Frédéric Spitzer was born in 1815 to a noteworthy bourgeois Austrian family. In 1852 he relocated from Vienna to Paris where he first occupied an apartment at 104 rue de Richelieu. He was an active collector whose objects came primarily from other renowned collections--those of Louis Fidel Debruge-Duménil, Prince Soltykoff, Baron Seillière, Alessandro Castellani, and Julien Gréau. At the time of the baron's death his house on rue Villejust was known as the Musée Spitzer. His collection of some 4,000 items was dispersed in 1893.
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