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Herberg vol mensen_voorkant

Tavern full of People

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (Netherlands) (follower of David Teniers II)
Title
Tavern full of People
Year
18th century
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
71,5 x 60 cm
Inventorynumber
NOM 7099-47
Category
Paintings

Museum

Nederlands Openluchtmuseum

Conclusion

Who owned this painting before it passed to Nederlands Beheersinstituut is not known.

Explanation

The painting may have been part of property confiscated from Germans after the war. In 1947, the Winterswijk representatives at Nederlands Beheersinstituut’s Bureau Roerende Goederen van Vijanden en Landverraders passed various paintings on to Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit. Reference is made in the correspondence regarding this transfer to two paintings titled Herberg (Tavern) and Boerenherberg (Country Traven). One of these titles may refer to this work.

Inscribed in black ink on the reverse of the frame is the name: Van Ostade. In blue chalk: ‘Haarlem, Walt…, Wil…plein 7’. In red chalk: ‘Fleij’ or ‘Heij’. This may refer to Wilsonplein 7 in Haarlem. Investigation has shown that this was where Juda Heijman de Vries (12 September 1900-12 May 1943 Sobibor), a Jewish tailor, went into hiding. There are no other indications to suggest that Heijman de Vries owned this painting.

Update 

On 2 February 2015 the Restitutions Committee advised the Minister of Education, Culture and Science to reject a claim to this painting. The minister rejected the claim. 

Reconstruction origin

After 1945 < > ?
NBI (Netherlands Property Custodian), The Hague

SNK archive no. 1056

Before 1947-08-12
Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit (Netherlands art property foundation), Amsterdam

Museum inventory; SNK archive no. 1056

1947-08-12
Donated to the museum by Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit

Museum inventory; SNK archive no. 1056

1947-08-12<> present day
Nederlands Openluchtmuseum