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Wetzlar civic museums begin long-term provenance research project - Foundation provides financial support

Date 2017.12.14

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.

Ansicht Innenhof Palais Papius Ansicht Innenhof Palais Papius Das Palais beherbergt die nach Dr. Irmgard von Lemmers-Danforth genannte Sammlung von Wohnkultur aus Renaissance und Barock. Source:  Städtische Sammlungen Wetzlar