Wetzlar civic museums begin long-term provenance research project - Foundation provides financial support
On December 15, Wetzlar’s civic museums will launch a long-term project to research the provenance of objects from the collection of pediatrician Dr. Irmgard Lemmers-Danforth. This will be funded over a period of 18 months by the German Lost Art Foundation in Magdeburg.
The Lemmers-Danforth collection is a private collection compiled between 1928 and 1984 consisting of furniture and handcrafted objects from the 16th to the 18th centuries. It became the property of the City of Wetzlar after the collector’s death in 1984.
The aim of the project is to examine the origin of those objects in the Lemmers-Danforth collection which have no acquisition documents and also for which the information in the secondary literature is incomplete in order to establish whether they are cultural assets seized through Nazi persecution.
Wetzlar’s civic museums have already carried out two short-term projects in which specific objects from Lemmers-Danforth’s collection were examined, e.g. as a result of restitution claims. The German Lost Art Foundation also funded both of these projects. Despite the research conducted to date, the provenance of many objects in the collection still remains incomplete and unclear regarding their status as Nazi-confiscated property, which is why the museums have now decided to systematically examine the collection.