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Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel: A painting now in the possession of Glasgow City Council

Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in the possession of Glasgow City Council (HC 155)

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Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of a painting now in the possession of Glasgow City Council

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A painting, part of the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, was looted during the Nazi era. The picture ‘Still Life’, formerly attributed to the 18th century artist Chardin, was seized from an auction house in 1936 and was acquired in good faith by the Burrell collection eight years later.

The Spoliation Advisory Panel recommended that, subject to any legal impediments imposed by the donor, Glasgow City Council should return the work to the claimants, who wished to remain anonymous. The painting was donated to the Council’s predecessor, the Corporation of the City of Glasgow, by the collector Sir William Burrell and his wife in 1944.