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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Pew

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (Netherlands)
Title
Pew
Year
17th century
Technique
Oak
Size
h. 94,5 x b. 153 x d. 44 cm
Inventorynumber
C1942-176
Category
Applied art

Museum

Muiderslot

Conclusion

This pew was part of the collection of J. van Messel a Jewish art dealer.

Explanation

In August 1942, J. van Messel art gallery merged with Firma S. van Messel. Ownership of S. van Messel had already been transferred to Dr Friedrich M. Hübner in November 1941, as Verwalter. The pew was acquired by the museum from J. van Messel in Amsterdam in June 1942, before the merger. Yet it is unclear whether payment for the pew was actually received by J. van Messel, since the precise date of Hübner’s takeover of the J. van Messel gallery is not known. J. van Messel was killed at Auschwitz in 1944.

Reconstruction origin

Before 1942-06
J. van Messel (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory

1942-06
Purchased by the museum at J. van Messel art dealer

Museum inventory

1942-06 <> present day
Museum Muiderslot