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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Drents Museum

Brink 1 9401 HS Assen www.drentsmuseum.nl

Investigation results

This museum has 3 objects with a potentially problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

Drenthe Museum focused their provenance investigation on objects in two out of four departments: Art 1885-1935 and Drenthe’s History. The Archaeology and Contemporary Realism departments were not part of the investigation. Investigators checked inventories, Drenthe folk almanacs, the acquisitions archive and registration system. A Museum Association investigator thoroughly examined an extensive list of paintings and drawings the RKD (The Netherlands Institute for Art History) records. Several items remained with incomplete provenance, even after this investigation.
The museum also reports that a number of objects in its collection may have problematic provenance. These are two Chinese porcelain jars, two porcelain vases and a Delftware plate mentioned in the inventory book as old possessions of unknown origin, ‘probably NSB items’. Investigators turned up no new information about the provenance of these objects.

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

View reaction of Drents Museum 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

Founded in 1854, Drenthe Museum combines various collections. Beside the archaeology department which focuses on the people, landscape and peat bog corpses of the region, the museum has a major Art Nouveau and Art Deco collection. This comprises Dutch fine and applied art of the years 1885-1935. In recent decades, the museum has collected contemporary Dutch realistic art.

Objects

Pair of baluster-shaped Chinese porcelain jars

Pair of baluster-shaped Chinese porcelain jars

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (China)
Title
Pair of baluster-shaped Chinese porcelain jars
Year
Unknown
Technique
Porcelain
Size
23,1 x 22,6 cm
Inventorynumber
H 1957-0188
Description

Two baluster-shaped Chinese porcelain jars with blue foliate and floral decoration

Category
Applied art
Museum
Drents Museum

Investigation results

Conclusion

No information is available regarding when or from whom Drents Museum acquired these jars or the identity of the original...

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Pair of bulbous porcelain vases

Pair of bulbous porcelain vases

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (Netherlands)
Title
Pair of bulbous porcelain vases
Year
Unknown
Technique
Porcelain
Size
h. 13,5 cm
Inventorynumber
H 1957-0189
Description

Two bulbous porcelain vases, S-shaped profile with blue foliate decoration and red, yellow, purple and green in the flowers

Category
Applied art
Museum
Drents Museum

Investigation results

Conclusion

No information is available regarding when or from whom Drents Museum acquired these objects or the identity of the original...

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Delftware plate with blue floral and foliate decoration

Delftware plate

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (Netherlands)
Title
Delftware plate
Year
Unknown
Technique
Porcelain
Size
Ø 23 cm
Inventorynumber
H 1958-0052
Category
Applied art
Museum
Drents Museum

Investigation results

Conclusion

No information is available regarding when or from whom Drents Museum acquired this object or the identity of the original...

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