Volume 10, No. 5

May 1989

Trouble in Paradise
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
Supposed Gauguin Idyll in Tahiti with Ganymede embossed stamp, submitted to IFAR for review, is actually a reprint

U.S. Bans Import of Bolivian Textiles
— Constance Lowenthal
Traditional Aymara culture threatened by export of sacred works; action under UNESCO convention and 1983 U.S. Cultural Property Implementation Act.

Big Name Fakes Sold in San Francisco
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Tony Barreiro, Ernest Parker Jr. and Jeff Jones arrested in FBI undercover operation; among forgeries was a Rubens with the signature misspelled.

Return of a van Gogh and a Demand for Ransom
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Thieves return one work but demand ransom of $2.5 million for other two van Goghs stolen from Kröller-Müller National Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands.

Icon from Church of Agios Nikolaos in Perithorio Drama, Greece; five works of 11 stolen from Town Hall, Santarem, Portugal, including Brueghel, Vallin, and Drovgtroot.

Other Interpol Recoveries
25 items, including two Picasso lithographs, Valkenburg; one of 12 works from archeological dig, Fondi, Latina, Italy; wooden Christ, from chapel in Lasne Coutour, Belgium; four paintings from castle in Saint Juan les Pins, France; three tapestries from museum, Arles, France; one of two paintings from museum, Lübeck, Federal Republic of Germany.

Stolen Art Alert
New York, NY: Two Pierre Bonnard works on paper, Seascape and The Road, from Isselbacher Gallery. Zurich, Switzerland: Galerie Heidi Vollmoeller circulates booklet of 71 stolen works of ancient art.