Bloomberg) — The heirs of Arthur Feldmann staked their claim to three
drawings housed at London’s Courtauld Institute of Art, saying the works
were looted by the Gestapo in 1939, the institute said.
The drawings, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, are an
architectural scene by Giuseppe Bibiena, a lion by Carl Ruthart and a
dog by Frans van Mieris the Elder, according to an e-mailed statement.
They are part of a bequest of more than 3,000 old master drawings made
by Robert Witt to the Courtauld in 1952, the museum said.
Feldmann, who lived in Brno in the former Czechoslovakia, perished in
the war, according to a claim cited by the Courtauld. His family has
been searching for years to recover more than 750 drawings, it said.
“The Courtauld will be giving this matter urgent attention and will
work closely with the heirs of Dr. Feldmann to achieve a resolution,”
Deborah Swallow, director of the Courtauld, said in the statement.
In February, the Dutch government agreed to return 200 paintings to the
heirs of Jacques Goudstikker, an art collector who lost his property
following the Nazi invasion of the Netherlands in 1940.