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 260
Artist: Brouwer, Adriaen
Medium: Paintings
Title: Der Lausknacker [Le pouilleux]
Description: bois
26 x 19 cm
Provenance and Comments: This painting was confiscated in April 1943, transferred to Paris by Vichy and German agents, but never left French territory. However, other sources indicate that the painting by Brouwer circulated amongst Parisian dealers in late 1943. In 1948, a painting by Brouwer with the number Schloss 260 was reported to be in the hands of a Hamburg dealer.
Archival Sources: RG 260 M1949 Reel 13 NARA; 209SUP 384 P17, AMAE, Courneuve, France; www.fold3.com
Measurements: 26 x 19 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: Lefranc/Buitenweg
Transfer date: 1943-12-00
Transfer place: Cornelis Postma
Transfer date: 1943-12-00
Transfer place: Henri Verne
Transfer date: 1943-12-00