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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Dish

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous
Title
Dish
Year
Circa 1540
Technique
Majolica
Size
Ø 49,2 cm
Inventorynumber
A 3638 (KN&V)
Category
Applied art

Museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Conclusion

This dish was owned by Alfred and Hedwig Pringsheim, a Jewish couple who sold their collection in 1939. They used the money from the sale to pay for their escape to Switzerland.

Explanation

Since 1942 the museum has had seven majolica items from the former Pringsheim collection. A 3638 (KN&V) was apparently purchased by the museum in 1955 from the Bastert-Van Schaardenburg collection. The other items were acquired in 1942 on loan and purchased in 1948.

Alfred and Hedwig Pringsheim were German Jews who found it necessary in 1939 to sell the items in the collection not already confiscated by the Gestapo. They used part of the money they raised to escape to Zurich, Switzerland.

These majolica pieces found their way via auctions in London into Jaap Bastert and Iet van Schaardenburg’s collection, which the latter sold to 'Stichting Administratiefonds Rotterdam'.

Reconstruction origin

? <> 1939-06-07/08
Dr Alfred Pringsheim (collection), Munich

Museum inventory; see Sotheby’s cat., London, 7-8 June 1939, nos. 13, 29, 42, 110, 125, 165, 188

1939-06-07/08
Sotheby’s (auction), London

Museum inventory; see Sotheby’s cat., London, 7-8 June 1939, nos. 13, 29, 42, 110, 125, 165, 188

1939-06-07/08 <> 1955
Jaap Bastert and Iet van Schaardenburg (collection), Loenen aan de Vecht (purchased at Sotheby’s, London, via Hein Hamer)

Museum inventory

1955 <> present day
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (bought with support from Stichting Administratiefonds Rotterdam, Vereniging Rembrandt, Erasmusstichting and the father of Iet Bastert-van Schaardenburg)