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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The Annunciation to the Shepherds

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The Annunciation to the Shepherds

Artist/ Creator
Aert Jansz Mariënhof
Title
The Annunciation to the Shepherds
Year
c. 1650
Technique
Oil on panel
Size
55,2 x 72 cm
Inventorynumber
11054
Category
Paintings

Museum

Centraal Museum

Conclusion

It is unclear who consigned this painting for sale at Mandelbaum & Kronthal auction in Berlin; only the initials KR remain.

Explanation

This painting was auctioned at Mandelbaum & Kronthal in Berlin in February 1936. The auctioneers were a continuation of Internationale Kunst- und Auktionshaus which had been taken over in July 1935 in accordance with Germany’s race laws. Dr Ernst Mandelbaum and Peter Paul Kronthal ran the auction house thereafter (see Angelika Enderlein, Der Berliner Kunsthandel in der Weimarer Republik und im NS-Staat, Akademie Verlag Berlin 2006).
Consignor K.R. offered five paintings in all at this sale, of which two remained unsold. These were consigned at the next sale, on 19 May 1936, along with five more items from K.R. The provenance of all these works has been investigated, but the identity of K.R. remains unknown.
Consignor no. 2336 offered several lots in sales at Leo Spik auction house in 1952; the consignor’s identity is not known.

Reconstruction origin

Before 1926-12-07
J. Porgès (collection), Paris

Museum inventory; RKD Hofstede de Groot fiche no. 1301557; see P. Cassirer & H. Helbing cat., Berlin 7 December 1926, no. 87

1926-12-07
Paul Cassirer & Hugo Helbing (auction), Berlin (Porgès collection)

Museum inventory; see P. Cassirer & H. Helbing cat., Berlin 7 December 1926, no. 87

Before 1936-2-19
K.R., unknown

See Dr Mandelbaum & P.P. Kronthal cat., Berlin 19 February 1936, no. 426 (ill.)

1936-2-19
Mandelbaum & Kronthal (auction), Berlin

RKD Visual Documentation no. 550.800; see Dr Mandelbaum & P.P. Kronthal cat., Berlin 19 February 1936, no. 426 (ill.)

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R. Thiele (collection), Berlin

Museum inventory

1952-07-17
Leo Spik (auction), Berlin (unsold)

RKD Hofstede de Groot fiche no. 1301592; see Leo Spik cat., Berlin 17 July 1952, no. 212

1952-09-25
Leo Spik (auction), Berlin

RKD Hofstede de Groot fiche no. 1301561; see Leo Spik cat., Berlin 25 September 1952, no. 286

Before 1952-12-04
Hertha Zimmerman (collection), Berlin

Museum inventory

1952-12-04
Purchased by the museum from Hertha Zimmerman, Berlin

Museum inventory

1952-12-04 <> present day
Centraal Museum