Art Theft

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 4th December 2006.

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Photo of Andrew Dismore Andrew Dismore Labour, Hendon

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport how many items have been identified as looted art by the Spoliation Advisory Panel since it was established; how many of these have been (a) returned to their original owners and (b) the subject of offers of compensation; what the (i) names and (ii) descriptions of these works of art are; and in which institutions they are held.

Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Minister of State (Department for Culture, Media and Sport) (Culture)

The Spoliation Advisory Panel has so far identified seven items as spoliated between 1933 and 1945. None of the items have thus far been returned to their original owners, though negotiations are under way to return one on a long-term loan. Ex-gratia payments have been made in respect of six of the items.

The items identified as spoliated and the institutions in which they are held are:

"A View of Hampton Court Palace" by Jan Griffier the Elder, which is in the possession of the Tate;

"Still Life" attributed to Jean-Baptiste-Simeon Chardin. The painting is part of the Burrell Collection;

The "Beneventan Missal" currently in the possession of the British Library; and

The "Holy Family" by Niccolo dell'Abbate; "An Allegory on Poetic Inspiration with Mercury and Apollo", by Nicholas Blakey; "Virgin and Infant Christ, adored by St. Elizabeth and the Infant St. John" by Martin Johann Schmidt and"St. Dorothy with the Christ Child" by School of Martin Schoengauer are in the possession of the British Museum.

Copies of the Panel's reports are available in the House of Commons Library and on the Department's website www.culture.gov.uk.

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