Volume 11, No. 12

December 1990

More Ado About Authenticity in Sales
— Franklin Feldman
New York statute on fine-art sales at issue. Recent English case, Harlingdon and Leinster Enterprises Ltd. v. Christopher Hull Fine Art Ltd., as backdrop to New York Supreme Court case, Uptown Gallery Inc., v. Marjorie Weston-Doniger.

Center Art Principals Given Prison Terms for Dali Print Fraud
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
In United States of America v. Center Art Galleries-Hawaii, Inc., William D. Mett gets three years and $750,000 fine; Marvin L. Wiseman gets 30 months and $282,000 fine.

Cumulative Missing Art Index, 1990

10 Important Thefts Reported in 1990
Jan Vermeer, Concert, and Rembrandt, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, among 11 paintings and Shang bronze beaker, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Thomas Gainsborough, Portrait of William Pitt the Younger, another Gainsborough and a Reynolds, Lincoln's Inn, London; Degas, Mlle. Dubourg, private collection; Carl Spitzweg, The Poor Poet, and another Spitzweg, Berlin museum; Georgia O'Keeffe, East River from the Shelton, missing from storage, Art Institute of Chicago; Greek head of bearded man, among 271 archaeological objects, Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth; Degas, Danseuse au Repos, les mains sur les hanches, la jame baughe en avant, New York gallery; Rembrandt, Landscape with Three Gabled Huts at the Roadside, among nine Rembrandt etchings and engravings, Vienna museum; Nancy Daum Frères, vase with violets and 18 other works by Daum, Gallé, and Tiffany, private collection, Rolle; 13 similar works, private collection, Lutry.

10 Important Recoveries Reported in 1990.
— Michael Volkovitsch
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, Courtauld Institute, London, six arrests; Claude Monet, Impression, Soleil Levant, and eight other Impressionist works, Musée Marmottan, Paris, one arrest; Pierre Auguste Renoir, The Seated Woman, Parisian museum; copy after Frans Hals, Laughing Boy, and other works, Detroit Institute of Art; Aristide Maillol, Jeune Fille Accroupie, and other works, Manhattan townhouse; Fra Beato Angelico, Saints Dominic and John the Baptist, among 14 recovered works, Madison Avenue galleries; Gautima Buddha and other pieces, scholar's New York apartment; Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Les Roses, dealer; John James Audubon, Chuck-will's Widow, Camprimulgus Carolinsis, Louisiana State Museum; Chinese duplex watch and six other watches, English country house museum; two arrests.

Goldberg Appeal Denied in Cyprus Mosaics Case
— Constance Lowenthal
Seventh Circuit affirms decision ordering art dealer Peg Goldberg to give up four Byzantine mosaics.

Art Returned to Bremen Kunsthalle. Soviet Museum Director Sends Back 362 Master Drawings
— Constance Lowenthal
Saved by Russian army officer Viktor Baldin during World War II; works include Raphael, Rubens, van Dyck, Goya, Delacroix, Manet, Monet, Degas, Dürer.

Arrest and Recovery in Stolen Utrillo Case: New York, NY
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Balasz Gabor arrested in Soufer Gallery theft of Rue de Village.

Degas Theft Suspect Nabbed with Stolen Vuillard
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Vuillard taken from Eastlake Gallery; Degas from an upper East Side gallery.

Paintings, Pastels, Mixed Media Works, Watercolors: Caliari, Marucci, Savery, Vecellio. Folk Art: Whaletooth.

Missing Art Alert
Paintings, Pastels, Mixed Media Works, Watercolors: Dana, Maurer, Rembrandt Peale, Vicente. Ceramics, Pottery, Porcelain: Russian imperial porcelain factory.

Owner Sought
Ackermann, Hopippel landscapes that came to U.S. from Germany during World War II.

Cumulative Index 1990