Stolen Art Alert

Volume 2, No. 10

December 1981

Five Major Losses of 1981
23 works of art including paintings and drawings by Cézanne, Degas, Renoir, Daumier, Boudin, Rodin, and Matisse, and Chinese objects of art, from the National Museum of Fine Arts, Buenos Aires; 25 medieval champlevé enamels, from the Episcopal Museum, Limoges, France; 25 Maori artifacts, from the Manawatu Museum, Palmerston, New Zealand; 15 French and Italian school paintings, including works by Courbet, Monet, Boudin, Le Sidaner, Romanelli, and Bourdon, from the Municipal Museum, Morlaix, France; several jades seized by guerrillas, from the Tikal Museum, Yucatan, Guatemala

Five Major Recoveries
Russian works of art, from the Gray Collection, Payne Art Center, Oshkosh, WI, with one arrest and recovery of ransom money; 10 Impressionist and modern works, from the Heller collection, Miami; 15 French 18th- and 19th-century miniatures, from the Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris; two Egyptian New Kingdom figurines, from the Louvre; four of seven prehistoric, Greek, and Roman gold objects, from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with one arrest.

Museum Clock Theft Resolved
Story of the recovery of an 1815 Willard banjo clock by the MacColloch Hall museum, Morristown, New Jersey. Police subsequently reopened files on three other clocks stolen from the museum in 1979 and 1980.

More on Dr. Wagner
Dr. Kurt Wagner arrested on new charges in antiques thefts (see SAA, March/April 1981 and October 1981).

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