It’s been a Summer for art theft reports. The latest is the mysterious disappearance of two Chinese sculptures that were stored in Westport, CT and could have been lifted any time in the last two weeks before the discovery was made earlier this week:
Two ancient Chinese head sculptures worth about $800,000 each were stolen from a private collection recently, and police are seeking information about who could have stolen them. The Louhan sculptures are “extremely unique and rare” and are of the “few examples known to exist in the world,” police said in a news release. The pieces are 900 to 1,000 years, dating back to China’s Tang Dynasty, and are carved from sandstone. Each weighs between 60 and 80 pounds and is about 15 inches tall, 15 inches deep and 10 inches wide.
Two Chinese Sculptures Stolen from Westport (Hartford Courant)