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Book review in the International Journal of Cultural Property

I am very pleased that my book has been reviewed in the latest issue of the International Journal of Cultural Property (Cambridge University Press). Betty L. Schlothan, PhD candidate, University of California, writes:

"Anne Laure Bandle’s book, titled The Sale of Misattributed Artworks and Antiques at Auction, covers the topic of contractual law focusing on auctions and current controversies surrounding misattributed artworks. Awarded the Walther Hug Prize 2017 for its advancement of legal studies, her book reveals the author’s deep understanding of the commercial transactions of art sales. (...) The audience for Bandle’s book includes art market specialists, legal scholarsand students, art historians, collections committees and acquisition staffs in museums, and anyone interested in purchasing a work of art from an auction house or selling one there. The book is well researched with regard to the role of auction houses in the art market, case law, and scholarly opinions on legal statutes; it is also very accessible. Bandle manages the complexities of the regulations with ease, while enlivening the text with references to cases of “sleepers,” such as the drawing La Bella Principessa attributed to Leonardo da Vinci (57f), two paintings attributed to Sir Anthony van Dyck (17), and Nicolas Poussin’s The Destruction and Sack of the Temple of Jerusalem (80), which was originally attributed to Pietro Testa (1f)." ​

For more information and to purchase the book, please visit Edward Elgar's website.

Reference: Betty L. Schlothan, "Review of Anne Laure Bandle, The Sale of Misattributed Artworks and Antiques at Auction. 416 pp. Northampton: Edward Elgar Publishing, 2016", International Journal of Cultural Property (2017) 24:517–518.


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