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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Stadsmuseum Woerden

Kerkplein 6 3441 BG Woerden

Investigation results

This museum has 1 object with a potentially problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

Woerden City Museum reports one object with problematic provenance: a tapestry that was already investigated in 1999 and which is still the subject of doubt regarding provenance. It was held by the RKD in The Hague for safekeeping during the Second World War, after which RKD gave it to the museum. Investigators further investigated municipal archive correspondence regarding acquisitions, annual reports and committee and council resolutions. Not all the art in the collection has complete provenance: when the museum made purchases, the object was always described, but unfortunately not always where it was bought. Investigators also checked the museum archive. Hardly any objects were purchased in the last thirty years, and the items which were bought were mainly contemporary art. Today, when historical and nineteenth-century art is purchased, buyers check provenance. Investigators checked thirteen items (seven paintings, two drawings, three etchings and a watercolour) at RKD but unfortunately found little new information with which to fill in the missing provenance.

Information from previous research (report Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948)

View reaction of Stadsmuseum Woerden in the report Museale acquisitions 1940-1948 which was published in 1999 in response to the previous museum research.

About this museum and its collection

The museum was founded in the 1930s as a modest antiquities exhibition. Today’s museum is located in the former town hall. The collection features landscape paintings by mainly local artists.


Tapestry depicting a Hunting Scene

Tapestry depicting a Hunting Scene

Artist/ Creator
Tapestry depicting a Hunting Scene
18th century
Wool and silk
205 x 201 cm
Applied art
Stadsmuseum Woerden

Investigation results


Who owned this tapestry before it was acquired by Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie is no longer known.


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