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CISG CASE PRESENTATION

Netherlands 17 July 1997 District Court Arnhem (Kunsthaus Math. Lempertz v. Wilhelmina van der Geld)
[Cite as: http://cisgw3.law.pace.edu/cases/970717n1.html]

Primary source(s) for case presentation: Michael R. Will; Unilex abstract


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Case identification

DATE OF DECISION: 19970717 (17 July 1997)

JURISDICTION: Netherlands

TRIBUNAL: Rb Arnhem [Rb = Arrondissementsrechtbank = District Court]

JUDGE(S): Unavailable

CASE NUMBER/DOCKET NUMBER: Unavailable

CASE NAME: Kunsthaus Math. Lempertz OHG v. Wilhelmina van der Geld

CASE HISTORY: 2nd instance Hof Arnem 9 February 1999 [affirming on different grounds (appellate court ruled that CISG not applicable)]

SELLER'S COUNTRY: Netherlands (plaintiff)

BUYER'S COUNTRY: Germany (defendant)

GOODS INVOLVED: Work of art (painting)

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Classification of issues present

APPLICATION OF CISG: Yes [Article 1(1)(b)]

APPLICABLE CISG PROVISIONS AND ISSUES

Key CISG provisions at issue: Article 2(b) ; 7(1) ; 35 ; 36(1) ; 69(1)

Classification of issues using UNCITRAL classification code numbers:

2B [Exclusions from the Convention: sales by auction (Convention applied: transaction concerned an order to sell by auction, not a sale by auction];

7A3 [Observance of good faith (claim held to be time-barred: court ruled that this conclusion confirmed by application of principle of good faith in international trade, a general principle underlying the Convention];

35A ; 35B [Conformity of goods to contract];

36A [Time for assessing conformity of goods: conformity determined at time when risk passes to buyer];

69A1 [If buyer is to collect goods at seller's place, risk passes when buyer takes goods]

Unavailable

Descriptors: Auction sales ; Good faith ; General principles ; Conformity of goods ; Delivery ; Passage of risk

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Editorial remarks

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Citations to case abstracts, texts, and commentaries

CITATIONS TO ABSTRACTS OF DECISION

(a) UNCITRAL abstract: Unavailable

(b) Other abstracts

English: Unilex database <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=355&step=Abstract>

CITATIONS TO TEXT OF DECISION

Original language (Dutch): [1998] 16 Nederlands International Privaatrecht (NIPR) No. 107 [124-126]; [1997] Nederlandse Jurisprudentie - Supplement No. 79 [177-180; Unilex database [excerpt] <http://www.unilex.info/case.cfm?pid=1&do=case&id=355&step=FullText>

Translation: Unavailable

CITATIONS TO COMMENTS ON DECISION

English: [2005] Schlechtriem & Schwenzer ed., Commentary on UN Convention on International Sale of Goods, 2d (English) ed., Oxford University Press, Art. 34 para. 3 Art. 36 para. 3

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