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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Apothecary jar

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous
Title
Apothecary jar
Year
1501
Technique
Majolica
Size
h. 32,2 cm
Inventorynumber
A 3648 (KN&V)
Category
Applied art

Museum

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Conclusion

This apothecary jar 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 (first on loan in 1942, later in ownership 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. This foundation gave the objects on loan to Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and sold them to Rotterdam municipality in 1948.

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 <> 1941-11-13
Jaap Bastert and Iet van Schaardenburg (collection), Loenen aan de Vecht (purchased at Sotheby’s, London, via Hein Hamer)

Museum inventory

1941-11-13 <> 1948
Stichting Administratiefonds Rotterdam

Museum inventory

1948 <> present day
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen (purchased from the collection by Rotterdam municipality)

Stadsarchief Rotterdam, inv. 181.546