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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Museum Het Prinsenhof

Sint Agathaplein 1 2611 HR Delft www.prinsenhof-delft.nl

Investigation results

This museum has 2 objects with a potentially problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

Museum investigators checked the inventory books, old inventory cards, registration system, object dossiers, Delft municipal archive, RKD records, annual reports and in one case the Deutsch Historisches Museum database on the collection for Hitler’s planned Führermuseum at Linz. Investigators checked furniture, paintings, drawings and silver.

With regard to acquisitions made after 1954, investigators were forced to take a more global view due to lack of manpower in 2012 and 2013. A museumcurator has done more provenance research in 2017 and 2018. No new objects were found with a potentially problematic provenance. 

Two other paintings appear to have potentially problematic provenance (research done in 2012 en 2013):

  • Jan van Goyen’s View of Delft from the North, was auctioned at Kunsthaus Malmedé in Cologne in 1940 - who the vendor was is not recorded. 
  • (Dutch) anonymous work, Allegory of the Judicial Murder of Johan van Oldenbarneveldt, which was auctioned by Marle & Bignell in 1942 - the name of the owner before the auction is not recorded.

About this museum and its collection

Prinsenhof is the municipal museum of art and history, with particular focus on the story of William of Orange and his role in the rise of the Dutch Republic. Its collection includes paintings by Dutch masters, portraits, Delft pottery, carpets and contemporary art.

Objects

Allegory of the Judicial Murder of Johan van Oldenbarneveldt

Allegory of the Judicial Murder of Johan van Oldenbarneveldt

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (Netherlands)
Title
Allegory of the Judicial Murder of Johan van Oldenbarneveldt
Year
1622
Technique
Oil on panel
Size
104 x 71 cm
Inventorynumber
PDS 122
Category
Paintings
Museum
Museum Het Prinsenhof

Investigation results

Conclusion

Who the owner was and who consigned this painting for sale at Van Marle & Bignell auction is not known.

Explanation

Investigation of the...

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View of Delft from the North

View of Delft from the North

Artist/ Creator
Jan van Goyen
Title
View of Delft from the North
Year
1654
Technique
Oil on panel
Size
68 x 99 cm
Inventorynumber
PDS 201
Category
Paintings
Museum
Museum Het Prinsenhof

Investigation results

Conclusion

When and from whom Kunsthaus Malmedé acquired this painting is not known.

Explanation

Kunsthaus Malmedé at Unter Sachsenhausen 33...

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