Viola d'amore

Restitution status: Return to the heirs has occurred

Categories: Musical instruments

Object Data




Inventory Number

Dorotheum, Kat. Nr. 282


Cover made of spruce, bottom in one part and notches made of maple with fine, regular flame pattern, red-brown, finshed with lacquer, rim of cover surrounded with meander pattern, made of mother-of-pearl and black filling compound, C-shaped soundholes, head shaped like an amorette with blindfold and wings, six times six strings




65 cm


19.2 cm

Provenance Data


Former owner according to museum / collection

Collection Felix and Josefine Löw-Beer


Assignment/presentation from the public sector 1938-45

Provenance according to museum / collection

Entered the Collection of Old Musical Instruments for conservation on June 30, 1939 from the 'Zentraldepot für beschlagnahmten jüdischen Kulturbesitz' (Central Depot for Jewish Cultural Property)


Art Restitution Advisory Board


The art restitution case is closed.


The committee in charge has recommended if possible to restore the art or cultural object, if owners or their legal successors can be established.

Committee in charge

Federal Ministry for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport


The body in charge has decided to restore the art or cultural object to the owners or their legal successors.


The art or cultural object was restituted to the owners or their legal successors.


In its meeting of March 20, 2009 the Advisory Board unanimously reached the following decision: The Advisory Board recommends to the Federal Minister for Education, the Arts and Culture that the musical instruments of the Collection of Old Musical Instruments from the Kunsthistorische Museum (Museum of Art History) be handed over to the legal successors of Felix and Josefine Löw-Beer. The aforementioned musical instruments are listed in the file and designated with ‘Collection Felix and Josefine Löw-Beer’.The musical instrument was handed over to the heirs on June 28, 2010.

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