Volume 6, No. 10

December 1985

Bogus Redfield Joins Growing List of American Forgeries
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
Pennsylvania Impressionist, Edwin Willis Redfield, is a favorite of forgers

Nelly Duhem Update: Recoveries and Verdicts
Renoir, Sisley, Lebourg, Dupuy, Le Sidaner recovered; Jean-Pierre and Bernadette Diblanc and Paris dealer Arthur Melki get prison terms; Valerie Diblanc fined; Jean-Paul Lauer gets prison term; art dealer Yvan Delicado gets prison; Christian Deshons gets prison; Guy Meesmaecker fined. Sentence thrown out against art dealer Robert Schmit.

Cumulative Index: Stolen Art, 1985

10 Important Thefts Reported in 1985
Zapotec mask, among 145 pre-Columbian objects, from Museu Nacional de Antropologia, Mexico City; Lucas Cranach, the Elder, Breslau Madonna, from cathedral museum, Wroclaw, Poland; Caravaggio, St. Jerome, from St. John's Cathedral, Valletta, Malta; Iran 15th century treatise, among 12 manuscripts, three caskets and Near Eastern jewelry, from London gallery; Monet, Impression, soleil levant, among nine works from Musée Marmottan, Paris; Jacopo Tintoretto, Tarquin and Lucretia, from restoration workshop, Zurich, Switzerland; Adam or Wolfgang Adam Töpffer, Ländliches Fest (Fête champêtre), from Stiftung Oskar Reinhart, Winterthur, Switzerland; John Morisset, freedom box, Portsmouth City Museum and Art Gallery, England; Peter Paul Rubens, Orpheus and Eurydice, from Zurich, Switzerland, museum; Marc Chagall, La joie, and two Charpentier bronzes, from Madison Avenue gallery.

10 Important 1985 Recoveries
Gustave Courbet, Portrait of Madame Andler, and 14 other paintings, Musée des Jacobins, Morlaix, France; Victor Brauner, Birth of a Poet, and two other pictures, Rome, Italy; Rembrandt, Flight into Egypt etching, and 15 other prints by Rembrandt, Schongauer, and Hirschvogel, Baltimore Museum of Art; Bernardo Bellotto, A Capriccio with a Domed Church and Buildings in Pirna, from residence in Mercatale, near Florence, Italy; Rembrandt, The One Hundred Guilder Print, Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland; Narcisse Virgile Diaz de la Peña, Mythological Figures, and three other paintings, West Hollywood, Calif.; Florence Zeus, Roman copy of Greek original, Museo Archeologico, Florence; French snuff box and collection of snuffboxes, rings, and figurines, Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection, Buckinghamshire, England, one arrest; Renoir, Jeune fille en rose au chapeau, and Sisley oil, from Nelly Duhem home, Juan-les-Pins, France.

Bennington Museum Theft: Recovery Reported
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
300 works worth over $1 million stolen Dec 31, 1985; raids in Buffalo and Orlando, Florida, recover most of the art. Buffalo antique dealer John Ozolins arrested.

Reward for Farny
$20,000 for H. F. Farny and six other paintings by Vogt, Volkert and Barillot) stolen from a Cincinnati gallery in May 1985.

Paintings: Renoir, Jeune fille en rose au chapeau; Sisley, Matin d’automne. Prints and Drawings: Rembrandt.

Stolen Art Alert
Mexico City, Mexico: Catalogue published and reward offered in theft of pre-Columbian artifacts from Museo Nacional de Antropologia. Portsmouth, England: Morisset Freedom Box from City Museum and Art Gallery. Washington, D.C.: Saint-Gaudens bronze from Oak Hill Cemetery. Hanover, Pennsylvania: $2 million of art silver and jewelry, including works by Chagall, Ernst, Miró, and Picasso from a home. Two men wanted for questioning.