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 Tongerlohuys

Molenstraat 2 4701 JS Roosendaal www.tongerlohuys.nl

Investigation results

This museum has 2 objects with a potentially problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

The museum reports that two paintings in its collection have problematic provenance. These were acquired between 1948 and 1953 from the estate left by C.H.J. Veldkamp. Veldkamp was a Nazi sympathiser during the war and had fled Roosendaal when it was liberated in 1944. He died in 1945 in Maastricht. Roosendaal municipality acquired much of Veldkamp’s considerable collection of art and antiques.

The paintings in question are by Ferdinand Bol and belonged to a Jewish art dealer in Amsterdam, whose heirs registered a claim to the works in 2013. Roosendaal municipality has proposed to submit the claim to the Restitutions Committee.

Tongerlo House also has another seven paintings - of rather less value than those by Bol - from Veldkamp’s collection. 

Update 

On 13 April 2015 the Restitutions Committee gave binding advice to restitute the paintings Portrait of Pieter Bouwens and Portrait of Anna Maria van Nutt by Ferdinand Bol to the legal successor of the former owner. Read more about this at  http://www.restitutiecommissie.nl/en/recommendations/recommendation_3140.html

The museum conducted follow-up research on seven other paintings from the Veldkamp collection. This investigation yielded no new information on the provenance of these paintings. 

About this museum and its collection

Tongerlo House is the initiative of a local historical society founded in 1932: Oudheidkundige Kring De Ghulden Roos. Its focus is on the history of the city and the region, its rich religious past, peat extraction, local industry and everyday life.

Objects

Portrait of Anna Maria van Nutt

Portrait of Anna Maria van Nutt

Artist/ Creator
Ferdinand Bol
Title
Portrait of Anna Maria van Nutt
Year
1658
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
118 x 97 cm
Inventorynumber
01575
Category
Paintings
Museum
Museum Tongerlohuys

Investigation results

Conclusion

When and from whom C.H.J. Veldkamp acquired this painting is no longer known. This and its pendant may have belonged to a Jewish...

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Portrait of Pieter Bouwens

Portrait of Pieter Bouwens

Artist/ Creator
Ferdinand Bol
Title
Portrait of Pieter Bouwens
Year
1658
Technique
Oil on canvas
Size
118 x 97 cm
Inventorynumber
01574
Category
Paintings
Museum
Museum Tongerlohuys

Investigation results

Conclusion

When and from whom C.H.J. Veldkamp acquired this painting is no longer known. This and its pendant may have belonged to a Jewish...

more information