On 1 March 1939, the MAK requested the seizure of the Schiff-Suvero collection, suggesting at the same time to hand over the collection to the museum on a short-term basis for inventorying purposes. Following the inspection of the objects, which were stored at the St. Lucas Gallery in Vienna, the museum entered into purchasing negotiations with the lawyer of Erwin Reitzes, heir-at-law of the deceased collector, Emma Schiff-Suvero; these were concluded at a very favorable total price of 12,000 Reichsmarks. 120 objects purchased comprised selected items from the large textile collection of Emma von Schiff-Suvero. In addition, the MAK also acquired 32 glass and porcelain objects from the Schiff-Suvero collection for 6,000 Reichsmarks in August 1939. The MAK files contain no indication of any request made for restitution of the objects from the Schiff-Suvero collection after 1945.
On 10 April 2002, the Advisory Board recommended the restitution of 212 objects which were kept at the MAK.The ceramic and glass objects were returned on 10 April 2003, the textile objects on 8 September of the same year.