Owner: Maurice de Rothschild — Paris, France
Collection: (BoR) Botschaft Rothschild--The largest collections stolen in France mostly by specialized elements of the German occupation forces belonged to the Rothschild family. The German Embassy in Paris guided by Ambassador Otto Abetz, oversaw the plunder of property belonging to various members of the Rothschild family, including Maurice, Alexandrine, James-Armand and Edmond. These early removals of Rothschild property occurred in the summer and fall of 1940 and were greatly aided by the Devisenschutzkommando (DSK), a securities and financial fraud police organization that had jurisdiction over bank vaults and safe deposit boxes where thousands of art objects were stored for safekeeping.
Inventory No.: BoR 144
Kiste Nr. B 113
Artist: 1786, Houdon, Jean Antoine, geb. 1741 in Versailles, gest. 1828 in Paris.
Medium: Sculpture
Title: Büste des Cagliostro.
Description: Cagliostro mit offenem Hand, nach rechts oben schauend.
h 79 cm
Bezeichnet Signatur: Auf dem Stumpf des rechten Armes: Houdon f. 1786
Zugangstag, In Paris: übernommen von der Botschaft.
Literature: Vgl. Haevart Rostrup: Franske Portraetbuster fra des XVIII Jahrhundrede, Kopenhagen 1932. Abb. CV.
Provenance and Comments:
Archival Sources: RG 260 M1943 Reel 2 NARA; RV 103, MAEE, Paris, France
Measurements: 79 cm
Signed? Yes
Intake place: German Embassy, Paris
Transfer place: Jeu de Paume
Transfer date: 1941-05-02
Munich No.: 603
Repatriated to France? Yes