Investigation into the provenance of museum collections in connection with the theft, confiscation and sale of objects under duress between 1933 and 1945.

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Oriental Street

Artist/ Creator
Marius Bauer
Title
Oriental Street
Year
1889
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
76 x 135 cm
Inventorynumber
SCH-1939-0010
Category
Paintings

Museum

Gemeentemuseum Den Haag

Conclusion

This painting was part of the collection confiscated from Hans Ludwig Larsen.

Explanation

Hans Ludwig Larsen was of German Jewish extraction and settled in the Netherlands with his family before 1931. At his death in Wassenaar in 1937 he left a large art collection. His wife Suzanne Larsen-Menzel and their two children became Dutch citizens in 1939. In October of that year they emigrated to the United States. Before leaving, Mrs Larsen-Menzel gave a number of objects from the collection on loan to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. After the German invasion the new regime identified these items as enemy property and had put them up for sale in 1942 at Van Marle & Bignell auction house. How the painting subsequently returned to the possession of the museum is unclear. Sala art gallery may have played a role. An old inventory card states: ‘Probably a wartime inheritance that was acquired in the circumstances.’

The painting is also known by the following titles:
Oosterse markt
Oostersch tafereel

Reconstruction origin

Before 1939 <> 1942-12-07
Hans Ludwig Larsen (collection), Wassenaar

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; Van Marle & Bignell archive inv. no. 193; SNK archive no. 156.716

1942-12-07
Van Marle & Bignell (auction), The Hague

Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; see Van Marle & Bignell cat., The Hague, 7 December 1942, no. 52 (ill.); Van Marle & Bignell archive inv. no. 193; SNK archive no. 156.716

1942-12-07 <> ?
D. Sala & zonen (art dealer), The Hague

SNK archive no. 716

1942 <> present day
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag