Henry Rothschild

Heinrich Wilhelm Jacques Rothschild (21 November 1913 – 27 May 2009) was a collector and dealer in ceramics, textiles and other craft works. He developed an interest in these crafts while campaigning in Italy during the Second World War and then founded the Primavera Gallery in Sloane Street in 1946.[1][2] The London gallery closed in 1970 but he continued to run a branch in Cambridge's King's Parade which is still open. After he died, his collection was donated to the Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead.[3] The Henry Rothschild Memorial Ceramic Bursary is a biannual award to a ceramic artist resident in the UK.[4]

He was a Jewish émigré from Offenbach am Main who left Germany for England in 1933. He read natural sciences at Cambridge having studied chemistry at Frankfurt University. He graduated in 1936 and then joined the British Army in 1938, serving as an ordnance officer during the Second World War.[5]


  1. ^ Andrew Greg (10 June 2009), "Henry Rothschild", The Guardian
  2. ^ "Henry Rothschild: Collector who occupied a central place in British crafts and design", The Independent, 23 June 2009
  3. ^ Barker, Janine (2015), Henry Rothschild and Primavera: The retail, exhibition and collection of craft in post-war Britain, 1945-1980 (PDF), Northumbria University
  4. ^ Henry Rothschild Bursary
  5. ^ Janine Barker; Cheryl Buckley (2015), "The Primavera Story: 1946–67", British Design – Tradition and Modernity After 1948, Bloomsbury Academic, ISBN 9780857857125