This request for advice is based on an application submitted to the State Secretary for Culture, Education and Science on 7 November 2004 by C. L.-R. (referred to below as ‘the Applicant’) for the restitution of the painting Family Portrait by J.M. Quinkhard (NK 2079) from the private collection of her great-aunt, Rosa Jacobson-Granaat. The restitution application came in response to a letter from the Origins Unknown Agency (referred to below as ‘BHG’) dated 28 October 2004 and addressed to various members of Rosa Jacobson-Granaat.’s family, requesting information about the Quinkhard painting. In this letter, the BHG informed the recipients of the painting’s inclusion in the Netherlands Art Property Collection and of the possibility to submit a restitution application to the State Secretary in the event that the painting was lost involuntarily.
In response to the restitution application presented to it, the Restitutions Committee instituted a fact-finding investigation, consisting primarily of archival research. In its letter dated 21 December 2004, the Committee also contacted the Applicant to explain the Committee’s procedure and ask her to provide additional information. As part of its fact-finding investigation, the Committee also contacted Mr A.D. F. and Mrs C. M.-G. The Committee also presented an art historical issue to Mr R.E.O. Ekkart, director of the Netherlands Institute for Art History.
The results of this investigation were laid down in a draft report dated 5 January 2006, which was submitted to the Applicant for comment. With the exception of one comment of a factual nature, the Applicant could agree with the facts as presented in the draft report.
For the facts serving as the basis of this recommendation, the Committee refers the reader to the report adopted on 6 March 2006, the contents of which are deemed to comprise an integral part of this recommendation.