Lost or Missing Works of Art and Their Rewards Part 2

About some lost or missing works of art, their value and reward offered if found.


6. Object: Drinking horn

Value: Priceless

Reward: Substantial

This gold drinking horn was presented in 1859 by the Danish government to Bernhard Severin Ingemann, one of Denmark's greatest poets. It is 2 lb. of solid gold, 10 1/2 in. high, ornately decorated with historic figures, and encrusted with rubies, emeralds, and diamonds.

Five solid silver dwarfs support this art treasure, which is considered to be part of the Danish national art heritage.

7. Object: Oil painting

Title: Portrait of Frederick III

Value: $7,500

Reward: $750

This portrait was painted on a wooden panel by Lucas Cranach, the Elder. It is signed on the upper left side with a sketch of a dragon, a customary mark used by this artist, and dated 1532. It is 5 3/4 in. by 8 in. Together with a matching portrait of John I, it was stolen from a museum in the U.S. in 1951. All of Cranach's works painted prior to 1500 are missing. They may bear his initials or his marks of a flying dragon or crossed daggers.

8. Object: Book

Title: Della Trasportazione dell'Obelisco

Vaticano ...

Value: Priceless

Reward: Unspecified

A rare book published in 1590 and stolen from an important collection in Italy in 1968. Dozens of the illustrations depict architectural renditions of the obelisk and of both the interior and exterior of the Vatican.

9. Object: Tempera

Value: Unspecified

Reward: Generous

This masterpiece was painted in tempera, an oil painting technique, by Salvador Dali. It is 3 3/4 in. by 6 3/4 in. and is signed and dated along the bottom. In 1971 it was stolen from an American art gallery. The unique subject matter of four floating chairs should make it easy to remember and recognize.

10. Object: Jewelry

Value: $2,925,000

Reward: Approximately 10% ($292,500)

There are two items. The necklace consists of 98 perfectly matched jade beads, each 1/4 in. in diameter. They are bright green and translucent, and were once owned by an empress of the Ch'ing dynasty. Their value has been set at $1,250,000. The brooch, a single piece of imperial green jade 3/4 in. by 1 1/4 in. in size, flanked by diamonds, is valued at $1,675,000. These pieces were stolen from an international exhibition held at Osaka, Japan.

11. Object: Watch

Value: Priceless

Reward: Generous

This gold watch was made for King Charles XII. The signature of J. Bellette of London is graved on the back plate. The inner and outer cases are both gold. The outer case has the coat of arms of Sweden enameled on the back. Also the movement is wound from the back. It is considered to be a Swedish national treasure.

12. Object: Watercolor

Title: Fish on a Dish

Value: $8,000

Reward: $800

This 17-in. x 22-in. watercolor on paper was painted by Raoul Dufy. It is signed by the artist in the lower right-hand corner. In 1970 it was stolen from an important private collection in Belgium.

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