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Transfer ceremony marks return of antique porcelain to heirs of former German prime minister

Count Heinrich von Bruehl, a former prime minister of Saxony.

During World War II, the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand was stolen. After a forensic investigation by ICE, the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand, which has been in the Toledo Museum of Art’s collection since 1956, was determined to be the same piece taken from Dresden. Custody will transfer to the Dresden State Art Collections on behalf of the von Bruehl heirs, who have agreed to lend the work to the Dresden museum upon its return to Germany.

the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand “Today’s ceremony rights a decades-old wrong and reconnects this valuable artifact to its rightful cultural origin and history,” said ICE Director John Morton. “This artifact represents an important part of the German national heritage and identity and we are grateful to be involved in its return.”

“While we are certainly sad to see the Nereid leave us, we take pride in the fact that the Toledo Museum of Art upholds the highest standards of museum practice by fully cooperating with the investigation and then returning a beloved piece that has been definitively proven not to be ours,” said Carol Bintz, chief operating officer of the Toledo Museum.

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