Jean-Baptiste de Lescluze (1780-1858)

Jean-Baptiste de LescluzeBelgian shipowner
Lescluze was the first merchant from the Netherlands to venture into the Mediterranean and Black Seas after the end of the Napoleontic wars. Thus, Lescluze became an important middleman in acquiring antiquities for the newly-founded Leiden Museum. In 1824 he exhibited a mummy which was afterwards acquired by Reuvens . Two years later, his substantial collection of Egyptian antiquities was auctioned at Antwerp. Reuvens was the only bidder, and managed to acquire the unsold remainder in two lots in 1827-1828.