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 92
Kiste Nr. München Fuhrerbau 7
Tableau No. 110
Artist: Bartholomeus van der Helst
Medium: Paintings
Title: Weibliches Bildnis [Portrait de femme; Portrait of a lady]
Description: Holz
63 x 47 cm
Gegenstück zu Nr.91 vorliegender Liste.
Sauberes Bils des Meisters.
Literature: J.J.de Gelder, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Rotterdam, 1921, S.211, Nr.567.
Provenance and Comments: Ch. Sedelmeyer, Cat. of 100 pictures, 1901, Nr.16. According to the MCCP file, this painting was acquired for the Linz Museum, stored at the Führerbau, stolen by unknown individuals and recovered as a result of an investigation by Edgar Breitenbach. The painting last appeared for sale at Fraysse & Associés in Paris as part of “Succession de monsieur X et provenant de trois collections françaises” on 10 April 2013 as lot no.83, it sold for US$107,049. According to RKD, the painting was recorded at Salomon Lilian Old Master Paintings (Amsterdam/Genève) as advertised in The Burlington Magazine, February 2014, colour ill.
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: 63 x 47 cm
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: Fuhrerbau, Munich
Transfer date: 1943-11-24
Munich No.: 37267 (1946-08-30)
Repatriated to France? Yes
Repatriation date: 1946-10-30
Restituted? Yes
Restitution date: 1946-11-23