The Spoliation Advisory Panel has published a report on a claim for the return of four Nymphenburg figures, once the property of the art collector, Emma Budge, and now in the possession of the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford. 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’s recommendation is that the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery should offer to return the four Nymphenburg figures to the Estate of Mrs Budge, given the circumstances of their loss.
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.