Between 1941 and 43, the MAK bought from the Dorotheum auction house a number of silver art objects, including two candelabra.
The only indication of their origin was a number on the invoice. In the Austrian State Archives, there is a card file in which
a large section of the so-called § 14 deliveries are registered. These refer to objects of precious metal, pearls, and jewels
which people persecuted as Jews by the Nazi regime were forced to sell to state purchasing agencies for ludicrous prices.
In September 2007, a joint project for the digitization of this card file was completed by the Dorotheum and the Holocaust
Victims Information and Support Center of the Vienna Jewish Community. Subsequently, the invoice number made it possible
to identify Anna Kutscher from Vienna as seller of the candelabra. On 19 March 2010, the Art Restitution Advisory Board recommended the restitution of the two candelabra to the heirs of Anna
Kutscher, which was effected on 6 December 2010.
Published for the exhibition of the same title (184.108.40.206.2005) German/English 116 pages, full colored illustrations 21 x 29,8 cm, paperback MAK, Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag Publishers, Ostfildern-Ruit,-Ruit 2005
Furniture and Woodwork Collection
Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt
The MAK is home to an extensive collection of furniture and woodwork, in light of which the artistic and stylistic tendencies
of furniture historywith a focus on Austria and Viennacan be understood along with the cultural-historical and
political developments of the past nearly 150 years. The collection encompasses over 4,600 objects ranging from small carvings
and ornamental boxes to massive cabinets and whole room interiors.