AVIGNON.- Régine Elkan, a French national residing near Avignon, France, filed a large Holocaust-related art claim with the Coordination Office for Lost Cultural Assets (Koordinierungsstelle fur Kulturgurverluste), a German government body in charge of Nazi-looted art claims. The claim involves a prestigious XVIIIth Century French Furniture collection looted during the Vichy Regime in France, traced to the bequest of a large decorative art collection, donated by Henriette BOUVIER to the Carnavalet Museum in 1966.
In 2002, Elkan filed a claim against the Carnavalet Museum for the restitution of the Bouvier Collection with a French State Commission in charge of Holocaust-related asset claims, the « Commission dIndemnisation des Victimes de Spoliations » (« CIVS »). Following the CIVS refusal to consider the claim, Elkan filed a lawsuit against the Office of the French Prime Minister, claiming that the CIVS, the Carnavalet Museum, and the City of Paris refused to disclose the provenance information of the Bouvier Collection.
Elkan then filed the claim with Germany because of the large trade in French Fine Furniture between France and Germany, and because of Bouviers role as a prominent decorative arts dealer during the Vichy Regime.