In April 2019, research began at the University of Bonn on international practice in the restitution of artworks stolen under the Nazi regime. Head of the research project is Prof. Dr. Matthias Weller, who holds the “Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach professorship for civil law, art and cultural property law”.
The project aims to provide a comprehensive, comparative analysis of international practice in the restitution of Nazi-looted art. It aims to establish a generalized set of rules on how decisions are made based on considerations of fairness and justice. Once established, these rules can be used as guidance and support for those who make decisions and recommendations on matters of restitution. The project focuses on those countries which, in line with the Washington Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art, have established restitution commissions as alternative mechanisms for resolving ownership disputes. The countries in question are Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
TIAMSA New York member Julia May Boddewyn is currently researching an American dealer who worked with watercolour artists from the UK and Italy. Julia would be delighted to connect with fellow TIAMSA members who are experts in the market of watercolours in the first half of the 20th century from these countries!
If you have any information please contact Julie directly: juliacmay[@]gmail.com
The French periodical ‚Nouvelles de l’estampe‘ has just gone open access with a new issue including an article by Antoinette Friedenthal presenting the discovery of a portrait of Pierre I Mariette (c. 1603-1657), the founder of the Mariette dynasty of print and book dealers. Hidden unrecognized in the encompassing print collection which the Mariette assembled for Prince Eugene of Savoy from c. 1717 onwards (much of which survives in the Albertina in Vienna), the portrait was etched by Pierre I’s grandson Jean Mariette (1660-1742) and inscribed ‘Petrus Mariette. Iconum mercator Parisiis’ by the sitter’s great-grandson Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774), the last art dealer of the family known as one of the foremost connoisseurs of prints and drawings of the 18th century. The article is available both in French and in English.
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