Nazi loot goes under the hammer

Katherine BOYLE, of Bonhams, examines one of several porcelain figures that will go on sale on Wednesday next week as part of a collection of fine Meissen Porcelain that was damaged by Second World War bombing in Dresden after it was seized from Jewish collectors by the Nazis.

It is one 261 rare lots from the world-famous collection originally assembled by Gustav and Charlotte von Klemperer in the 19th century to have miraculously survived the war. Sebastian Kuhn, the firm's continental porcelain specialist, said: "These pieces – even those in a fragmentary state – are evidence of the exceptional quality and rarity of the Meissen porcelain owned by Gustav von Klemperer. They are also an evocative reminder of the terrible fate of the collection."

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The pieces will be sold in New Bond Street, London.