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 163
I, 2
Kiste Nr. B 144
Artist: 18. Jh[d]., F. Desangles Pastellist des. 18. Jh. in Paris (nicht Cochin!)
Medium: Works on Paper
Title: Brustbildnis einer Dame im Profil nach links (Pendant) [Bidnis der Madame Préville]
Description: Im hochfrisierten Haar ein Häubchen.
Gegenstück zu BoR 162.
Unter der Signatur rechts vermutlich Name der Dargestellten, auf dem Foto nicht zu lesen.
Farbige Kreide
hochoval 17,2 x 14,2 cm
Bezeichnet: F. Desangles
Zugangstag: In Paris: übernommen von der Botschaft
Literature: Aus dem Besitz Maurice Rothschild
Provenance and Comments: The German Embassy inventory identifies the artist as Cochin, but the ERR staff at the Jeu de Paume corrects the authorship of the work as being by F. Desangles. Another German inventory identifies the artist as Ressugles. Still, this item went from the German Embassy to the Jeu de Paume in mid-December 1940.
Archival Sources: RG 260 M1943 Reel 2 NARA; Bundesarchiv, B323/293, B323/294, B323/304; RA 620, RV 103, MAEE, Paris, France
Measurements: 17,2 x 14,2 cm
Transfer place: German Embassy, Paris
Transfer place: Jeu de Paume
Transfer date: 1940-12-19
Transfer place: Lager Peter
Transfer date: 1944-10-27
Munich No.: 1084/5
Repatriated to France? Yes
Restituted? Yes
Restitution date: 1946-04-09