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Please note that this is lot is from the Collection of the Dukes of Anhalt. The provenance is:
The Dukes of Anhalt, Schloss Ballenstedt, Sachsen-Anhalt, inv. no. 23, and by descent to
Duke Joachim Ernst von Anhalt (1901-1947), from whom confiscated after 8 May 1945 and taken to the Staatlich Galerie Moritzburg Halle, Landesmuseum Sachsen-Anhalt, 1958-2003, inv. no. I/1770, whence restituted to the Ducal House of Anhalt, 2003.
The Princely and Ducal family of Anhalt (the so-called Askanier) was among the oldest and most important of the former reigning families in Germany. From the early Middle Ages until 1918, the heads of different branches of the dynasty were the sovereigns of the Duchy of Anhalt, which had been reunited in 1863 and later became in part today's federal state of Sachsen-Anhalt. Over several centuries, they influenced the political, economic and cultural history of Germany, and indeed of Europe, but their influence is most apparent in Sachsen-Anhalt itself, and in the towns of Ballenstedt, Bernburg, Dessau, Köthen, Mosigkau, Wörlitz and Zerbst.
After 1918, the Duchy retained considerable estates as well as a large part of the family collections they had assembled over the centuries - over 3,000 paintings alone were catalogued at the time. Besides these, the collections comprised prints, furniture, glass, porcelain, precious objects and works of art. The last reigning Duke and sole owner of the Askanian heritage, Duke Joachim Ernst von Anhalt (1901-1947) for the most part kept the vast and important art collections in the castles at Dessau and Ballenstedt, although many objects were lent to public museums, such as his own Joachim-Ernst-Foundation in Wörlitz.
War losses, looting and the dispossession of the Duchy's assets in the Soviet occupied zone, which later became the German Democratic Republic, reduced and dispersed the collections considerably. However, the three children and heirs of the Duke have now returned to Ballenstedt, and the family's researches into the whereabouts of the collections has led to the identification and restitution of several works of art, amongst them the present picture. Following their long family tradition, the Ducal House is again active in the economic and cultural life of Sachsen-Anhalt. This activity will be supported and strengthened through this sale at auction.