Lot 8094: Hermann Göring - a gift photo album of Carinhall to his nephew Albrecht Göring 1940
November 4, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Large-size album with turquoise half leather binding and in total 107 interior and exterior views of Carinhall, mainly in 18 x 13 cm format. All photographs were taken by Göring's valet Robert Kropp in the period between 1937 and 1939 with his name "Robert" embossed, first page additionally with Kropp's personal dedication "Herrn Ltn. Albrecht Göring in Verehrung zugeeignet. Robert. Karinhall, 19. August 1940." (To Lieutenant Albrecht Göring in respectful admiration ...) On the first floor the photos show i.a.: the "Carin-Ecke" (Carin corner) with a life-size bronze sculpture, inner courtyard views with the various wings and buildings as well as the roofed passage to the adjutancy, the northern entrance to the guest wing, the driveway to the inner courtyard, the outside of the management wing, the north side of the Large Hall with the Münster Lamberti church entrance, the bathhouse and the boathouses on Großer Döllnsee, stairway to the terrace, the connecting path to shooting range and tennis court, the southern lobby, the reception hall, the main entrance, Göring's study and library, the Large Hall, the smaller dining room for 32 persons with Allach figures and silver presents in wall cabinets as well as a silver model of the sailing ship "Wappen von Hamburg" (auctioned at Hermann Historica in 2005 for € 95.000 on the table, the conservatory in the management wing, the smaller dining room, the "Alte Jagdzimmer" (old hunting room), the connecting corridors richly decorated with works of art, the guest suite, the hairdressing salon, the kitchen or the casino in the adjutancy. On the upper floor: the hunting gallery with stairway, Göring's private study, the breakfast room, the Tyrolean room, the private dressing and bedrooms, the home design gallery, the train set in the attic i.a. with Hitler as a visitor in 1937. In the basement: the bowling alley, the tavern, the cinema or the fitness room. Photos in corners, one missing, one enclosed loose. Cf. photographer's Junkersdorf-Uhlenhuth's photo cassette of Carinhall comprising 85 pictures in Hermann Historica's 46th auction from May 2004, lot no. 5503 which fetched € 12.000. Even though there is much correspondence regarding the imagery of both photographers, this album, shows, however, incomparably more in the matter of outside and inside views and details as for example Göring's gun cabinet. Moreover there is an expertise by the well-known author and recognised expert on Hermann Göring and his residences, Volker Knopf, from 2016, which not only certifies the authenticity of the album and confirms the originality of the photos, but also delivers a description for each photo with partly highly interesting details. There is also a layout sketch of the estate by Knopf with drawings of the respective rooms. He also comments, "In my knowledge and view some of the present photographs have already been accessible in other places. The remaining photos, however, have been unpublished up to now and are to my knowledge not known among experts either." Robert Kropp was Göring's valet as from March until the end of the war. As he enjoyed the Reich Marshal's full trust he not only had unlimited access to all rooms, but was also allowed - presumably with Göring's approval - to gain extra income through the sale of such photos and film recordings. Even though Kropp's personal dedication to Albrecht Göring may indicate a personal present to him, it can be concluded that this album was given to his nephew on Göring's wish or demand. The photographer, however, was permitted to perpetuate himself in it. To our knowledge this is the only known Carinhall album with partly unknown photographs by Robert Kropp.
Condition Report: II +
Drittes Reich Zeitgeschichte
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