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Paintings from the collection of Carl Thürling

Around 1930, Carl Hagen acquired twenty-one paintings by Dutch Masters from a defaulter. This individual's name was Carl Thürling; he resided at the time in the Dutch city of Amsterdam.

Dr. Carl Thürling (1887-1955) was a lawyer and worked at the German Reichs Economy Ministry until 1921. Than he was employed by the Amstelbank in Amsterdam, who belonged to the Rothschild Family. The Amstelbank was liquidated in 1931, and Carl Thürling moved back to Berlin. He founded a law firm, working as a lawyer and notary. After 1933 he became member of the NSDAP. After the end of the war, he was licensed as lawyer again in Berlin. Carl Thürling died in Berlin in 1955.

Carl Thürling purchased most of the paintings from the gallery van Diemen & Co. This gallery had branches in Berlin and Amsterdam. The director was Dr. Eduard Plietzsch. This could explain, why the Hagen family decided to commission him to sell 13 paintings.

The paintings were mostly sold to art dealers. Several paintings could be located. Among them are the "The Lemon Slice" by Jacob Ochtervelt and the "River landscape" by Jan van Goyen. The painting by Jacob Ochtervelt is now with the Bavarian State Paintings Collections in Munich. It was donated to that museum by the daughter of Fritz Thyssen. The "River landscape" by Jan van Goyen was bought by the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, Mass., USA, in 2003.

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