IFAR Journal

Volume 2, No. 1

Winter 1998/99

An IFAR Miró Authentication in the “Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
— Sharon Flescher and Adrian V. Sudhalter
The Miró was identified as part of a little known Mural Scroll project of which Matisse, Calder and Matta were also a part

Ten Important Thefts in 1998
Major thefts include: Constable’s sketch for Dedham Mill and Lock and Corot’s Chemin de Sèvres.

Ten Important Recoveries in 1998
Major recoveries include: Van Gogh’s Le Jardinier, and Pissarro’s Bassin Duquesne.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Stolen Pissarro Oil Painting Found After 20 Years
— Sharon Flescher
A trial date has been set to determine the ownership of a Pissarro painting, Bassins Duquesne, stolen twenty years ago in Massachusetts.

Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets: Principles on Nazi-Confiscated Art
— Sharon Flescher
List of the Principles outlined in the Washington Conference in December 1998.

Surfing the Web: An IFAR Perspective
— Marilyn Schmitt
The author provides a perspective on the World Wide Web and reviews several Web sites regarding authentication and Art Law. Also included is a suggested list of Web sites.

True or False: Authenticating Egon Schiele – An IFAR Evening with Jane Kallir
— Sharon Flescher
A look at how connoisseurship and Holocaust era claims intertwined. Also, Kallir speaks to issues of compiling a catalogue raisonné and the forgeries of Schiele works. The ways of detecting these fakes are also discussed.

The “A to Z” of the ALR
— Julian Radcliffe and Anna Kisluk
An overview of the Art Loss Register with data pertaining to their missing pieces, the inquiries made, and the theft registrations.

Book Reviews: Current Law Books: A Survey
— Susan B. Bruning
Review of recent key art law publications: Law, Ethics and the Visual Arts; Art Law; Art, Artifact and Architecture Law; Art law: the Guide for Collectors, Investors, Dealers, and Artists; and Handbook on Art and Cultural Property Law.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Monet Waterlilies looted in WW II Bypasses London and Returns to France
— Sharon Flescher
While on exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the questionable ownership history of a painting in the Musée de Caen became public and the French government asked that it be returned directly to France.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Former California Ophthalmologist Indicted in Art Insurance and Theft Scam
— Sharon Flescher
Steven Cooperman named in a sixteen-count indictment of fraud and conspiracy after a Picasso and a Monet were “stolen” from his home.

Updates & Newsbriefs: Guilty Verdict in Major London Modern Art Fraud Trial
— Sharon Flescher
John Drewe was found guilty on two counts of forgery and one of theft among others.