The Spoliation Advisory Panel has published a report on a claim for the return of a tapestry fragment, once the property of the art collector, Emma Budge, and now in the possession of Glasgow City Council as part of the Burrell Collection. The Panel found that, following the death of Mrs Budge in 1937, her art collection was sold by the Aryanised Jewish auction house of Paul Graupe and her family was deprived of the proceeds of the sale.
The Panel considered that the Estate has a strong moral claim to the restitution of the
Tapestry but noted that the terms of the Burrell bequest prevents them from offering this as a solution. The Panel’s recommendation is therefore that Glasgow City Council make an ex gratia payment to the Estate of a sum reflecting the current market value of the Tapestry but allowing for the notional costs of sale were the Tapestry to be released on the market.
The Spoliation Advisory Panel was designated by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport as the Advisory Panel for the purposes of considering the claim under Section 3(2) of the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009. The Panel was established in 2000.