Between 1941 and 1943, the MAK purchased a number of silver artifacts from the Dorotheum, including two pots. The only cue
regarding their provenance was the number given on the invoice. The Austrian State Archives holdings comprise a card index recording a large part of the so-called § 14 deliveries.
This file concerns all those objects of precious metal as well as pearls and jewels which persons persecuted by the Nazi regime
as Jews were forced to hand over in 1939/1940. In September 2007, the Dorotheum and the contact department of the Vienna Jewish Community finished the project dedicated
to the digitization of this card index. Subsequently, the invoice number concerning the pots could be attributed to Elise
and Dr. Erich Müller from Vienna. Further research confirmed that the two pots had been in their possession until 1939. On 7 March 2008, the Advisory Board recommended to restitute the two pots to the heirs-at-law of Elise and Dr. Erich Müller,
which was effected on 9 Mach 2011.
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