The claim to NK 1432 is part of a larger claim to art objects in the NK Collection made by the applicants. Following the request for advice on 21 May 2007, the Committee conducted a fact-finding investigation, the results of which were recorded in a draft investigatory report of 1 October 2009. The draft investigatory report (RC 1.82) was sent to the applicants for comment and also to the State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science (hereafter referred to as: ‘State Secretary’) with a request for additional information. The applicants commented on the content of the draft investigatory report, and the State Secretary informed the Committee that she had no further information to add. The Committee subsequently decided to subsume the investigation into NK 1432 under a separate file (RC 1.82-A) in light of the fact that this object is also part of an application for restitution by Mathiason (RC 1.108). The Committee will issue a recommendation regarding the other objects claimed in RC 1.82 at a later date (RC 1.82-B). The investigatory report on which this partial recommendation RC 1.82-A is based has consequently been separated from the original draft investigatory report on RC 1.82. The applicants were informed of this in a letter dated 13 December 2010, which also contained the RC 1.82-A report. In their response, the applicants informed the Committee that additional investigations had not yielded any new information on the current NK 1432. The Committee adopted the investigatory report on RC 1.82-A on 31 January 2011, and refers to this report for the facts of the case. The applicants were represented in this procedure by M. Stötzel, lawyer, of Marburg, Germany.
 The request for advice regarding RC 1.82 concerns various other NK works, which will be dealt with in the future recommendation RC 1.82-B.
 Since the autumn of 2010, the State Secretary is the designated member of the government for restitution claims.