ROBERT H. GREHS
Wien VII., Neustiftgasse 9
Vienna 18th February 1938
Miss Julia Morgan
ll55 Merchants Exchange
I have received a letter from Frank P. Dow Co.
the forwarding agents in San Francisco with the news that
the Gothic doors which Mr. Bartel brought here in Vienna
were marked out by the custom authorities as being not
antique and therefor were at my disposal. Further I was
informed that you, as the agent of Mr. Hearst, refuse to
accept the doors in spite of repeated invitations to do so.
I shall herewith do my best to explain the whole matter to you.
Mr. Bartel had a thorough inspection of the doors in
question and bought them at the price of lOOOO.- austrian
shillings after long discussions in regard to the price
from Castle Greifenstein near the Danube, where they were
originally built some centuries ago, perhaps at the time
before America was discovered. (It was wrong to do so.)
Mr. Bartel himself took them over in the store rooms of the
forwarding agent Herr Bauml here in Vienna with the obligation
on his part of paying the above mentioned sum within
four weeks time only under the promise that these obligation
should be carried out in due time, did I give
the consent to send the doors to America. From these
explanation you will able to understand the nature of my
claim. Mr. Bartel has bought the doors after repeated and
thorough inspection by himself and also by the expert on
antiquities Dr. Ruprecht, the eXpert of the Dorotheum.
Mr. Bartel also has promised direct payment. After all this
Mr. Bartel is responsible for the obligations he undertook
and I intend to fight for my right with all the means possible.
Since more than a year I have been waiting for my
money and have been put off again and again but am not
willing to wait any longer. It does in no way concern me
if the American custom authorities have the intention of
selling the doors by auction as I have nothing to do
either with them or with Mr. Hearst. I have sold the doors
to Mr. Bartel and shall know what to do in order to get my
money. As soon as he enters Austria he will not be able to
leave her again before settling accounts with me. When you
or your firm keeps agents in Europe, which are well know as
experts, these agents are responsible for the transactions
they make for you. In my case Mr. Bartel is responsible
for everything. As the correspondence I had with him was
of no result I shall employ more drastic means in order
to get my money. I am not at all interested, what is going
to happen to the doors in America, as Mr. Bartel has taken
over the consignment with the obligation of paying in due
time. If there have been any objections in regard to thegenuineness of the antiquity of the doors they ought to have
made in Austria before dismantling out of the walls in the
castle. The view of the american custom authorities in regard
to the genuineness of the antiquity of the doors seems
to go too far. They seem to regard antiquities only then
genuine, when the dust of centuries still stick to them.
Anyhow should this be the case it ought to have been known
to your agents and they should make the purchases a coordingly.
I hope to have given you all the explanations necessary