works of art, furniture, lighting, clocks and ceramics that reflected the stately beauty of the house.

    Although Abbey Palace hasn't been regularly lived in by the descendants of Baron and Baroness Fould-Springer since the late 1980s, it remains a pride of the family. Rothschild says in the Christies auction catalogue, that he long looked for the best way of preserving the integrity of the property, a solution that he has now found. It is to become a high-quality seminar centre. This requires modernisation and, as a result, the contents of the Abbey Palace were sold at auction in September 2011 raising over €7M.

    This video was produced by Christies as part of a guide to the contents of the house.
    Person ID I17961  Mitchell Families
    Last Modified 7 May 2012 

    Father Eugène Charles Joachim Fould (ID:I17956)
              b. 14 Aug 1876, Ville d'Avray, France Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 1929, Shanghai, China Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52) 
    Mother Marie Cécile von Springer (ID:I17955)
              b. May 1886, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 9 Dec 1978, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 92) 
    Married 12 Apr 1905  Vienna, AustriaFind all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 4 children 
    Notes 
    • The Fould/Springer family had accumulated huge wealth and in the 1920's acquired the Palace Abbatial, in Royaumont, to the north of Paris. The contents of the house were sold off at auction in 2011.
    Family ID F4435  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Baron Élie Robert de Rothschild (ID:I17962)
              b. 29 May 1917, Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Aug 2007, Scharnitz, Tyrol, Austria Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90) 
    Married 7 Apr 1941  Cannes, FranceFind all individuals with events at this location 
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    The Town Hall 
    • In 1942 Liliane married her childhood sweetheart Elie de Rothschild, younger son of Baron Robert de Rothschild, a partner of de Rothschild Frères. The marriage took place by proxy, since Baron Elie was at the time a PoW at Colditz Castle, from where he had written to Liliane with his proposal.

      Liliane's mother (her father had by then died) was uneasy about her daughter taking the name Rothschild at a time when France was crawling with the Gestapo, but the marriage went ahead. Baron Elie gave his pledge at Colditz on October 7 1941; Liliane gave hers at Cannes Town Hall on April 7 1942, with a photograph of the groom on the table in front of her and an empty chair at her side.
    Children 3 children 
    Last Modified 5 Nov 2011 17:53:05 
    Family ID F4437  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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