Matters

Frances Lasker Brody Estate Sale

Represented the estate of art collector Frances Lasker Brody in the historic sale of its collection at Christie's. The auction was highlighted by the $106.5 sale of Pablo Picasso's Nude, Green Leaves and Bust, a then record price for a work of art at auction.

Commission for Art Recovery – Baron Herzog Collection

Representation of the Commission for Art Recovery in recovering 10 paintings from the Hungarian government that were stolen from the heirs of Baron Herzog, a Hungarian aristocrat, during the Nazi regime. At Herrick's request, Senator Hillary Clinton wrote to the Hungarian Foreign Minister in support of our efforts. Senator Clinton issued a press release regarding her letter and also posted it on her website. To date, Herrick has also garnered support from Senator Lautenberg, Senator Kennedy and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.

The Republic of Turkey’s New York Consulate

Representing the Republic of Turkey in the development and construction of a new and expanded consulate at 46th Street and 1st Avenue across from the UN's General Assembly; a signature project as it expands its diplomatic footprint around the world. Our work includes advice on government relations, real estate development and construction, leasing, land use and zoning.

Wytfliet Atlas – National Library of Sweden

The Royal Library of Sweden, with the assistance of the United States Government and Herrick, Feinstein, LLP, has recovered a 415-year-old atlas which had been stolen along with dozens of other rare volumes ten years ago. Created by Cornelius van Wytfliet and known as the "Wytfliet Atlas," the book had been part of the Royal Library collection for over 300 years prior to its theft. The successful return of the atlas is the result of an ongoing investigation and recovery effort launched by the Royal Library in cooperation with U.S. officials and with the assistance of Herrick, Feinstein in hopes of locating all of the stolen books.

Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray – “Portrait of Wally” Restitution

After over ten years of litigation, our client, the Estate of Lea Bondi Jaray, achieved a very favorable settlement in the case of United States v. Portrait of Wally, which has been credited with being one of the first to focus the world's attention on the problem of Nazi-looted art. Egon Schiele's Portrait of Wally was stolen in the late 1930's from Lea Bondi Jaray, a Jewish art dealer and collector, by a Nazi agent. The settlement compensates the heirs for the true value of the painting—$19 million—and provides for permanent signage acknowledging the painting's true provenance to be placed next to the painting after it is returned to the Leopold Museum in Vienna. The painting will be exhibited at the Museum of Jewish Heritage—A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York for three weeks, beginning with a ceremony on July 29, 2010 commemorating the legacy of Lea Bondi Jaray.

Specialty Finance Company – Art Lending

Represented a startup specialty lending company to make loans against artwork as collateral, including producing form documentation and discussions concerning credit policy and procedures.

Art and Antiquities Dealer – Conversion Action

Representation of a London-based art and antiquities dealer in a conversion action seeking the return of a rare and valuable stone table consigned to and auctioned by an auction house in New York.

Neue Galerie – Acquisition of Gustav Klimt’s “Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I”

Represented Neue Galerie New York in its historic acquisition of Gustav Klimt's painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, also known as The Woman in Gold. At the time it was reported to be the most valuable painting ever sold.

Marei von Saher – Goudstikker Collection – Dutch Restitution

Representation of Marei von Saher in her successful efforts to recover 200 artworks looted from her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art dealer, Jacques Goudstikker, during the Second World War. The works had been held by the Dutch Government for over 50 years.

Private Collector – Stolen Art Recovery

Representation of a private collector in recovering a collection stolen from an art storage facility and dispersed throughout the United States, and beyond, including Japan. We worked with the FBI Art Crime Task Force and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, helping to recover the majority of the collection. The thieves were caught, prosecuted and jailed.

Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (Edgar Degas)

Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a drawing by Edgar Degas ("Four Nude Female Dancers Resting") from the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker.

Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (Jacopo Bassano)

Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a painting by the Studio of Jacopo Bassano ("The Annunciation to the Shepherds"), that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker.

Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (Anthony van Dyck)

Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a painting by Anthony van Dyck ("Maria Magdalena"), that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker.

Heirs of George Grosz – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (George Grosz)

Representation of the heirs of the renowned German painter, George Grosz, in connection with their recovery of his 1929 painting entitled "Zeitideen" ("Ideas of Time").

Egyptian Government – U.S. v. Schultz

Counseled the Egyptian government in connection with the successful U.S. prosecution of a defendant accused of conspiring to smuggle Egyptian antiquities.

Marei von Saher – Recovery of Nazi-Looted Painting (J.W. de Cock)

Representation of Marei von Saher in connection with her recovery of a painting by the Dutch pre-Renaissance painter J.W. de Cock ("The Temptation of St. Anthony"), that was looted from the collection of her father-in-law, the renowned Dutch art collector, Jacques Goudstikker. This was the first painting from the Goudstikker collection to be restituted to the family.

Henry Newman – Settlement with Metropolitan Museum of Art (Claude Monet)

Representation of a collector in the settlement of a dispute over a painting by Claude Monet in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art claimed to have been stolen from a bank vault during the Soviet occupation of Berlin in 1945.

Malevich Heirs – Sale of “Suprematist Composition”

Representation of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich in connection with the auction sale of a Malevich work recovered from the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The sale was noted as one of the top ten art sales of the year 2000.

Heirs of Kazimir Malevich – Various Restitutions

Representation of the heirs of Kazimir Malevich, the noted early Twentieth Century avant-garde artist, in connection with the recovery of his works from the Museum of Modern Art and the Busch-Reisinger Museum at Harvard University.

Republic of Turkey – Medieval Religious Artifact Repatriation

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in its recovery of an intricately carved walnut panel from the Sultan's prayer gallery of the Great Mosque in Divrigi, Turkey, built in the 13th Century. We worked with the United States Government, which had sued a London art dealer, to secure the return of this priceless stolen antiquity. We also worked with Scotland Yard to achieve the return of four other panels from the Great Mosque, a medieval monument on UNESCO's World Heritage List of cultural sites recognize to be of "outstanding value."

Republic of Guatemala – Mayan Artifact Repatriation

Representation of the Republic of Guatemala in the recovery and repatriation of a portion of a 1,000-year-old Mayan monument that had been pillaged from an archaeological site.

Republic of Turkey – Lydian Hoard Restitution

Representation of the Republic of Turkey in recovering the fabled "Lydian Hoard" of ancient silver artifacts from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.