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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Appingedam Museumstad

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Appingedam Museumstad

Wijkstraat 25 9901 AE Appingedam

Investigation results

None of the objects in this museum have problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

The museum explains that there is no reason to assume that the provenance of any objects in its collection is problematic. The few paintings in its collection are considered folk art. These have no uniquely identifiable characteristics, and so their provenance has not been investigated. The museum consulted old inventories, minute books and correspondence to investigate the relevant objects. It is interesting to note the reason for the establishment of the museum on 30 July 1942: the founders set op the museum to protect the city’s cultural heritage and prevent objects being confiscated by the Germans.

Information from previous research (report Museum Acquisitions 1940-1948)

View reaction of Appingedam Museumstad in the report Museale acquisitions 1940-1948 which was published in 1999 in response to the previous museum research.

About this museum and its collection

The museum collection comprises objects relating to the history and development of the city of Appingedam and its hinterland, Fivelingo. It includes paintings, utensils and an extensive silver collection. Special attention is paid to architecture, and the planning and development of the city.