This painting was passed on to Mrs Bieruma Oosting - Baroness of Harinxma thoe Slooten in Beesterswaag. After the war broke out, various parties showed interest in the painting. A request from art dealer Van Praag to purchase the painting was refused. The owner was also approached by the Katz firm, who indicated that Göring wished to purchase the work. When Mrs Bieruma Oosting proved unwilling to sell, Katz's representative notified her that 'if she decided to sell the painting it would probably save a few Jews'. In a statement made on 28 May 1945, J.M. Bieruma Oosting indicated that Mrs Bieruma Oosting did not entertain this invitation as she did not wish to sell the painting and because no guarantee could be given that the Jews would actually be released.
Later on, Mrs Bieruma Oosting nevertheless decided to sell the painting. On 11 January 1943, it was sold to the Dienstelle Mühlmann for Hfl. 160,000.-, paid in 98 preferred shares in the Dortsche Petroleum Maatschappij. The purchase contract stipulated that these were not to originate from Jewish property. Another clause was included which was very important to Mrs Bieruma Oosting namely that her gravely ill son, Johan Maurits, would not be called up for service such as military service and that no further requisitions would be made from the house 'Lauswolt'.
After the war, Mrs Bieruma Oosting was summoned to appear before the Tribunaal van het Arrondissement Leeuwarden who considered the painting cultural heritage which should not have been sold to another country. On 29 January 1947, the assets acquired by Mrs Bieruma Oosting through the sale of the painting were seized.
In an agreement dated 22 September 1953, the Dutch State formally reinstated Mrs Bieruma Oosting's possession of the painting. It was thereby also observed that Mrs Bieruma Oosting had been sentenced to return all the shares bar one to their former owners by procedures pertaining to the restitution of rights with regard to restoration of shares.
The same agreement also laid down that Mrs Bieruma Oosting had in turn sold the painting to the state and that the preferred share which remained had been returned to Mrs Bieruma Oosting full ownership. The agreement also included a statement to the effect that at the time Mrs Bieruma Oosting had sold the painting 'under coercion, threat or unseemly influence from or due to the enemy'.
Reconstruction origin history
Harinxma thoe Slooten, P.A.V. van
ICN inventariskaart; C. Hofstede de Groot, Verzeichnis der Werke Holländischen Maler, Esslingen a. N./Parijs, zesde deel, 1915, p.177, nr.362; Tent.cat. Rembrandt Tentoonstelling, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, juli-oktober 1935, nr.14
Harinxma thoe Slooten, R. baron van
ICN inventariskaart; Archief SNK nr.433, 863; C. Hofstede de Groot, Verzeichnis der Werke Holländischen Maler, Esslingen a. N./Parijs, zesde deel, 1915, p.177, nr.362; Tent.cat. Rembrandt Tentoonstelling, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, juli-oktober 1935, nr.14
Bieruma Oosting-Harinxma thoe Slooten, A.J. baronesse van