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Two silver salt cellars

Artist/ Creator
Johannes Lutma I
Title
Two silver salt cellars
Year
1639
Technique
Silver, parcel gilt
Size
h. 24, b. 12 cm
Inventorynumber
BK 1960-13 a en BK 1960-13 b
Description

Two silver salt cellars, the bowl supported by a boy seated on a dolphin. (Weight 802 grams)

Category
Applied art

Museum

Rijksmuseum

Conclusion

The salt cellars are probably part of the collection confiscated from the heirs of Emma Budge.

Explanation

These salt cellars are most likely from Emma Budge’s collection. She was born Emma Ranette Lazarus (1852-1937), daughter of a Jewish businessman from Hamburg. After marrying Henry Budge, an American, she adopted his nationality. After her death in 1937, her art collection was confiscated by the German regime and sold at Paul Graupe auction house in Berlin. By then this auction house was no longer run by Graupe, who had fled. The business had been taken over by a non-Jew, Hans W. Lange. In March 1960, the salt cellars were purchased at an auction of Frederik Muller Auction House by the municipality of Amsterdam. The city sold one pair to the Rijksmuseum and the other is now at the Amsterdam Museum (inventory nos KA 8050 and KA 8051).

Reconstruction origin

Before 1906-11-27
O.R. van Iddekinge van Drogenhorst (collection), Groningen

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 27 November 1906, no. 452 (ill.).

1906-11-27
Frederik Muller (auction), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 27 November 1906, no. 452 (ill.).

1906-11-27 <> ?
Frederik Muller (dealer/auction house), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 27 November 1906, no. 452 (ill.), annotated copy, Fondation Custodia, Paris.

1906-11-27 <> ?
Frederik Muller (dealer), Amsterdam and Duits & Co (dealer), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 27 November 1906, no. 452 (ill.), annotated copy, Metropolitan Museum, New York.

Before 1937-09-27
Emma Budge (collection), Hamburg

See P. Graupe cat., Berlin, 27 September 1937, no. 254 and no. 255 (ill.).

1937-09-27
Paul Graupe (auction), Berlin

See P. Graupe cat., Berlin, 27 September 1937, no. 254 and no. 255 (ill.).

1937-09-27
Graetzer

Paul Graupe auction book (www.lostart.de).

1937
Private collection, Netherlands

H.E. van Gelder, ‘Een Haagsche Bekerschroef van Andries Grill’, in: Mededeelingen van den Dienst voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen der Gemeente ’s-Gravenhage, vol. IV (1937), p. 113.

1943
Private collection, Netherlands

J.W. Frederiks, De Meesters der Plaquette-Penningen, The Hague 1943, p. 27.

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? A. Vecht (art dealer), Amsterdam

Inventory card museum; J.R. de Lorm and D. J. Biemond, Amsterdams Goud en Zilver, Zwolle/Amsterdam, Waanders/Rijksmuseum 1999, p. 38, no. 10.

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? Hendrik Petrus Doodeheefver (collection), Hilversum

Inventory card museum; J.R. de Lorm and D. J. Biemond, Amsterdams Goud en Zilver, Zwolle/Amsterdam, Waanders/Rijksmuseum 1999, p. 38, no. 10.

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? Gebr. Katz (art dealer), Dieren

Inventory card museum; J.R. de Lorm and D. J. Biemond, Amsterdams Goud en Zilver, Zwolle/Amsterdam, Waanders/Rijksmuseum 1999, p. 38, no. 10.

1951 <> 1960-03-22
Wilhelmus Josephus Rudolphus Dreesmann (collection), Amsterdam

D.C. Röell and H. Brugmans, Verzameling Amsterdam W.J.R. Dreesmann, vol. 3, Amsterdam 1951, p. 809; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 22 March 1960, no. 95 and no. 96

1960-03-22
Frederik Muller (auction), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 22 March 1960, no. 95 and no. 96

1960-03-22
Purchased by Amsterdam municipality at Frederik Muller auction (mediated by W. Kock)

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 22 March 1960, no. 95 and no. 96, annotated copy, RKD

1960-03-22 <> present day
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam