Volume 8, No. 3

May 1987

Gainsborough's Lady Sheffield and Two Copies
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
IFAR identifies a copy of Lady Sophia Charlotte Sheffield

Art Specialist at Customs to Retire
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
Senior Special Agent Charles Kozcka was the first and only U.S. Customs agent assigned to investigate art theft and smuggling, a position he suggested in 1973. The article recounts his arrests and his beliefs, including advocacy for the 1970 UNESCO Convention.

Dispute Between Cleveland and the Louvre Resolved
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
Cleveland Museum of Art will lend the Louvre the Nicolas Poussin painting, Holy Family on the Steps, that was the subject of a six-year-long export-license dispute.

Italian Painting Stolen in World War II Surfaces
— St. John the Baptist, attributed to Master of the Osservanza, surfaces at Sotheby's auction; stolen from Federico Mason Perkins Collection of Assisi, Italy, in 1944.

William O'Boyle Indicted for Insurance Fraud
Accused of falsely reporting theft of 37 pre-Columbian figurines.

Still Missing
Black-figure lekythos, stolen in 1982 from Kerameikos Museum, Athens.

Owner Sought
Pictures and Civil War autographs recovered in New York.

Paintings: Du Bois. Prints, Drawings: Laurencin. Sculpture: Spanish, 12th century. Decorative Arts, Enamels: French, 13th century.

Recently Reported Theft
Roman second century A.D. sarcophagus stolen in Rome.

Stolen Art Alert
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
Hopewell, New Jersey American 19th-century furniture and folk art. Maastricht, The Netherlands: Nine paintings, (illustrations now included) by Brueghel the Younger, Eva Gonzalès, Hobbema, Pissarro, Renoir, Teniers the Younger, Trouillebert, and van de Velde the Younger. London, England: Renoir, Bouquet of Anemones in a Green Vase, stolen from Wildenstein & Co., in April. Marshalltown, Iowa: Monet stolen from community center. New York, New York: Three 17th-century drawings, by van Mieris, Simonsz van der Schalcke, and van Haecht. Abidjan, Ivory Coast: Important Lagoon figure of drummer, from Musée National of the Ivory Coast. Wirges, West Germany 19th-century statues from church. St. Gall, Switzerland: Books and lithographs from library and historical museum. Bala-Cynwyd, Pennsylvania: Louis Icart etchings.