Tag Archives: collection

Mixed fortunes for art in the UK’s regions

Posted on: June 6, 2019 by Emily Gould

“Interesting and challenging times” was how the UK Museums Association Director, Sharon Heal, described the current climate for the sector in her introduction to the Association’s Annual Report last year. No more acutely are those challenges felt than by the UK’s regional museums, many of which are run by local authorities. Over half of these […]

Legal action brought by Rockwell heirs against Berkshire Museum

Posted on: October 25, 2017 by Hélène Deslauriers

Following our recent post on the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, legal action has now been taken by Norman Rockwell’s heirs against the Museum in relation to the upcoming auction sale of works from the collection. On 20th October, Norman Rockwell’s sons, Thomas, Jarvis and Peter Rockwell, along with other museum members and donors, filed a […]

Glasgow to compensate heirs of Nazi victim

Posted on: October 9, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Following on from my last post about two recent reports from the UK’s Spoliation Advisory Panel (SAP) regarding Nazi-looted art in British public collections, it was reported this summer that Glasgow City Council has followed an earlier SAP recommendation in relation to a 16th century tapestry fragment held at the city’s Burrell Collection. The November 2014 report recommended that an ex gratia payment (literally meaning […]

The gift vs. loan problem for museums

Posted on: August 14, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Having finished the IAL refresher course in Melbourne this week (with the full Diploma in Law and Collections Management course starting next Monday), it has become clear yet again the difficulties which museums face when dealing with certain objects in their collections. The difficulties stem from an uncertainty as to whether an object has been given (‘gifted’ or donated) to […]

The Hugh Lane Collection: a hundred years on

Posted on: May 31, 2015 by Alexander Herman

The disputed collection that had once belonged to the great Irish dealer and collector Sir Hugh Lane has once again made the headlines. Lane died one hundred years ago this month on the Lusitania when the ship was sunk by German U-boats on its journey from New York to Liverpool. He had put together a fantastic art […]

Dutch Restitutions Committee rejects Stettiner claim

Posted on: April 17, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Last month, the Dutch Restitutions Committee published its recommendation regarding a claim brought forward by the heirs of the three Stettiner siblings who ran the Stettiner Gallery in Paris until it was closed during the Second World War. The claim involved a portrait by Salomon Koninck (1609-1656) entitled Old Man with Beard, which currently forms part […]

Copyright and Cultural Heritage 2.0 in Edinburgh

Posted on: February 3, 2015 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

The Institute of Art & Law was happy to participate in a conference entitled Copyright and Cultural Heritage 2.0, hosted by The Scotsman and Shepherd & Wedderburn solicitors, in association with the Scottish Council on Archives. The conference took place at the National Galleries of Scotland in Edinburgh. On the agenda were a number of issues […]

Upcoming seminar: Succession Planning for Art

Posted on: January 20, 2015 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

On 25 February 2015, there will be an IAL evening seminar hosted by Collyer Bristow LLP in London entitled Succession Planning for Art: Owners, Collectors and Creators. The seminar will examine the most effective ways in which artists, dealers and collectors can ensure that, following their death, their wishes concerning the disposition and management of their estate […]

Metropolitan Museum buys Egyptian treasure

Posted on: October 7, 2014 by Alexander Herman

As reported last week, an important collection of Egyptian antiquities, the Harageh Treasure, was withdrawn from auction at Bonhams in London, where it had been consigned by the Archaeological Institute of America St Louis Society, with an estimated sale price of £80,000 to £120,000. It has since been revealed that the Treasure had been bought by the […]

Wedgwood collection saved

Posted on: October 3, 2014 by Alexander Herman

The Wedgwood collection of porcelain, photographs and paintings has been saved. As reported in September, a deadline had been given of 30 November 2014 to raise the remaining £2.7 million of the nearly £16 million needed for the Art Fund to buy the collection and keep it in one piece. The remaining amount has since […]