Brush with chinoiserie motif
- Artist/ Creator
- Brush with chinoiserie motif
- c. 1700-1730
- Low-fired faience/polychrome
- l. 14,8 x b. 8,5 x h. 3,4 cm
- Applied art
The brush was part of the collection confiscated from Hans Ludwig Larsen.
Hans Ludwig Larsen was of German Jewish extraction and settled in the Netherlands with his family before 1931. At his death in Wassenaar in 1937 he left a large art collection. His wife Suzanne Larsen-Menzel and their two children became Dutch citizens in 1939. In October of that year they emigrated to the United States. Before leaving, Mrs Larsen-Menzel gave a number of objects from the collection on loan to Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. After the German invasion the new regime identified these items as enemy property and had put them up for sale in 1942 at Van Marle & Bignell auction house.
Unusually, the form on which the museum loan was drawn up in December 1938 and June 1939 contains notes in the handwriting of [auctioneer] Charles John Robert Bignell: ‘Entire loan removed as enemy property and auctioned at Bignell, autumn 42’. In a coarser hand: ‘Not present’ and ‘Removed June 42’. Bignell ticked the objects he took and approved in 1942 in the appendix. On the last page the auctioneer added that according to his inventory, four delftware brushes and one jug with a pewter lid were missing. Finally, he signed for receipt with his characteristic signature. Regarding the four missing brushes, Bignell noted that these were stored in the bomb shelter [possibly of the museum?].
- Before 1939 <> 1942
- Hans Ludwig Larsen (Collection), Wassenaar
Museum inventory; D. Brongers, M. van Houten-de Kom, Eindrapportage Herkomst & Restitutie Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague, 22 December 2000; SNK archive no. 156.716
- 1942 <> present day
- Gemeentemuseum Den Haag