FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOHN AND ANNA JAFFÉ
Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A. (1775-1851)
Glaucus and Scylla
John and Anne Jaffé were well-known figures in the English community in Nice who delighted in collecting wonderful art for their villa on the Promenade des Anglais. They focused primarily on British and Dutch art, although their collection included significant works by Turner and Gainsborough, Teniers and Van Ostade, Guardi and Goya.
John died in 1934, although Anna lived long enough to witness the occupation of France and the collaborationist policies of the Vichy government whose anti-Jewish measures led to the seizure of the Villa Jaffé and the confiscation and forced auction of the collection in 1943. The couple’s painting by Guardi, The Grand Canal Venice with the Palazzo Bembo, was selected for Hitler’s planned museum in Linz, but was recovered by the Allies and returned to France after the war, along with a handful of other paintings which entered the French collection of recovered works (the Musées Nationaux Récupération). The Guardi was eventually restituted to the family in 2005 by the French state and offered by Christie’s in London that July.
J.M.W. Turner’s Glaucus and Scylla was returned by the Kimbell Art Foundation in Fort Worth in 2006 and offered for sale at Christie’s in New York in April 2007, where it was re-acquired for the museum.