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Monday, 06 April 2015 11:16

A California Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Ongoing Cranach Case

Lucas Cranach the Elder's 'Adam and Eve' (pair), c. 1530. Lucas Cranach the Elder's 'Adam and Eve' (pair), c. 1530. Wikipedia

California’s District Court has emphatically denied a motion to dismiss a case about the ownership of Lucas Cranach the Elder’s life-size "Adam and Eve," around 1530.

This court ruling is the latest twist in a bitter legal battle that began in Federal Court in 2007 when Marei von Saher, the heir of Jewish art dealer Jacques Goudstikker, filed for ownership of the paintings.

They were part of a collection of more than 1,200 works owned by Goudstikker, who fled the Netherlands in 1940 after the Nazi invasion. The painting were hung outside the home of Nazi Reichsmarschall Herman Göring at one point during the war, according to von Saher’s court filings, but were returned by Allied Forces to the Netherlands in 1945.

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