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Burrell painting looted by Nazis
Le Paté de Jambon by artist Chardin
Le Paté de Jambon by Chardin is on display at the Burrell
A painting in the Burrell Collection in Glasgow was looted from its Jewish owners during the Nazi era and must be returned, officials have declared.

Le Paté de Jambon, attributed to the artist Chardin, was acquired "in good faith" for the collection established by shipping owner William Burrell.

However, advisers to the Department For Culture Media and Sport said it was seized from an auction house in 1936.

They want it returned to the claimants, who wish to remain anonymous.

Responding to the findings of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, Arts Minister Estelle Morris said: "It is important that questions of ownership arising from the terrible events of the Nazi era are resolved.

... 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
Glasgow City Council
"I believe that the panel's recommendation is the most appropriate way to proceed.

"The panel have thoroughly examined the claim and I am persuaded by the arguments put forward by the panel."

The Scottish Culture Minister, Patricia Ferguson, said it would be up to Glasgow City Council to resolve the matter.

Wine and glasses

The collection of 9,000 works of art was gifted to the city of Glasgow in 1944 by the shipping magnate.

However, the call to hand over the work presents a problem for the collection.

It has strict rules stating that nothing can be sold, donated or parted with.

While its fate is decided, the 18th century painting of wine glasses and paté remains unseen in storage.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "We welcome the fact that this report has now been issued.

"We are, however, 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.

Sioux shirt

"This council has always been very open in our processing of requests for return of objects in our collection, with the Lakota Sioux Ghost Dance Shirt and the return of human remains to the Maori community in New Zealand being prime examples."

A panel was set up by Arts Minister Alan Howarth in 2000 to trace the ownership of art allegedly seized from Jewish owners before and during the Holocaust.

The Burrell Collection was subject to review because William Burrell did business with British and European dealers during the 1930s.

It is believed Burrell would have been unaware of the dubious history of the work.




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