Stolen Art Alert

Volume 5, No. 4

May 1984

Warehouse Thefts Plague Unsuspecting Art Collectors
— Linda E. Ketchum
Accounts of recent warehouse thefts with tips on how to protect art in storage and transit

FBI Alert
Print Connoisseur: Michael Preston Stark sought; Jewelry Thief: Donald Thomas Huegel; Diamond Necklace Switch: Russian émigrés Boris Tuberman, Vladimir Kanevsky, and Vladimir Jacobsen arrested

Thefts In This Issue
Woburn, England: Details of a theft of antique silver from the Duke of Bedford's residence at Woburn Abbey. Thieves disarmed sophisticated security systems; $150,000 reward offered. Paris, France: Louis XV Chinese porcelain clock from the Louvre. Basel, Switzerland: Gothic art, including late Gothic silver pendant, from Basel Historical Museum. Santa Fé, Argentina: Major theft at Museo Municipal Estevez, including Goya, Portrait of Maria Teresa de Apodaca de Sesma. Sebastopol, California: Several hundred dolls from a collection in a home. Brooklandville, Maryland: 18th- and 19th-century silver from a collector’s home. Norfolk, Virginia: African Dan mask stolen from Chrysler Museum.

Reminder of Past Losses:
Paris, France: Foujita Woman and Child painting; Portland, Oregon: 14 Sydney Laurence paintings and two by Eustace Paul Ziegler; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma: Dutch, 17th-century Head of a Man; Feininger, Marine Scene; Hopper, Railroad Crossing on Cape Cod; Diego Rivera, Head of a Youth.

Crivelli, Guercino paintings; German 15th century sculpture.

Owner Sought
Silver and jewelry seized in July 1983 by FBI in New York; Rauschenberg, painting from Tampa Drawings series, 1974, seized in Stockholm.

Recovery: Milan
Guercino painting, Madonna and Child Enthroned with Saints, stolen in 1979, recovered outside Milan.