Norman Palmer QC CBE is asked to comment on a national news channel on the discovery of ‘Treasure Trove’ of Nazi-Confiscated Art Works in Munich

Posted on: November 7, 2013 by


The extraordinary revelation this week of the find more than two years ago in a flat in Munich of a huge number of art works gives rise to many questions, both legal and evidential, and raises many challenges for the authorities in Germany that now have possession of the artworks in question. Norman Palmer QC CBE appeared on a national news channel to comment on the legal implications arising out of this find. Thought to have been destroyed in Second World War Dresden bombing, it was originally believed that the pieces, which include, it would appear, paintings, prints, etchings and engravings by Chagall, Beckmann, Picasso, Matisse and others, had been destroyed during an Allied bombing raid. Their reappearance means that questions must be asked as to how Mr Gurlitt and before him his father came into possession of these works, who should now be considered to be the legitimate owners of the works, where they should be placed pending enquiries and how potential claimants should proceed if they wish to assert ownership of any of the works.