On 16 July 2019, the Court of Appeal of Amsterdam ("the Court") rendered an interlocutory judgment in the proceedings regarding the "Crimean artefacts"
When is an art object indispensable and irreplaceable and so important that the community has an interest in a certain art object not leaving the country but being protected and possibly purchased by the government?
In the year 2022, this topic attracts a great deal of attention. What are museums obliged to do, even if they want to dispose of art objects again; what protection do art objects that are lent out internationally enjoy? All aspects that are connected to the concept of protected heritage.
The blogs about Protected Heritage
The painting 'The Standard Bearer' is for sale. Rembrandt painted this work in 1636. James de Rothschild bought the painting at Christie's in 1840. It has had France as its permanent home since. The painting had already left the Netherlands in the eighteenth century, possibly earlier.
The Municipality of Rotterdam owns a large number of art objects. The objects are housed in various museums. Museums are cutting back and assessing surplus pieces. As a result, the Municipality is confronted with the concept of "de-collecting".