Tag Archives: seizure

Recent American Restitutions

Posted on: December 14, 2018 by Alexander Herman

American prosecutors have been busy of late. Not only has New York Assistant District Attorney Matthew Bogdanos been active over the past 18 months in seeking seizure and forfeiture orders for stolen or looted property, but the US Attorney’s office has been busy as well. Added to this is the favourable stance the US courts […]

New York seizure of a “recovered” Persian artefact

Posted on: November 28, 2017 by Alexander Herman and Holly Woodhouse

Last month, on the 21st of October, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office (along with local police) seized an ancient Achaemenid Persian bas-relief from the European Fine Art Fair at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. The item was being offered for sale by the London-based art dealer Robert Wace for roughly $1.2 million. The […]

International Art Loans: 7 June seminar

Posted on: March 29, 2016 by Ruth Redmond-Cooper

On Tuesday 7 June 2016 from 2.00-6.00 pm there will be an Institute of Art & Law seminar in association with Maurice Turnor Gardner LLP held at the firm’s London offices in Milton Street EC2Y 9BH. The seminar will explore the legal issues surrounding international art loans, covering questions relating to art loan agreements, jurisdiction and conflict of laws, government indemnity […]

Canada returns Khajuraho sculpture to India

Posted on: April 29, 2015 by Alexander Herman

Earlier this month, it was reported that Canada was returning a 900-year-old sandstone statue to India. This was done with all the necessary pomp and ceremony, with each nation’s prime minister more than ready for a dual photo op with the piece. Of course it represented much more than mere cultural restitution: as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, cultural relations between […]

What To Do With East Germany’s Looted Art?

Posted on: August 5, 2014 by Alexander Herman

Much has been said and written about the present day treatment of Nazi-looted art. But there is another, less well-known chapter to Germany’s past. This involves the confiscation of works of art from East German citizens by the former German Democratic Republic (GDR). Often the confiscations occurred because the owners of the works were considered members […]

No Attachment for Iranian Antiquities, Once Again

Posted on: April 24, 2014 by Alexander Herman

A group of nine individuals, survivors of a vicious 1997 Hamas terrorist attack in Jerusalem, have once again failed to seize certain Iranian antiquities in US museums in order to satisfy judgment obtained from a D.C. Court. The 2003 default judgment from the D.C. District Court had held Iran, as sponsor of Hamas at the time, […]

Gurlitt Art Trove in the News

Posted on: April 10, 2014 by Alexander Herman

The well-known US news show, CBS’s 60 Minutes, has just this week broadcast a lengthy report on the Cornelius Gurlitt affair, complete with interviews of a distant Gurlitt cousin, his (former) legal team and some provenance and legal experts. The report can be watched online here. More recently, there have been reports that the Augsburg prosecutor, […]