The Art Loss Register touted its recent recoveries:
The Art Loss Register (‘ALR’) successfully recovered Seascape with Ruined Arch by Charles François Lacroix for the Wadsworth Atheneum almost 30 years after its theft.
Stolen from the museum’s Avery Memorial Building in 1980, this small oil on copper was uncovered last April during a routine search of a New York auction sale by the ALR. The auction house was notified and promptly withdrew the work only days before the sale. By early June, following further investigation by the Hartford Police Department, the painting was successfully recovered by the ALR and returned to the Atheneum in September. The Atheneum is the oldest public art museum in the United States so it was a great pleasure to return the painting to its original location; ‘It’s nice to get something that’s been stolen returned’, Eric M. Zafran, the Susan Morse Hiles Curator of European Art for the Wadsworth Atheneum told the Hartford Courant, ‘The organisation deserves credit for tracking it down.’
A masterwork by G. Bennett Oates has been returned by the ALR to the private UK residence from which it was stolen almost 10 years ago.
Following the theft of Still Life with Yellow Roses from a private residence in June 1992, the work was added to the ALR’s database thus becoming one of its first registrations. The Oates painting was subsequently identified from photographs in 2006 and the ALR, working in conjunction with the police and insurers, affected its recovery to the theft victim in August 2010.
The ALR successfully recovers Les Blanc des Femmes a la Synagogue de Prague ten years after its theft from a London residence.
Stolen from a private London residence in May 2000, this exceptional oil on panel by Baron Hendrik Leys was recovered by the ALR ten years after its theft in December 2010. The work, Les Blanc des Femmes a la Synagogue de Prague was identified by the ALR in September 2009 when it was advertised for sale at an auction house in Amsterdam. The ALR immediately organised for the work to be withdrawn from sale and successfully negotiated its return to the theft victim.