Altadena, CA asked in Business Law for California

Q: Do I still own my artwork after gallery has possessed it for three years?

Hi, I had work in an art gallery for a show, and when the show was over the gallery owner asked me to leave one piece of work with him so that he could try to sell it. It has been about two and a half years now. I texted with him about getting it back about a year ago and he agreed we'd try to meet up sometime for the hand off, but I let things go until now. In the mean time, the gallery has closed. He has replied to a couple of texts saying he was out of town, and also commented on one of my Facebook posts, so I know he's there, but now he's simply ignoring my requests to let me come pick up my work. Do I still own the work even though I left it there so long? I'm wondering in case I take him to small claims court. Also, any suggestions on how to find his current address to have papers served? Thank you!

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1 Lawyer Answer
George W. Wolff Esq.
George W. Wolff Esq.
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Perhaps, yes.

Was any of your agreement or understanding stated in writing, or via texts or emails?

If so, do you still have access to them?

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