Volume 8, No. 6/7

August/September 1987

The Raphael of the Birds
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
Expert believes Barnyard Scene, submitted to IFAR, is correctly attributed to Melchior de Hondecoeter

Met Moves to Dismiss Turkey's Suit
— Constance Lowenthal
Museum argues that suit to recover ancient art (called the Lydian Antiquities by Turkey and the East Greek Treasure by the Metropolitan) is time-barred under the three-year statute of limitations that has been the custom in New York State. The Museum acquired the objects in 1974.

Art and the Law
Introducing a new column to focus on stolen and forged art and related issues, such as liability of experts. “Repose” is the first of these columns.

— Stephen E. Weil
When statutes of limitations prevent successful claims of ownership by third parties.

Moscardini Recovers Truckload of Stolen Art
Detective Thomas Moscardini recovers six paintings and several rare books hijacked on way to Sotheby's; Frank Lastorino and Peter Rizzo arrested.

Art Dealers Association and IFAR Agree to Merge Services
— Constance Lowenthal
ADAA’s Art Theft Archive to be incorporated in IFARreports.

New Director for IFAR's Art Theft Archive
— Elizabeth Hayt-Atkins succeeds Lynn Stowell Pearson.

Mahboubian to Appeal Conviction
Houshang Mahboubian is free on bail on conviction for attempted theft of his own antiquities.

Still Missing
Brueghel, van Dyck, Hals, Holbein, and Lievens stolen from Castle Museum in Gotha, East Germany, in 1980; three paintings, by de Alvarez, Belle, and Tadema, from truck hijacked en route to Sotheby's from Kennedy Airport in 1983.

Paintings, Pastels, Mixed Media Works, Watercolors: Buffet, Delacroix, Nerensz, Palmorili y Gonzalez, Rico y Ortega, Sanchez Perrier, Villegas y Cordero, Wieschebrink.

Stolen Art Alert
Denver, Colorado: Station wagon stolen carrying uninsured art works, including Balink, Redbird, Anderson, Blue Eagle, Willard, Podry, and Black Owl. Geneva, Switzerland: Works by Alphonse Stengelin and other artists missing from Stengelin's barn.