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Documenting cultural property losses at the hands of the National Socialists and their allies across Europe, 1933-1945
Documenting cultural property losses at the hands of the National Socialists and their allies across Europe, 1933-1945

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"Le premier jour de printemps à Moret", by Alfred Sisley--Part Two
by Marc Masurovsky “Frühlingslandschaft” The Impressionist painter, Alfred Sisley, produced “ Le premier jour de printemps à Moret ” in 1889, an oil on canvas measuring 46,2 x 56 cm, signed and dated “Sisley. 89” on the lower left of the painting. The firs...
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"Premier jour de printemps à Moret" by Alfred Sisley--Part One
by Marc Masurovsky Premier jour de printemps à Moret, by Alfed Sisley courtesy of Le Monde On May 25, 2018, a story broke in “ L’Alsace ”, a regional French newspaper, regarding a notable from Mulhouse, Alain Dreyfus, well-known art dealer and collector who...
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A "Goering bible" with a provenance full of holes
by Marc Masurovsky In April 2018, a Bible (Tanach) printed in the 1630s in Amsterdam by Menasseh ben Israel, including Torah, Nevi’im and Ketuvim, and containing 369 “leaves”, sold for 12,300 US dollars, as lot Nr. 133 at Kedem Auction House , in business i...
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"Portrait of Mary Robinson," by Joshua Reynolds
by Angelina Giovani edited by Marc Masurovsky Mary Robinson was one of the most famous actresses of the 18th century, who left behind a large number of portraits. The culmination of Mary’s fame came after her performance as Perdita, in Shakespeare’s The Win...
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Revisiting the WWII looted gold issue
by Marc Masurovsky [Editor's note: this brief expose was drafted in 2000 as part of the research being conducted at the Presidential Advisory Commission for Holocaust-era Assets (1999-2000).  All of the documents produced by the so-called Gold Team of the P...
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Twenty years of Washington Principles: yet another conference
by Marc Masurovsky On November 26-28, 2018, almost exactly twenty years after the start of the Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets, the German Lost Art Foundation will host an international “specialist” conference entitled: “20 Years of Wash­ing­t...
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Provenance research can be challenging
by Marc Masurovsky In the two decades since the now-infamous Washington Conference on Holocaust-era Assets of December 1998 which produced the " Washington Principles ." many American museums were placed quite naturally on the defensive since they became th...
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TD 51072
by Marc Masurovsky Treasury Directive TD 51072 was passed on June 8, 1944, two days after D-Day, under sections 3(a) and 5(b) of the Trade with the Enemy Act. Its aim was to restrict the importation into the US of any art object with a value exceeding 5000...
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Why all the fuss about provenance research?
by Marc Masurovsky Up until the mid-to late 1990s, provenance research remained within the province of trained art historians working in cultural institutions where art objects are cared for and displayed for the benefit of the public. The research aims to ...
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Some frequently asked questions
by Marc Masurovsky a/ What is the total number of art objects claimed? One should place the ultimate answer to this question in its proper context. By May 1945, somewhere between 15 and 20 million art objects of all sorts, from masterpieces to portraits of ...
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