The Hague


The Hague’s art arbitration court to open in April

But it remains an open question whether the trade will accept the new court’s decisions

Conservation & Preservation

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

Looted art

The Dutch government gives up its claim on Nazi loot

The decision not to appeal cannot but weaken its claim to other war booty such as the Koenigs collection still held in Russia


Dutch government yields Nazi-looted 'NK collection'

Thousands of works in secret collection are now being claimed


New UNESCO protocol states attacks on cultural property during wartime will be criminalised

A new protocol allows for prosecution of organisations and individuals, putting pressure on art market professionals

Glerum Auctioneers

Glerum Auctioneers sale report: Growing Indonesian demand for colonial-period art

Dutch auction house holds successful sale in Singapore

Art market

Dutch government chases war-booty Savery

The piece was taken during World War II

War & Conflict

The full text of the Hague convention for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict (1954)

Neither the U.S.A. nor G.B. have ratified it, despite having insisted, with Turkey, on the inclusion of an exemption clause for military necessity