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Georges de la Bouglise
(1842-1911)

Georges de la Bouglise was a prominent French mining engineer involved in mining operations in Europe, America and Mexico. F. Augustus Heinze, for example, one of the Butte "Copper Kings," organized the La France Copper Company in 1905 solely in order to lease the Lexington mine from its owner, Georges de la Bouglise, the original vice president of the Societe Anonyme des Mines de Lexington. Bouglise was also a serious mineral collector specializing in native gold specimens.

"One of the few significant auction sales of mineral specimens to take place in America occurred on December 13th, 14th and 15th, 1886, at the Davis & Harvey Art Gallery at 1212 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was cataloged and conducted by auctioneers, S. & H. Chapman, also of Philadelphia. The collection was listed as the property of "A. Dohrmann, Esq., of San Francisco, Cal." Dohrmann's suite of gold specimens was by far the best part of his collection, and the single largest purchaser of these golds is listed simply as "Bouglise." This refers to Georges de La Bouglise, a French mining engineer, after whom the mineral "bouglisite" was named in 1892 by his associate, Edouard Cumenge‚ (1828-1902), who himself had been previously honored with the naming of "cumengeite." Bouglisite was found at Boleo in Baja California, Mexico (the same locality that produced the cumengeite), but was discredited by the mineral-chemist Frederick A. Genth only one year later, in 1893, as being merely a mixture of anglesite and gypsum.

"After his death, Bouglise's considerable collection of gold specimens was offered for sale at public auction on December 14, 1911, by the Parisian mineral dealer Alexandre Stuer, and it was purchased in toto by Albert C. Burrage of Boston, Massachusetts. The collection subsequently found its way into the Harvard Mineralogical Museum in 1948 as a bequest of Burrage, who was a member of the Harvard class of 1883. The treasure remains there to this day."
(Conklin, 1992)



Reference:
CONKLIN, L. H. (1992) Anatomy of a mineral sale: the Dohrmann collection. Mineralogical Record, 23, 7-13.
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