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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Finishing the Wicks

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Finishing the Wicks

Artist/ Creator
Jan Toorop
Title
Finishing the Wicks
Year
1905
Technique
Paper, pastel
Size
470 x 560 mm
Inventorynumber
A 1990
Category
Drawings

Museum

Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Conclusion

These drawings were part of the prewar collection of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker.

Explanation

These six drawings are part of a series of twelve. Six drawings are in the Stedelijk Museum collection in Amsterdam. Jan Toorop made them in 1904 and 1905 at a candle factory in Gouda. They show the manufacture of wax candles and were presented to the director, Hendrik IJssel de Schepper.

The series was purchased at a Frederik Muller auction jointly with Gemeentemuseum The Hague and divided equally between the two museums.

The drawings were part of art dealer Jacques Goudstikker’s collection. They were in Goudstikker’s possession at the outbreak of the Second World War. Alois Miedl, who took over the art gallery when Goudstikker fled, consigned the works for sale at a Frederik Muller auction on 8 and 9 October 1940. Goudstikker died in an accident while fleeing the country on 16 May 1940.

The museum is in contact with the heirs.

Reconstruction origin

1905-07-01 <> ?
Hendrik IJssel de Schepper (collection), Gouda

GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 2518/2529

? <> ?
N. Eisenloeffel (art dealer), Amsterdam

GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 2518/2529

Before 1935 <> 1940-05-16
Jacques Goudstikker (art dealer), Amsterdam

GAA 1341 no. 38, inv. no. 2518/2529; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam 8 October 1940, no. 43

After 16 May 1940 <> 1940-10-08
Goudstikker/Miedl (art dealer), Amsterdam

Museum inventory

1940-10-08
Frederik Muller (auction), Amsterdam

See Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 43

1940-10-08
Purchased by the museum at Frederik Muller auction

Museum inventory; see Frederik Muller cat., Amsterdam, 8 October 1940, no. 43

1940-10-08 <> present day
Stedelijk Museum