Restitution claims

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Painting looted by Nazis and found on Lord Mayor of London’s wall returned to heir

06 November 2017

A 17th-century Dutch painting looted during the Second World War, which has been in the collection of the Lord Mayor of the City of London since the 1980s, is finally being returned to its rightful heir.


Controversial Meissen figure can leave the UK

16 October 2017

The estate of a prominent Jewish art collector has failed to secure the return of a rare Meissen figure that was the subject of a recent export stop.


Government to renew laws to enforce return of Nazi-looted art

21 July 2017

The UK government plans to renew the Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Act 2009 to extend beyond its 2019 end to ensure the law remains indefinitely.

Michele Marieschi at Sothebys

Old Master view of Venice to appear at Sotheby’s following restitution agreement

01 June 2017

A view of Venice by Michele Marieschi (1710-44) which was seized by the Nazis in 1940 will be offered at Sotheby’s this summer following an agreement over a longstanding restitution claim.


Budge estate seeks return of Böttger figure

30 May 2017

The estate of prominent Jewish art collector Emma Budge has appealed for a rare early 18th century Meissen stoneware figure – the subject of a recent export stop – to be returned.


Boston museum settles Nazi dispute

08 May 2017

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has settled a long-running dispute with the estate of a Jewish collector whose house contents was sold by the Graupe Auction House in Berlin in 1937.


Turkey appeals against stargazer sale

08 May 2017

Last week’s spectacular $14.5m sale of an ancient ‘stargazer’ idol has been placed in doubt after the Turkish government challenged Christie’s right to sell it.

Nazi-looted picture withdrawn from sale in Austria

08 May 2017

Austrian saleroom im Kinsky has hit out at the “biased reporting” and “aggressive reaction” to its decision to offer a Nazi-looted painting at auction. With heightened media coverage about the consignment, the portrait of a Dutch merchant by Bartholomeus van der Helst (1613-1670) was eventually withdrawn shortly before it was due to be offered in Vienna at the end of last month.


Old Master returned to Poland

02 May 2017

An Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

Simon de Vlieger painting

Old Master marine painting looted by Nazis returned to Poland

01 May 2017

Dutch Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.


German government appeals Guelph treasure ruling

24 April 2017

The German state has appealed against a landmark US court judgment that allowed three US citizens to proceed with a case seeking the restitution of an important collection of medieval devotional art.

US court rules heirs can sue Germany for return of Nazi loot

04 April 2017

A court in the US has given the go-ahead for Germany to be sued for the return of Nazi-looted art and artefacts under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act.

Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld drawing

Restituted German Romantic drawing for sale at Berlin auction in November

07 September 2016

A much-exhibited early 19th century drawing, restituted in August to the heirs of a Holocaust victim, has immediately appeared for sale in Germany.

Judge rules in museum’s favour over long-running Nazi-looted art claim

18 August 2016

The heir of the Dutch art dealer Jacques Goudstikker is planning to appeal against a court ruling over the ownership of a pair of works by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Nazi-looted art body calls for more transparency in German art market

29 June 2016

Calls for greater transparency in the way German institutions deal with Nazi-looted art should be extended to the country’s art and antiques trade, the Commission for Looted Art in Europe has said.

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Restituted works headline Impressionist and Modern art auction series

29 June 2015

A group of restituted paintings were among the highlights of a robust series of Impressionist and Modern art auctions in London.

Bern accepts Gurlitt bequest: disputed works to be returned

01 December 2014

The Kunstmuseum Bern’s announcement that it would accept the Gurlitt bequest (aside from any Nazi-looted art) has been followed by a pledge by Germany’s culture minister to return the disputed Matisse and other works to the families of their original owners.

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Jane Austen gold ring to stay in the UK

04 October 2013

The Jane Austen’s House Museum at Chawton in Hampshire has raised the £150,000 needed to keep a gold turquoise ring once owned by Jane Austen in the country.


Lloyd Webber Picasso returns to auction

22 March 2010

FOLLOWING the confidential settlement made between The Andrew Lloyd Webber Art Foundation and the heirs of Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Picasso’s 1903 portrait of his friend Angel Fernandez de Soto will be offered for sale at Christie’s in London on June 23 with an estimate of £30-40m.

Parties settle over Picasso ‘sold under duress’

11 January 2010

AN agreement over the disputed Blue Period Picasso painting The Absinthe Drinker may well lead to a clearer legal definition of what constitutes art sold under Nazi duress.