Dossier: The Guelph Treasure
Dossier The Guelph Treasure
The Guelph Treasure is one of the most important collections of medieval ecclesiastical art. It has been the subject of a restitution claim since 2008. In 2015, a lawsuit seeking restitution was filed in the U.S. SPK believes this lawsuit has no merit.
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The Guelph Treasure (Welfenschatz) is kept at the Berlin Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Decorative Arts) and is one of the most important collections of medieval German ecclesiastical art. Forty-two objects of the Guelph Treasure have been the subject of a restitution claim since 2008. In 2015, several plaintiffs filed a lawsuit seeking restitution before a court in Washington, D.C.
The Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz (Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation) has extensive experience in provenance research, with particular expertise in matters related to Nazi-looted art. It conducted thorough scholarly research into the circumstances surrounding the 1935 purchase of the Guelph Treasure objects by a consortium of art dealers, and concluded that the conditions for restitution in accordance with the Washington Principles were not met.