Volume 8, No. 5

July 1987

New York Judge Orders Return of Monet to WW II Victim
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
Judge Vincent L. Broderick rules (in DeWeerth v. Baldinger) that Monet’s Champs de blé a Vétheuil be returned to German post-World War II art theft victim, Gerda Dorothea DeWeerth, in her lawsuit against Edith Marks Baldinger, who had purchased the work from Wildenstein & Co., in 1957. Broderick spent two and a half years to issue his opinion. The ruling is appealed

Dali Forgeries Persist but Suppliers' Days are Numbered
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
Raids on Honolulu branches of Center Art Galleries; convictions in New York of Carol Convertine and Michael Fleischman of Convertine Galleries and Convertine Fine Art, Ltd.; Roy Goldsmith and Dean Thomas, also known as Kelvin Reece, of Caravan Galleries sentenced; prosecutor Rebecca Mullane expects more raids, seizures, and indictments.

Turkey Sues Metropolitan for Antiquities
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
Turkey demands return of a collection of gold and silver objects alleging unlawful excavation from tombs in Turkey in the 1960s.

Recovery of a Klimt Picture
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
Schloss Kammer am Attersee II returned to Michael S. Gruen in his legal battle with stepmother, Kemija Gruen of Vienna, Austria.

Theft in Milan from the Brera
Modigliani portrait and de Momper picture.

Still Missing
Brueghel the Elder's Christ and the Woman Taken in Adultery, stolen in 1982 from Courtauld Institute, London.

Stolen Art Alert
Stockholm, Sweden: Matisse, The Garden, from Museum of Modern Art, Stockholm. Bristol, Rhode Island: 19th-century Massasoit Indian weathervane from roof of Performing Arts Center, Roger Williams College. Lewes, England: Silver, pewter, clock, and ship model from Anne of Cleves Museum. Aix-en-Provence, France: eight fireplace mantels. Washington, D.C.: Japanese objets d'art.