Van Dijk Restituted to Schloss Friedenstein

May 26 2020

Image of Van Dijk Restituted to Schloss Friedenstein

Picture: Van Ham Auctions

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

An eighteenth century painting by Philip Van Dijk of Venus and Cupid has been restituted to Schloss Friedenstein in Gotha, Germany. The last inhabitant of this palace was actually the grandson of Queen Victoria; the murky Prince Charles Edward (d.1954), son of Prince Leopold Duke of Albany. The picture was due to come up for sale in Van Ham Kunstauktionen's upcoming sale with an estimate of €5,000 - €8,000.

Curiously, is seems that the painting was catalogued and ready to be sold with this inclusion in the note;

According to a writing from 22.2.2005 the Foundation Schloss Friedenstein Gotha and the Federal Republic of Germany confirmed, that they will make no further claims on this work.

I wonder when they changed their mind?

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