After one of the world’s toughest bans on ivory trade received Royal Assent in the UK late last year, a group of antique dealers and collectors applied for judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018. The claim, brought by Friends of Antique Cultural Treasures Limited or “FACT”, was heard by Mr Justice Jay on 16…Continue reading Ivory Act UK: High Court Judgment and Permission to Appeal
On 15 November 2019, the Special Advisor for Holocaust Issues to the US government, Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, delivered a keynote speech at the French government’s conference commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the French Commission pour l’indemnisation des victimes de spoliations (“CIVS”). Eizenstat, who has long campaigned for more action to encourage…Continue reading Eleven action points proposed for better implementation of Washington Principles
In September 2018, Ares Design Modena S.r.l. (“Ares”), a Modena-based coachbuilder, announced that it would produce and commercialise a modern replica of the Ferrari 250 GTO, based on the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta chassis. The article, published by luxury-lifestyle magazine RobbReport.com, included drawings of the soon-to-be-commercialised sports car that slavishly reproduced the iconic features of the…Continue reading The Ferrari 250 GTO is a work of art, says Italian Court
The Court of Appeal recently handed down judgment in the case of Prince Eze v Conway, another case on agents and secret commissions. The case revolved around whether an intermediary, Richard Obahor, acted as Prince Eze’s agent in the purchase of a property from Mr and Mrs Conway. At first instance, HHJ Keyser QC found…Continue reading Double Agents
The International Catalogue Raisonné Association (ICRA) will launch on Monday, July 1 at the Royal Academy in London. ICRA is the brainchild of its board, chaired by art market lawyer Pierre Valentin, a partner at Constantine Cannon LLP who also founded PAIAM, the Professional Advisors to the International Art Market. The decision to set up an…Continue reading New association for catalogue raisonné creators ‘will help stem flow of art fakes onto the market’
ICRA is a not-for-profit, membership-based association whose mission is to support all those working on catalogue raisonné projects including artists, representatives of artists’ estates, academics, scholars, experts, lawyers and publishers. It was inspired by CRSA, the Catalogue Raisonné Scholars Association founded in New York in 1994. A catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive inventory of all…Continue reading Constantine Cannon LLP are delighted to announce the launch of ICRA in London on 1 July 2019.