Volume 12, No. 5

May 1991

The Amber Room Mystery
— Paloma Botin
Detailed story of Czarist treasure of decorative art looted by Germans at the end of World War II from Königsberg, leaving behind puzzling deaths and unanswered questions

New Sculpture Law in New York
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
Consumer protection legislation requires that art dealers and auctioneers disclose artist's name, title of cast, foundry name, number of casts made, etc.

U.S. Bans Import of Lowland Maya Artifacts from Guatemala
— Michael Volkovitsch
Customs to seize any Petén artifact without export permit; ban complements 1973 Pre-Columbian Monumental or Architectural Sculpture or Murals Statute and is U.S. response to Guatemalan request under Article 9 of the 1970 UNESCO Convention.

Stolen: Thieves Steal Four Picassos in Prague Museum Break-In
— Anna J. Kisluk
Absinthe and Card, Mandolin and a Glass of Pernod, Table with a Chalice, and The Port of Cadaques stolen from National Gallery, next to Hradcany Castle; security termed inadequate.

Recoveries: April van Gogh Theft in The Netherlands Short-Lived
20 paintings taken by gunmen from Vincent van Gogh National Museum in Amsterdam, then abandoned.

Recoveries: Civil War Artifacts Recovered After Twenty Years
Albert Sidney Johnson memorabilia from Los Angeles County Museum of Natural History; former museum employee Enrico Saccone arrested; correction in October 1992 issue that he is acquitted on all charges.

Recoveries: Presidential Papers Are Government Property
Gary Zimet sentenced for trying to sell Jimmy Carter presidential papers.

Recoveries: Stradivarius Recovered in Honduras
— Anna J. Kisluk
Violin stolen July 1990 at Los Angeles airport.

Stolen: Original Works from Fantasia
Stolen before exhibition at Museum of Cartoon Art, Rye Brook, New York.

Missing Art Alert
Paintings, Pastels, Mixed Media Works, Watercolors: Lhote. Furniture, Accessories; European mirror.

Just In…
Howardena Pindell, Art/West, and four others by contemporary American artists, stolen.