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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Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven

Kazerneplein 4 2871 CZ Schoonhoven www.zilvermuseum.nl

Investigation results

This museum has 1 object with a potentially problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

Apart from the silver pointer or yad reported in the 1999 investigation, museum investigators found no other objects with problematic provenance. The owners of the pointer had been required to submit it to Liro Bank during the war. From there it was shipped to Berlin and after the war it was returned to the Netherlands where it was acquired by the ministry of finance, which gave it to the museum, stating that its owner had died and no heirs appeared to have survived the Holocaust.

The museum collection’s few objects with individually identifiable characteristics have been investigated before and many have well documented provenance. Some questions were nevertheless raised regarding other objects by the current investigators. Stamboek Collectie Keur en Ambacht 1938-1949 mentions that objects were handed in during the war (‘ingeruild’). Most of the remitters listed in the book are well-known jewellers, yet other names are less familiar.
Many of the collection objects were donated to the museum. Museum investigators report that no records were kept of the previous history of these benefactors. The annual reports contain information about purchased acquisitions, although no details about the sellers appear. Investigators checked inventory cards and documents regarding these acquisitions and found some information to augment that published in the annual reports.

Finally, the museum reports that the clocks in its collection are earmarked for a new museum of time. Most of these clocks are on loan from Stichting Museum en Archief voor Tijdmeetkunde (SMAT). Investigators checked the provenance of clocks that Nederlands Goud-, Zilver- en Klokkenmuseum collected since 1978, and found no suspicious cases. Investigators did not check the clocks which form part of the SMAT loan.

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

View reaction of Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven 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

Previously known as Nederlands Goud-, Zilver- en Klokkenmuseum, the museum surveys the history of silverware and the development of gold and silver-smithing in the Netherlands from 1600 to the present day, as well as the evolution of silver marks.

Objects

Yad (pointer)

Yad (pointer)

Artist/ Creator
J. Frijthoff
Title
Yad (pointer)
Year
1817
Technique
Silver
Size
l. 27 cm
Inventorynumber
10220.a
Description

A small clip (I. Rosierse, Rotterdam, 1843) and a large clip (A. Jorning, Amsterdam, 1878) are attached to the pointer.

Category
Jewish ritual objects
Museum
Nederlands Zilvermuseum Schoonhoven

Investigation results

Conclusion

During the Second World War, this yad (pointer) was deposited with Lippmann, Rosenthal & Co, the bank which carried out the theft of Jewish assets, in...

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