Jewel once owned by Joan of Arc at centre of stormy dispute

UK authorities may demand the return of a ring which once belonged to Joan of Arc after it was sold to a French theme park in February.

On Wednesday (16 March), The Art Newspaper raised the question of whether the ring had been legally exported to France following its sale. If it is discovered that an export licence was not obtained it is thought that British authorities are likely to request the return of the ring. Continue reading

Collectors lobby to reform Italian export laws

As an art owner, you might have thought it was within your right to freely enjoy, loan or perhaps even sell your artwork. The Italian government wants you to think again.

Under existing legislation, any artwork in Italy created over 50 years ago by an artist who has died requires a licence for temporary or permanent export regardless of the work’s market price. The rules empower local Italian art authorities to block the sale and export of artworks deemed to be of cultural interest.  Continue reading