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Christopher de Paus

Christopher de Paus
Born 1862
Died 1943
Occupation Chamberlain, Count

Christopher Tostrup (de) Paus (1862-1943) was a Norwegian land owner and count, known as philanthropist, art collector and socialite in the late 19th and early 20th century.

He was a Privy Chamberlain of the Sword and Cape (Cameriere Segreto di Spada e Cappa) to the Pope, a Knight of Malta and was made a Roman Count by the Pope in 1923, as the only Norwegian after Johannes Olav Fallize, head of the Catholic Church in Norway 1887-1922. From 1914 he lived on his inherited manor of Trystorp, and later Herresta, in Sweden, as well as in Rome. De Paus owned the largest collection of Greek and Roman art in Scandinavia. He belonged to one of the oldest Norwegian families, the Paus family.[1] The son of a major, he inherited a fortune from his mother's family, who had been one of the owners of Tostrup & Mathiesen, one of the giants in Norwegian lumber industry in the 19th century. The playwright Henrik Ibsen was his father's first cousin.

He was also a Knight of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, a Knight Commander with Star of the Order of St. Gregory the Great, a Knight Commander with star of the Order of the Holy Sepulchre, a Knight First Class of the Order of St. Olav, a Knight Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog, and a Gentleman of the Chamber.


  1. ^ Gerber, Tage von (1924): "de Paus", in Sveriges ointroducerade adels kalender 1925. Malmö: Sveriges Ointroducerade Adels Förening


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