NEW YORK: The National Gallery in London persuaded a US appeals court that three grandchildren of a muse for French artist Henri Matisse should not reclaim a 1908 painting they said was stolen.

In a 3-0 decision on Monday, the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals in New York said sovereign immunity shielded the museum and Britain from having to return Portrait of Greta Moll to the grandchildren.

Greta Moll had sat for 10 three-hour sessions for her painting. Reuters