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Nicola Sturgeon's chandelier 'not looted from Nazis'

By PA Reporters

Published 18/08/2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

There is no conclusive evidence that a chandelier hanging in Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's official Edinburgh residence was looted from Nazi Germany, according to a conservation charity.

The National Trust for Scotland, which owns Bute House, carried out an investigation into its archives after the claims emerged over the weekend. The chandelier was recently added to a list of artefacts of uncertain provenance, which allows people with more information to come forward.

An official guidebook for the Georgian house, in the Scottish capital's Charlotte Square, states that the chandelier was found "abandoned in one of the streets of Cleves", in Germany, by English interior decorator Felix Harbord. He is said to have forwarded it to Lady Bute, who arranged for its repair and installation.

But a report by Holocaust research organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Centre cast doubt on its provenance and suggested it may have been looted.

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