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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Historisch Museum Deventer

Brink 56 7411 BV Deventer

Investigation results

This museum has 1 object with a potentially problematic provenance.

Result of this investigation

The museum reports two objects in its collection with possible problematic provenance. These are two commemorative plates made in 1755 which were bought in 1942 from a family simply recorded as Cohen, without initials. The purchase is mentioned in the annual report. The museum archive provides no further information about the former owners, the price paid or the reason for the sale. The museum has attempted to find the family, both without success.
A single Jewish ritual object was given to the museum in 1921. Investigators also checked the painting and silver collection for problems. There are no indications of problematic provenance. This also applies to the Toy Museum, which partners Deventer’s Historical Museum to form Gemeentemusea Deventer.
Historical Museum investigators consulted the registration system, annual reports (including those of predecessor Museum de Waag), inventory books, internal archive sources and local press.

About this museum and its collection

Located since 1915 in the weigh house, the museum features the history of the city of Deventer. Its collection includes paintings, drawings and graphic art, coins and medals, archaeological finds and architectural fragments. Other exhibits showcase Deventer’s history, crafts and industry.


Two commemorative plates

Two commemorative plates

Artist/ Creator
Anonymous (Delft)
Two commemorative plates
Blue on white ceramic
Ø 22 cm

Two commemorative plates inscribed ‘Claas van Calker in Deventer 1755’ and ‘Jacob H en de Bolte’

Applied art
Historisch Museum Deventer

Investigation results


No record remains identifying the Cohen family from whom the museum acquired these commemorative plates and why they parted with...

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