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Böhler, Julius

German, est. 1880

Böhler and Steinmeyer, Inc.; Kunsthandel AG Lucerne; Julius Böhler Kunsthandel AG; Galerie Julius Böhler; Boehler, Julius


Julius Böhler (1860-1934) established his gallery in Munich in 1880, moving into a large building on the Briennerstrasse in 1904. His oldest son Julius Wilhelm Böhler (1883–1966) joined the firm in 1906. From 1928, the Munich gallery was managed by Böhler's younger son Otto Alfons Böhler, grandson Julius Harry Böhler (1907-1979), and partner Hans Sauermann. Julius Sr., the founder of the original firm, retired in 1930. Julius Harry and his son, Dr. Julius Gustav Böhler (1929-2010), managed the firm after World War II, and after his father's death in 1979, Julius Gustav relocated the gallery to the Pacellistrasse. In 1995, after Julius Gustav's retirement, his nephew Florian Eitle-Böhler took over the firm; he moved the gallery outside of Munich to Lake Starnberg at the end of 2004.

Julius Wilhelm Böhler, in partnership with Fritz Steinmeyer, founded Böhler and Steinmeyer in Lucerne circa 1920. This gallery was later known as Kunsthandel AG Lucerne. From 1923-1934 the partners also had a branch of Böhler and Steinmeyer in New York, and from 1928-1932 a branch by the same name in Berlin. According to Julius Gustav Böhler, the firm had close relations with Kleinberger in Paris and New York. It closed in 1976.

In 2015, the Zentralinstitut in Munich acquired 30,000 property index cards, around 8,000 photo folders, and around 3,800 cards from the Böhler firm, including the Munich and Lucerne operations, which are digitized at Photocpies of inventory cards of Julius Böhler Munich are also held at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and firms records, including stock ledgers and correspondence, can be found at the Bayerisches Wirtschaftarchiv in Munich.


Francini, Esther Tisa, Anja Heuss and Georg Kreis, Fluchtgut-Raubgut: Der Transfer von Kulturgütern in und über die Schweiz 1933-1945 und die Frage der Restitution. Zurich, 2001:244-245

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