WARSAW. Share of 100 Roubles. blue, black. No 438. Large, square piece, with great vignettes of river-ships, ship-building and shipping themes. The first shipping business on the Vistula (Weichsel) river was undertaken by the French Guibert brothers, under a concession from the Polish government.In 1848 they sold the concession to the Graf Andrzej Zamoyski, who formed a company with a company of 1 million roubles, divided into 10.000 shares of 100 roubles. Subscription was limited to Russian subjects. The company built 12 passenger ships and 22freight ships, in Solec. In 1871 the company was taken over by Maurycy Fajans, and was built up into the most important Polish shipping company on internal waterways. The share is signed by Graf Andrzej Zamoyski and Leopold Kronenberg. Zamoyski (1800-78) was an important politician, industrialist and landowner, who was a leader in the industrialisation of the country. Leopold Kronenberg (1812-78) was a Warsaw banker and industrialist, and the greatest financier in Poland ('The Polish Rothschild'). From a Jewish family, he made the basis of his fortune with the tobacco monopoly. His fortune, at 20 million roubles, was the largest in the country. His crowning achievement as a banker was the founding of the Handelsbank, the first institution of its type in the country. These two signatures make this piece an important piece of Polish economic history. Design by Maximilian FAJANS, designer and lithographer, born at Siertadz in 1827, died at Targovko in 1890. After study at the Warsaw Academy, he went to Paris, where he worked in the studio of AryScheffer. He studied lithography with Emile Lasalle, and chromo-lithography at the Lemercier Institute. He later returned to Warsaw. Extremely rare and important share.
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