Museum porcelain may have been looted by Nazis

The Times 29 March 2014
By David Sanderson


Meissen porcelain objects in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Ashmolean Museum are suspected of being looted by the Nazis. The porcelain is believed to have belonged to the collection of Emma Budge of Hamburg. Following her death in 1937, the collection was appropriated by the Nazis and subject to a forced sale.

The V&A said on Friday: "Three Meissen figures held in the V&A collection are being considered by the Spoliation Advisory Panel in response to an official claim. The V&A is following all due procedures and will act in accordance with the panel's findings." The Ashmolean said that it could not comment as the person in charge of the relevant collection was unavailable.

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