Art Law

Schelstraete Lawyers offers a wide range of legal solutions for national and international clients in the world of art. We advise and represent artists, experts, art collectors and consultants, art businesses, museums, galleries, auctioneers and others involved in the art sector.

We are able to provide our clients with advice in relation to particular aspects, such as consignment, auction purchase or resale right.

We negotiate national and international art deals and litigate any disputes arising therefrom.

One of our most prominent cases is about a Dutch client of Schelstraete Lawyers who was the seller of a painting related to the artist Jacob Jordaens. The buyer of the painting had consulted several art experts who claimed that the painting is not the original but rather a copy of Jordaen’s work. Hence, the buyer claimed compensation in the amount of 650,000 euros. The Court rejected the buyer’s claim. The buyer subsequently appealed the decision, but due to the buyer’s failure to submit grounds of appeal, the Court of Appeal declared the appeal inadmissible.

Luc Schelstraete, an art enthusiast, has been collecting art since opening his own practice in 1989. For more information, please visit

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