Stolen Art Alert
Volume 5, No. 5
Thefts In This Issue:
— Lynn Stowell Pearson
New York: Update on extremely important Tibetan and Nepalese collection stolen from Dr. Jane Werner in 1978, estimated then at $500,000. Zurich: Very small Picasso watercolor, Silhouette de Femme, stolen for third time from gallery. Florence: Bronze Zeus from Archaeological Museum. Helsinborg, Sweden: 54 Miró lithographs and etchings from gallery. Dallas, Texas: Joel Shapiro sculpture
Leonardo Patterson Arrest
— Carl Nagin, Harvard University
Art dealer and film maker charged with wire fraud in attempted sale of purported Maya fresco. Other fake frescos may now be on the market.
— B. Burnham
Two videos available through the American Association of Museums: Museum Security, The Guard's Role, Art Institute of Chicago, and On Guard: Security of Exhibits, Smithsonian Institution.
Stolen Art Sold at Auction
An exchange of letters on issues arising from the sale of stolen art. Letters from: David Mason of MacConnal-Mason, Paul Whitfield of Christie's, Gerard Hawthorn of Sydney L. Moss, Michael Shortall, Andrew McIntosh Patrick of Society of London Art Dealers, Robert Egerton, and Paul Whitfield. (Reprinted from Antiques Trade Gazette.)
The Case of the Stolen Vans
FBI agent Anthony Civitano fired and later indicted for extortion and bribery, in the Winter Antiques Show theft investigation. (Reprinted from Maine Antiques Digest.)
Dunton, Fechin, Gaspard, Ipcar paintings; Chagall print; Matisse sculpture; Chest-on-Chest decorative arts.