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Camille Pissarro Nazi-Looted Painting Ordered Returned

Camille Pissarro Nazi-Looted Painting Ordered Returned
This undated picture, part of a post WWII French government inventory of property looted in France by the Germans, provided by the French culture ministry shows a Pissarro painting: "La Cueillette des Bois," or "Picking Peas," painted by impressionist master in 1887. (French Culture Ministry via AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 05:27 PM

A U.S. couple was ordered Tuesday to return a valuable Camille Pissarro painting that was looted during World War II to the descendants of the French family who originally owned it.

A court in Paris said that Bruce and Robbi Toll of Pennsylvania had to give the painting back after an heir to the original owners recognized it when it was on loan by the Tolls to the Marmottan, a Parisian museum, and filed a lawsuit, according to the New York Post.

The Tolls has purchased the painting, "La Cueillete des Pois" ("Picking Peas"), from an auction at Christie's in 1995 and the court believed they had no idea it had been stolen previously, the Post reported. However, any sales of artworks looted by the French Vichy regime or the Nazis are void, the Post reported.

The Tolls were not given any financial compensation for the painting, for which they paid $800,000 in 1995, The Associated Press reported. The painting is now estimated to be worth $1.75 million, based on the insured value.

The Tolls have said they will appeal the ruling, the AP reported. The painting will be kept in escrow by the Orsay Museum in Paris until the appeal is decided.

Ron Soffer, attorney for the Tolls, said the Tolls were "disappointed" with the ruling and that "they don't understand why they have to pay for what happened during the war," the AP reported.

"The Tolls just want to get back that painting they like so much and put it back in their living room," Soffer said, the AP reported.

Bruce Toll founded the home construction company Toll Brothers and both Tolls are on the board of multiple museums including the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, ArtNews reported.

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A U.S. couple was ordered Tuesday to return a valuable Camille Pissarro painting that was looted during World War II to the descendants of the French family who originally owned it.
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