Art Recovery International

Founded in 2013, Art Recovery International is a specialist practice providing due diligence, dispute resolution and art recovery services for the art market and cultural heritage sectors. It gives clients advice on the management, acquisition and return of cultural property.

Within this, the non-profit Artive Database is a system for the identification and recording of issues and claims attached to works of art.


Joshua Reynolds portrait

‘Stolen’ Joshua Reynolds portrait at centre of controversy between UK family and Japanese museum

12 September 2019

A Japanese museum has claimed it bought a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds “in good faith and without fault from a respectable art dealer” after it was identified as being stolen from a UK stately home.

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Rare manuscripts stolen from London auction house recovered in Italy

11 February 2019

A group of illuminated manuscripts valued at £100,000 that were stolen from a London auction house in 2016 have been recovered in Italy.

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Italy’s decision to cancel export licence “undermines trust”, says dealer

03 September 2018

An art dealership that sold a portrait of Napoleon’s brother-in-law to The Frick Collection in New York has strongly criticised Italy’s decision to retrospectively rescind its export licence.

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Dealer wins case over Old Master Portugal had ‘exported in error’

12 March 2018

A long-running dispute over the export of an important Old Master painting from Portugal has finally been settled after authorities ended an attempt to have the work repatriated.

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.

Blanchard found after 48 years

08 February 2016

A painting of a Parisian street scene stolen in New York has been recovered by the Art Recovery Group. The painting had been consigned to a Miami art gallery in November last year by a private individual.

Two art recovery agencies in dispute

01 February 2016

An increasingly bitter spat between two UK art recovery agencies – the Art Loss Register and the Art Recovery Group – has reached the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority.

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