An American couple on Tuesday lost their bid to win back a painting by Impressionist master Camille Pissarro, as a French court confirmed it must be handed to the family of the Jewish collector it was looted from during World War 2. Wealthy art collectors Bruce and Robbi Toll had launched an appeal after a court ruled in November that the painting belonged by rights to the descendants of Simon Bauer, a Jewish businessman disappropriated by the Nazis in 1943. The Tolls insisted they had no idea the painting, La Cueillette (Picking Peas), had been looted when they bought it at Christie's in New York in 1995 for $800,000. But the Paris appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the original court decision stood, in a move hailed by the Bauer family. The ruling ″gives victims of the savagery committed by the Vichy government the right to recover their looted possessions, without a time limit″, their lawyer Cedric Fischer said in a statement. The Vichy regime, France's anti-Semitic wartime gove...

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