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Seated figure (Pagoda)

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Seated figure (Pagoda)

Artist/ Creator
Meissener Porzellan Manufaktur
Title
Seated figure (Pagoda)
Year
Ca. 1720 - ca 1725
Technique
Hard-paste porcelain
Size
h. 8,2 cm
Inventorynumber
BK-17479
Category
Applied art

Museum

Rijksmuseum

Conclusion

This milk jug belonged to the Jewish collector couple Franz and Margarethe Oppenheimer.

Explanation 

This object is one of 184 inventory numbers (92 object groups) from the Mannheimer collection that came from the Oppenheimer collection. It serves as an example for the other objects with the same unclear provenance. A detailed explanation can be found in the report Provenance Research Dr Fritz Mannheimer, a link to whicht in pdf can be found on the museum page and at www.rijksmuseum.nl

Update

On 23 December 2019, the Restitutions Committee advised the Minister of Education, Culture and Science to return 107 object groups of Meissen porcelain to the heirs of the original German owner, Franz Oppenheimer. The minister followed this recommendation. The Rijksmuseum held 92 of these object groups, all of which have been returned to Oppenheimer’s heirs.

Reconstruction origin

? < 1936 or 1937
Franz (1871-?) and Margarete Oppenheimer (1878-?) (collection), Berlin

Museum inventory

1936 or 1937
Dr Fritz Mannheimer (1890-1939) (collection), Amsterdam and Paris

Den Blaauwen 2000, p. 8; BDA Archiv, Restitutions Material K42-1 Oppenheimer Franz, Letter 16 May 1938, ‘An den Oberabschnitt SS’, p. 2; Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv, letter from Magistrat der Stadt Wien, dated 31 October 2016

1940
Dienststelle M├╝hlmann, The Hague, for Adolf Hitler's F├╝hrermuseum, Linz

Korthals Altes 1974, pp. 21-22.

After May 1945 <> 1950
Stichting Nederlands Kunstbezit, Amsterdam

National Archives, 2.08.42, inv. no. 548

1950 <> 1960
Dienst voor 's Rijks Verspreide Kunstvoorwerpen (government department for distributing art), The Hague

Museum Inventory

1960
Transfer to museum from Dienst voor 's Rijks Verspreide Kunstvoorwerpen (government department for distributing art), The Hague

Museum Inventory

1960 <> present day
Rijksmuseum Amsterdam