CASE HIS­TORY: A FAM­ILY’S QUEST TO RE­COVER STOLEN ART­WORK

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ART­WORK: The Glanville Fam­ily — Three Stages of Life, by Leopold von Kal­ck­reuth ( above) OWN­ER­SHIP: El­iz­a­beth Glanville, Vi­enna, a gift from her par­ents on her wed­ding in 1923. She fled to Eng­land in 1938 and be­came Bri­tish cit­i­zen SEIZURE: 1938, Vi­enna EV­I­DENCE USED TO RE­CLAIM IT: Pho­to­graphs of the paint­ing in fam­ily homes in the 1920s and 1930s ( see pic­ture, right); pre­cise de­scrip­tion and mea­sure­ment of paint­ing; ac­cep­tance by Aus­trian Fed­eral Mon­u­ments Of­fice in 1948 of a claim for the paint­ing and its hav­ing been looted from Mrs Glanville PROVE­NANCE UN­COV­ERED: Glanville un­til 1938; Count­ess von Reigers­berg, Vi­enna (no date or de­tails of “ac­qui­si­tion”); Neue Pi­nakothek, Mu­nich, from 1942 AT­TEMPTS AT RE­COV­ERY: A claim was filed in 1948 with the Aus­trian au­thor­i­ties and In­ter­pol. There were con­tin­ual ef­forts to find the paint­ing. A resti­tu­tion claim was filed with the Ger­man au­thor­i­ties in 1971 af­ter the paint­ing was lo­cated in Mu­nich’s Neue Pi­nakotek, which had ac­quired it in 1942. The claim was turned down on the grounds that resti­tu­tion dead­lines had ex­pired in 1948. Fur­ther ef­forts made in 1988 were turned down as “too late” RESTI­TU­TION: March 13, 2000; the Royal Academy, Lon­don, where the paint­ing was found to be on loan. Ten weeks later, a for­mal claim was sub­mit­ted to Mu­nich by the Com­mis­sion for Looted Art in Europe. Mu­nich re­viewed the doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence and resti­tu­tion was agreed. Mu­nich ac­knowl­edged that the paint­ing had been ac­quired in du­bi­ous cir­cum­stances, and the mu­seum had ques­tion­able le­gal ti­tle and no moral right to own the paint­ing, which should be re­turned to the right­ful own­ers

The Vi­enna din­ing room where the work had been hung

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