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Esterházy Treasure to Remain State Property after Secondary Court Ruling

MTI-Hungary Today 2021.05.13.

The Esterházy Foundation will appeal against a ruling by the municipal court of Budapest after the secondary court left in place the primary court’s turning down the foundation’s claim for a collection of precious antiques, the foundation told MTI on Wednesday.

According to the ruling, the foundation could not prove that the items had been a part of the collections of Forchtenstein Castle, now in Austria, a seat of the aristocratic family. The ruling added that the family was in possession of the treasures after 1919, but did not return the collection to Forchtenstein. Instead, the last holder of the Esterházy entail voluntarily deposited the 270 pieces of silver, coins, and textiles with the Museum of Applied Arts of Budapest, where they were collectivised under a 1949 act.

The foundation said that they would elevate the case to the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court, and the Constitutional Court. They added that they could appeal to the European Court of Human Rights should the tertiary decision in Hungary go against them.

The foundation also repeated its earlier pledge to leave the treasures in Hungary and on public display even if they have the ownership.

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