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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Two Women in Italian Costume

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Two Women in Italian Costume

Artist/ Creator
Moritz Calisch
Title
Two Women in Italian Costume
Year
1851
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
118,5 x 90,5 cm
Inventorynumber
SK-A-4181
Category
Paintings

Museum

Rijksmuseum

Conclusion

The provenance of the painting is unclear since the identity of the person who consigned it to Fred. A. van Braam’s auction in 1943 is no longer known. In fact it is not even certain whether that is the same painting as the work in the museum.

Explanation

This painting may have passed through Fred. A. van Braam’s auction house in Amsterdam during the war. The possibility is being investigated because a Van Braam auction house label on the reverse of the frame appears to date from 1943. This painting may be the Two Sisters. This firm may have auctioned confiscated property in the war years.

J.A. Kruseman’s Salome with the Head of John the Baptist (inv. no. SK-A-5009) at the Rijksmuseum, was probably (also) sold at a Van Braam sale in 1943.

Reconstruction origin

? <> 1943-11-23
‘Een collectie schilderijen uit Nederlandsch kunstbezit’ (Collection of paintings from Dutch property)

See Fred. A. van Braam cat., Amsterdam, 23 November 1943, no. 80 (as ‘The Two Sisters’)

1943-11-23
Fred. A. van Braam (auction), Amsterdam

See Fred. A. van Braam cat., Amsterdam, 23 November 1943, no. 80 (as ‘The Two Sisters’)

? <> 1970
Unknown
1970 <> present day
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam