Sothebys to auction three Nazi-looted works restituted to Jewish collectors heirs

Camille Pissarro's Gelée blanche, jeune paysanne faisant du feu (1888) has a high estimate of £12m © Sotheby's images

Sothebys says it will auction three Impressionist paintings with a joint high estimate of £20m that were restituted to the heirs of Gaston Prosper Lévy, a Jewish property developer living in Paris whose collection was looted by German troops after he fled the Nazi occupation.

The most valuable of the three works, which are to be offered at Sothebys Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale on 4 February, is Gelée blanche, jeune paysanne faisant du feu (1888) by Camille Pissarro, with a high estimate of £12m. Together with Paul Signacs La Corne dOr (1907), it has been recently returned to Lévys heirs by the French government from the Musée dOrsay in Paris.

Paul Signacs Quai de Clichy. Temps Gris (1887) was discovered in Cornelius Gurlitt's art hoard © Sotheby's images

The third work, Quai de Clichy. Temps gris (1887), was discovered in the possession of Cornelius Gurlitt, a reclusive art hoarder who died in 2014, bequeathing his trove of art to the Museum of Fine Art in Bern. He had inherited the work from his Read More – Source

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