Owner: Consorts Schloss — Paris, France
Collection: (Schloss) Adolphe Schloss-The Schloss collection was assembled with great care by Adolphe Schloss, a German Jew who settled in Paris in the late 19th century. In August 1939, the collection was transferred to a vault at the Chateau de Chambon (Corrèze) for safekeeping. On April 16, 1943, a combination of Nazi policemen and French officials from the CGQJ worked together to confiscate the Schloss collection and transfer it to Paris for processing. There, the collection was split into three parts--the largest going to the Linz Museum project. That part of the collection (262 paintings) was transferred to the Führerbau (Munich) on 24 November 1943 where it remained untouched until 29-30 April 1945 when local Munich citizens broke into the building housing the collection and hundreds of other works and stole everything. Nearly half of the Schloss paintings are still unrestituted.
Inventory No.: Schloss 60
Kiste Nr. München Fuhrerbau 14
Tableau No. 83
Artist: Joost van Geel
Medium: Paintings
Title: Das Duo [Le duo; The Duet]
Description: Holz
48 x 41 cm (49 x 43 cm)
Auf dem Vorhang über dem Stuhlsitz voll bezeichnet: “JVGEEL.”
Interessantes Bildchen.

Signé en toutes lettres sur la draperie du rideau.
Provenance and Comments: Slg.Benjamin West, Versteigerung (Christie’s) London, 23.Juni 1820 (157); Slg. Perkins, Paris. The painting last appeared for sale at auction on 19 November 2022, Auction 1209 - Paintings, Drawings Sculpture 14th-19th Centuries, Lempertz, Cologne, lot no.1569, estimate € 20,000-30,000. It was withdrawn five days before the sale.
Archival Sources: BArch B323/1212, B323/56, Bundesarchiv, Koblenz, Germany; AMAE MH 117, Archives du Ministère des Affaires Étrangères, La Courneuve, France; RG 11.011M Reel 428 Fond 1524, USHMM, Washington, DC, USA.
Measurements: 48 x 41 cm
Signed? Yes
Intake place: 38 avenue Henri Martin, Paris
Transfer place: Chateau de Chambon, Laguenne, Corrèze
Transfer date: 1939-08-20
Transfer place: Banque Dreyfus, Paris, France
Transfer date: 1943-08-11
Transfer place: Jeu de Paume
Transfer date: 1943-11-03
Transfer place: Führerbau, Munich
Transfer date: 1943-11-24
Restituted? No