Volume 6, No. 6/7

August/September 1985

An Italian Still Life and Fieravino, “Il Maltese”
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
A 17th-century work judged by IFAR “a work of quality,” but no definitive attribution to Fieravino

Canada Drops Civil Suit in Nok Statuette Case
— A. Caravella
Latest turn in legal battle with New York dealers Issaka Zango and Ben Heller over importing Nigerian sculpture.

Geneva Conference on Art Trade Law
— Francine Bayard Leblache
Conference on Legal Aspects of International Trade in Art dealt with “Art Trade and Comparative Private Law,” “Art Trade and International Law,” and “Analysis of Examples, Proposed Actions and Synthesis.” A summary of reports will be made available by the University of Geneva.

Rubens Portrait Burned in Zurich
1628 Portrait of King Philip IV of Spain was destroyed at the Kunsthaus.

Man Sentenced in Theft of Civil War Era Notes
Norman J. Chandler gets six months for National Portrait Gallery theft.

Madison Avenue Recovery Update
Fenton H. Caviness, Jr., and Robert Simpkins acquitted on charges stemming from Long Island warehouse theft of two Garniers and a de Heem (see SAA, April 1984).

Henri Still Missing
File is open on 1976 theft of Robert Henri painting, Portrait of Ann.

Owners Sought
Ivory crucifix left in Paris church; five paintings of dubious origin found (photographs and descriptions given).

Morlaix, France: 15 paintings stolen in 1981 from Municipal Museum. Paintings: Bonington, Boudin, Bourdon, Brascassat, Courbet, Couture, Le Sidaner, Monet, Romanelli, Roqueplan, Wyld. Decorative Arts: Schlumberger jewelry. Ethnographic Objects: American Indian prehistoric bowl.

Stolen Art Alert
London, England: First major theft of Islamic art (over $1 million). Winterthur, Switzerland: Adam Töpffer painting from Museum Stiftung Oskar Reinhart. Houston, Texas: Alexander Calder gouaches. New York, New York: Chagall oil, La Joie, and two Charpentier bronzes.