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Cummer Returns Nazi Loot to Family



The von Klemperer family.

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens is proud to announce the resolution of a Nazi-era provenance/restitution case regarding two items in the Wark Collection of Early Meissen Porcelain.

In 2010, information was discovered that brought the provenance of the pieces, a teapot and a coffeepot,  into question. After extensive research, The Cummer determined that the pieces, which have been in the Museum’s collection since 1965, had been illegally seized by the Nazis from the family of Gustav Von Klemperer, one of Germany’s leading bankers. Von Klemperer’s collection of more than 800 pieces of Meissen is widely regarded as one of the most significant collections ever assembled.

Meissen Teapot, 1723, and Meissen Coffeepot, c. 1735.

In September 2012, The Cummer returned these pieces to Mr. Von Klemperer’s heirs, who have graciously agreed to lend the pieces back to the Museum for one year so that the story of their past may be shared with the community.

The pieces are on display in the Betsy & William D. Lovett Gallery through September 2013.

Join me for a lecture on Nazi-related looting and restitution cases on Tuesday, November 6 at 7 p.m. Admission is free for members and non-members. For more information, please call (904) 356-6857.


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