Eight artworks restituted to heirs of Jewish publisher

The Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation has announced the restitution of eight artworks that originally belonged to Rudolf Mosse. The Nazis looted the works from the Berlin residence of his daughter, who inherited her father’s art collection, in the early 1930s.

Rudolf Mosse (1843-1920) was one of the most influential publishers of the Weimar Republic. His daughter, Felicia Lachmann-Mosse (1888-1972), was forced to flee from the Nazis in 1933 and immigrated to the US.

Artnet News reports that “the works, most of which are antique animal figurines, will remain on loan in the Berlin State Museums. The foundation has identified the pieces following a systematic review of its inventory for possible Nazi-looted art, and subsequently searched for the heirs.

According to Hermann Parzinger, President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, the Mosse Art Restitution Project submitted a formal inquiry about two objects in 2014. “I am delighted that after ongoing research, we have been able to come to a quick, fair, and just solution to this case,” he stated.”


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