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Restitutions and gifts

Restitution und Schenkung 1991

Only after the reunification of Germany in 1990 did the von Klemperer family have any success in approaching the Dresden State Art Collections in order to have research conducted into the fate of the art treasures confiscated during the Nazi period.

In 1991, the Porcelain Collection of the Dresden State Art Collections made a first restitution to the von Klemperer family. Illustrations in the catalogue published in 1928 had made it possible to identify 85 objects as having belonged to the Gustav von Klemperer Collection. Of these 85, the von Klemperer family only accepted 23; the greater part of the restitution, 62 pieces, entered the holdings of the Dresden Porcelain Collection as a gift. In the same year, the 23 pieces accepted back by the von Klemperer family were sold at auction at Christie’s, London.

© Herbert Jäger, Badendorf
Tartare from the Crimea Porzellansammlung Gustav von Klemperer, Dresden 1928, S. 138, Nr. 538 (Inv.-Nr. PE 321)

Select examples from the restitution of 1991

Restitution 1991

Complete list

The complete list of porcelain objects from the Gustav von Klemperer Collection that were restituted in 1991 runs to 23 items.

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© Bonhams 2020
Sugar bowl Bonhams, London, Important Meissen Porcelain from a Private Collection, Part III, 22.07.2020, Los 83

Gift of 1991

The 62 porcelain objects from the Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer Collection are presented in a special section in the Online Collection.

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© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Herbert Jäger
Pigeon, model Johann Joachim Kaendler, Meissen 1732 SKD, Porzellansammlung, Inv.-Nr. PE 7279
Gift of 1991

Complete list

The complete list of the porcelain objects from the Gustav von Klemperer Collection that were gifted to the Porcelain Collection of the Dresden State Art Collections runs to 62 items.

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© Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Juergen Loesel
Teapot, Meissen around 1743 SKD, Porzellansammlung, Inv.-Nr. PE 1793
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