Burrell painting looted in Nazi era

The Times 25 November 2004
By Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent

AN 18th-century painting in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow was looted during the Nazi era and must be returned to its rightful owner, an independent panel ruled yesterday.

The painting, A Still Life, which was once attributed to the French master Chardin, was seized from an auction house in 1936 and acquired in good faith by the shipping magnate and art collector Sir William Burrell eight years later.

The painting was donated to the city of Glasgow by Sir William and his wife in 1944.

The Spoliation Advisory Panel, which was set up by the Government in 2000 to help to resolve disputes over art looted during the Nazi era that may now be in national collections, has recommended that Glasgow City Council should return the work to the claimants, who wish to remain anonymous.

This is the second report of the panel, which is chaired by Sir David Hirst, a retired Lord Justice of Appeal, A spokesman for Glasgow City Council welcomed the report but said the council was “disappointed that the matter cannot be immediately resolved because of the need for further investigation into the restrictions placed upon the council by the terms of the Burrell bequest”.
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