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U.S. Aids Recovery of 1639 Dutch Painting Taken by Hitler

  • Artwork was seized from prominent Jewish collector in Paris
  • Chilean dealer later tried to sell it through NY auction house
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U.S. prosecutors are trying to help the heirs of a once-prominent Jewish art collector recover a 1639 painting by a Dutch artist that was seized by the Nazis during World War II and ended up in Adolph Hitler’s personal collection.

“A Scholar Sharpening His Quill” by Salomon Koninck was one of hundreds of pieces taken in 1943 from the family of Adolphe Schloss, a collector in Paris who had one of the largest private collections of Old Master works by Dutch and Flemish artists, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement Friday. Schloss’s heirs have spent decades trying to recover the looted works.