walnut, with pressed leather covering, Italy, 17th century / restituted
Friederike and Siegfried HERZEL
The examination of the entry 22.8.39 through State Buildings Administration from 18. Sternwartestraße 59 in the
MAK inventory showed that the address was that of a private residence that had belonged to Friederike Herzel, the jeweler
Siegfried Herzels wife. The Herzel family had escaped to the USA in 1938, the villa being Arianized by a Nazi official.
After inspection of the villas furniture by members of the MAK staff, five pieces were assigned to the museum. One of
the objects was lost during the last days of the war. On 1 June 2007, the Commission recommended to restitute the remaining four objects. The objects were returned on 11 August