Lost Art

During the last couple of years the team of Muggenthaler Research has been extremely successful in tracing and returning valuable Nazi looted art to the heirs of the Jewish prewar owners. The team of Muggenthaler Research and the team of the law office Levi & Levi are commonly working these cases.

The lost art department of Muggenthaler Research either traces the paintings Jewish families lost during the holocaust or in cases where the provenence of a painting has been recognized as Nazi looted art, identifies the heirs of the Jewish prewar owner.

The law office Levi undertakes the whole legal recovery process no matter in which country the painting is currently hold.


Some recent results:

2016 Menzel oessterreichischer Offizier, successful restitution agreement with private owner, from the Sommerguth collection, Muggenthaler  representative for the heirs of Alfred and Gertrud Sommerguth sold at Villa Grisebach.

2014 Successful restitution agreement with private owner  of Juan Gris "compotier et fruit sur un gueridon"  from the collection of Dr. Ismar Littmann. Muggenthaler representative for the theirs of Ismar Littmann, sold at Sotheby’s

Restitution of Carl Blechen “ Waldlichtung mit kleinem Weiher und liegendem Hirten“
Another painting from the Sommerguth collection sold in a forced sale at the auction house Lange in September 1939 Berlin could be restituted to the heirs of Alfred and Gertrud Sommerguth. Alfred Sommerguth lived with his second wife Gertrud in Berlin and they were both enthusiastic art collectors. The collection consisted of more than 150 paintings.

World record price for an Adolf von Menzel, sold in an auction for 1.050.000 EUR after a satisfying settlement between heirs of Jewish owners and the present holders of the painting has been reached. Painting and heirs have been traced by Muggenthaler Research. Legal recovery work done by law office Levi & Levi. (2003)

City of Wuppertal, Germany, returned painting to the heirs of a Jewish owner. The painting of Adolf von Menzel has been sold under duress in a Nazi auction in 1939 and was found in the city owned "Van der Heydt Museum" in Wuppertal. Tracing of heirs, painting and recovery process done by Levi and Muggenthaler. (2003)

German Ministry of Finance returned painting of Franz von Lenbach from a Jewish collection, 60 years after it has been stolen by the Nazis, to the heirs of the rightful owners. Heirs have been traced by Muggenthaler Research. Legal recovery work done by law office Levi & Levi. (2001)