Stolen Art Alert

Volume 4, No. 3

May 1983

Another Delaney Collection Scheme Exposed
— Bonnie Burnham
Stock fraud scheme involving Robert Francis Flaherty (and the Delaney Collection) investigated by New York State

Foreign Claims to Stolen Art
— Linda E. Ketchum
Art works lost during World War II pose legal dilemmas when governments claim works were stolen and current owners claim they purchased the works in good faith. Two recent cases include Dresden Art Gallery’s Tintoretto, The Holy Family with St. Catherine and a Donor and Jacopo Zucchi’s Toilet of Bathsheba, in the Wadsworth Athenaeum’s collection since 1965, and now claimed by the Italian government.

Rare Book Database to Trace Stolen Books
— Linda E. Ketchum
The Bookline Alert Missing Books and Manuscripts (BAMBAM) is a service run by American Book Prices Current, whereby librarians can report stolen books and manuscripts within minutes to a computerized database.

Lords Uphold Ortiz Decision
New Zealand loses legal battle to reclaim Maori storefront (see SAA, September 1982).

Prendergast watercolor from Canadian artist’s home; Javanese copper statuette, from Cleveland Art Museum, lost since 1976; Hopper painting, from Farnsworth Art Museum.