Volume 10, No. 12

December 1989

L.A. Police Get “Prince Frank”–$15 Million in Fakes Seized
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Frank De Marigny, also known as “Prince Frank” or Frank Orval, arrested in sale of forged Renoir (A Young Girl with Daisies) to undercover police; associate of Robert Leads; search of Upstairs Gallery branches leads to seizure of 1,685 fraudulent works

Icons Stolen in Armed Robbery; Houston, Texas
— Margaret I. O'Brien
65 16th-century to 19th-century Russian icons from Lowell Collins' gallery; Karapet Guyumzhyan arrested.

Madison Avenue Dealer Indicted for Handling Art Stolen from Museums
— Constance Lowenthal
Michael B. Weisbrod accused of buying Yuan Dynasty vase from Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Ming Dynasty bowl from Columbus, Ohio, Museum of Art, and coral carving from Albany Institute.

A New Source for the Care of Works on Paper
— Virgilia H. Pancoast
Margaret Holben Ellis of the Institute of Fine Arts writes handbook for collectors: The Care of Prints and Drawings, published by The American Association for State and Local History.

Bonheur Missing in New York Turns Up in San Antonio
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Bonheur’s The White Horse mailed to wrong address.

Hopi Indian Mask Seized in New York. Again, American Indian Artifacts are in the News
— Margaret I. O'Brien
Kachina mask seized from antiques show by F.B.I.

Fake Provenance–a Problem for Russian Avant-Garde
Letter from George Costakis of Athens, Greece, warning of Russian and Soviet Avant-Garde works falsely ascribed to Costakis' collection.

Prints, Drawings: Buonaccorso, Feininger, Feurring, Hrynkoski, Jawlensky, Marcoussis, Nolde, Signac, Warhol. Decorative Arts: Mackintosh.

10 Important Thefts Reported in 1989
Paul Gauguin, Tahitienne en Pareo Rouge, at Heathrow Airport; Pierre Bonnard, Seascape and The Road, New York exhibition for Verve magazine; Yuan Dynasty vase, Ming bowl, antique pocket watches, and other items, six American museums; Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Head of Cleopatra, en route to New York gallery; Egyptian hair ring and 70 other antiquities, residence of Zurich gallery owner; Picasso, Femme nue se coiffant, 57th Street gallery; Picasso, Deux Femmes à la Fontaine, among 60 works from Manhattan collector's townhouse; Henri Matisse sketchbook, New York; 12th-century Rhenish-Tuscan crucifix and other liturgical objects, Museum of the Seminary of Montariso, Monteriggioni, Italy; Renoir, Jeune Fille au Corsage Noir, private collection.

Ten Important Recoveries Reported in 1989
Adrian va Coorte, Still Life with Chestnuts and eight of 20 other Dutch old masters, Zurich gallery, three arrests; Edvard Munch, Sick Child, among 11 out of 15 works, Oslo collection; Painter of the Louvre, Attic red-figure kylix, Swiss collection; Edward Henry Potthast, Seashore with Women and Children at Play, Cincinnati collection; Rembrandt attribution, Portrait of Rombartus and Portrait of Sleeping Woman (Saskia), Rembrandt House Amsterdam; van Gogh, The Potato Eaters, and two other van Goghs, Kröeller-Möeller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands, two arrests; Picasso, Faune Jouant à la Diaule, Baltimore area collection; Auguste Rodin, Mask of a Man with a Broken Nose, Philadelphia Museum of Art, one arrest; Adelaide Alsop Robineau, Scarab Vase, and other objects, six American museums; Zapotec mask and other archaeological objects, National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City, two arrests.

IFAR Evenings
Program for January-April events, 1989.