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Jorisch v. Lauder

Jorisch v. Lauder, No. 1:07-cv-09428 (S.D.N.Y. filed Oct. 22, 2007); voluntarily withdrawn, Dec. 17, 2007.

Georges Jorisch, the grandson of a Viennese Jew, filed, and later dropped, a lawsuit against Leonard Lauder, seeking recovery of Gustav Klimt’s Blooming Meadow.  Jorisch claimed that his grandmother, Amalie Redlich, inherited the painting in 1926 from her brother, Viktor Zuckerkandl, a steel magnate and friend of the artist.  A 2007catalogue raisonné of Klimt supported Jorisch’s claim, although later editions of that catalogue did not, nor did an earlier catalogue raisonné by a different scholar. . . .

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