Monday, 21 November 2016

Nazi ex Bernheim-Jeune: Egyptian pharaoh head

Wooden mask with enamel eyes.



MM. Bernheim-Jeune — Paris, France
Collection: (JBernheim-Jeune) Paris region and Rastignac-While most of Josse Bernheim-Jeune's collection was spread out among properties in Paris and Fontainebleau, parts of it were transferred to the Rastignac estate in the Dordogne in southwestern France. On March 30, 1944, a combination of German troops, Georgian irregulars from Paris, SD agents from Perigueux and SS troops descended in the area around Rastignac. The castle was torched. After the war, a surviving witness attested to the fact that the art works had perished even though others attested to the presence of several trucks that left the castle grounds shortly before the fire was set. The fate of the art is unknown.
Inventory No.:
Artist: Ancienne Egypte
Medium: Antiquities
Title: Masque funéraire en bois avec les yeux en émail
Description: Coiffe en forme pharaonique.
Provenance and Comments:
Archival Sources: RA 625, MAEE, Paris, France
Intake place: Hotel Polignac, Fontainebleau
Intake date: 1941-00-00
Restituted? No

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