An investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) has resulted in the return of German art stolen during World War II. One part of a porcelain dinner service, the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand was manufactured in Meissen, Germany, from the famed Swan Service. A forensic investigation by ICE determined that the Nereid Sweetmeat Stand at the Toledo Art Museum, where it has been since 1956, was the same piece taken from what was then called the Museum of Applied Art in Dresden.
The Toledo Art Museum, which commemorated the handover in a ceremony on February 23, 2011, acquired the piece in good faith from a New York dealer. The Swan Service is known for porcelain that is uniquely large and beautiful. Pieces are also rare – only about 200 are currently know to exist. The piece is scheduled to go on display in Dresden later this year.
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