Circle of Hans Pleydenwurff
mixed technique painting; heavy canvas on panel, probably pine
121.9 x 48.6 cm (48 x 19-1/8 in)
(Paul Graupe [1881-1953], Paris);  acquired 1 July 1940 through (Sepp Angerer) by Walter Andreas Hofer for Hermann Goering;  recovered with Goering's collection at Berchesgaden and processed through the Munich Central Colllecting Point, property card no. 5529; restituted 25 September 1947 to Paris.  Private collection, London. (David M. Koetser Gallery, New York); sold 29 January 1954 to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation; gift 1960 to the North Carolina Museum of Art, no. GL 60.17.63.  Paul Graupe was an art dealer based in Berlin who left Germany in 1936 when he lost his Germany citizenship. He went first to England and then France, where he opened a new gallery on the Pace Vendôme in 1937 (keeping a branch on Cannon Street, London). He remained in France until May 1939 when he left for Switzerland, where he remained until December 1940. In June 1940 his Paris gallery was looted by the Germans; presumably this painting was taken at that time by Angerer for Goering. Graupe left Switzerland via Lisbon for the United States. He arrived in New York in March 1941 and became an American citizen in 1947. His son served in the British Army and had changed his surname to Grange.  The painting is listed as no. 332 on the list of objects packed from bunkers near Goering's estate of Carinhall and evacuated to his castle Veldenstein. [Records of the Munich Central Collecting Point, Restitution Research Records, United States National Archives M1946, roll 127]. From Veldenstein it was further evacuated to Berchesgaden, where it was recovered with Goering's collection and taken under the control of the 101 Airborne Division, US Army [Records of the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point, Restitution Research Records, United States National Archives, M1947, roll 81]. From there it was sent to the Munich Central Colllecting Point and restituted 25 September 1947 to Paris [Receipt for Cultural Objects dated 25 September 1947, item no. 33, Records of the Munich Central Collecting Point, Cultural Objects Movement and Control Records, United States National Archives M1946, roll 20].  The painting is published as missing in the Répertoire des biens spoliés en France durant la guerre, 1947, II: no. 1252. However, it is subsequently included on a list of works to be deleted from the Répertoire, prepared by Albert Henraux of the Commission de Recuperation artistique, dated 21July 1948 [Records of the Wiesbaden Central Collecting Point, Restitution Claim Records, France-French Government, United States National Archives, M1947, roll 43].