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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 figure belonged to the collectors Franz and Margarete Oppenheimer, a jewish couple.

Explanation 

This object is one of 184 inventory numbers from the Mannheimer collection, once part of the collection Oppenheimer. This object is one example of all the other objects with a similar, questionable provenance. A detailed explanation is to be found in the Provenance Research Report, Collection Fritz Mannheimer, at the museum page.

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