Eine Quittung über 600 Gulden auf österreichischem 4 Gulden- Stempelpapier aus dem Stempelamt Wien, 
von Ludwig van Beethoven eigenhändig gefertigt, und am Ende noch  eigenhändig von ihm unterschrieben!

 



Anmerkung: Ob ich solch ein Papier nun eine Quittung oder ein Brief bzw. auch ein Dokument nenne, 
am Ende bleibt es doch immer ein gestempeltes Papier = Stempelpapier 
oder wie im österreichischen dann halt: ein Signettenpapier!

 

Geschichtlicher Hintergrund ist die Restitutionsklage Beethovens zwecks Rente, die ihm aus seiner Zeit in Prag während der napoleonischen Zeit zustand, gegenüber Fürst Kinsky's Erben.
Die Rente war bis 1810 laufend abgewertet worden, sodaß Beethoven nun zu klagen begann.
Da Kinsky 1812 verunglückte, Erzherzog Rudolf und Fürst Lobkowitz die Verpflichungen aber aufrecht erhielten, obsiegte Beethoven, und seine Klage kam durch.

Im Stempelpapier selbst bestätigt Beethoven den Empfang seiner Rente von 600 Gulden für die Zeit vom April bis September 1817.


 

 

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An extremely rare, fully-signed, substantially handwritten document: Beethoven receives an 1817 payment in order to continue composing in Vienna 


Description
Monumentally significant German composer (1770–1827), who, through the genius manifested in nine completed symphonies, 35 piano sonatas, and all manner of choral, orchestral, chamber, and instrumental music, has been granted a place in history as among the most innovative and influential creative artists in the history of Western civilization. Incredible German ADS signed in-full, one page, 8.5 x 14, October 1, 1817. Titled ‘Quittung’ by the composer with eight lines of text in Beethoven’s hand, then signed by him at its conclusion; a ‘Quittung’ (receipt) for 600 fl. in which the composer acknowledges the receipt of money from Prince Kinsky’s treasury, his annuity for the period from April-September 1817 (corrected from the original October 1817-March 1818). Beneath the handwritten body is a small diamond-shaped seal affixed with red wax; Beethoven has signed beautifully, and in-full, to the right of it, “Ludwig van Beethoven,” and his signature is evidently witnessed beneath. Bound into a marbled hardcover binding with gilt lettering on spine and in very good condition, with intersecting folds, one through a single letter of signature, and scattered light toning and soiling. All writing is clear and nicely penned.

As Austria struggled against Napoleon in 1809, Beethoven considered leaving Vienna for the position of Kapellmeister in Cassell, Germany. Considered, even at the time, one of the world’s greatest Romantic composers and with his Fifth Symphony called ‘one of the most important works of the age,’ Beethoven’s patrons, including Prince Kinsky, Prince Lobkowitz, and Archduke Rudolph, did not want him to leave. They banded together to pay the composer a small but helpful annuity. However, the disastrous effect of the Napoleonic wars on the Austrian economy devalued Beethoven's annuity by the end of 1810, with a reorganization of the Austrian currency further complicating matters.

While Rudolph and Lobkowitz continued to support Beethoven, Kinsky—who had moved to Prague—died in an 1812 accident before making arrangements for Beethoven's revised payments. Beethoven sued Kinsky's heirs, and after three years of legal action, was awarded restitution of his annuity, with this 1817 document—presented to the composer while he was in Vienna—an example of the ongoing payment. Anything signed by Beethoven is incredibly desirable, particularly with as much handwriting as seen here. This is a phenomenal example! Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RRAuction COA.

 

 



Links: der K.K.OESTER.CONTROL.STEMPEL
Rechts: die Stempelmarke über 4 F für Gulden, oben „W“ für das Stempelamt Wien
Quittung No. 84 

 



Der Notar bestätigt nochmals in Gegenwart mit dem beigedrückten Siegel 
die Unterschrift von Ludwig van Beethoven. Wien am 1. Okt. 1817



 

 



 

 

PS: Und dann gibt es immer noch Leute, die wollen uns erzählen, Stempelpapiere seien nix wert
(in einschlägigen Kreisen zwischenzeitlich auch als 'Solinger Sagen und Märchen' bekannt) ...


 

 

Quelle: 
Webseite von Bobby Livingstone:
www.rrauction.com 
mit freundlicher Genehmigung des Autors

Dank auch an Gunter Wagner, der uns durch seine Verbindungen diesen Artikel so schnell ermöglicht hat!

        

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