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6 months ago

Barbara R. Cochran, MFA  See profile asked this question:

Language pair:

French > English

Subject:

Business / Marketing / Financial

Level of diffculty:

Easy / medium

Word or term in question:

se livrait à des taxations

Context:

Pour assurer l’apparence d’honnêteté commerciale, à laquelle le Reichsmarschall tenait essentiellement, l’expert français, commis à cet usage, se livrait à des taxations dont l’incohérence n’était égalée que par leur flagornerie envers l’occupant. Les Deux Tahitiennes de Gauguin3 qui figurèrent à maintes expositions parisiennes furent évaluées 30 000 francs4. Une occasion à faire rêver tous les collectionneurs.

 

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6 months ago

CMD  See profile wrote:

engaged in appraisals

6 months ago

Ffion Marianne Moyle  See profile wrote:

subjected itself to taxations or taxes

My comment:

or rendered itself to taxes

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6 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

The subject of the sentence is "l'expert français" and "se livrer à" means to do or perform something.

6 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

came up with valuations

My comment:

ie he vastly undervalued the artworks in order to suck up to the Germans (who could thus purchase them more easily)

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6 months ago

martynback  See profile wrote:

The sentence about the Gauguin is an illustration of the ridiculously low value he placed on the artworks.

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