Artwork stolen from French museum and sold in Texas has been returned

Artwork stolen from French museum and sold in Texas has been returned
Thursday, January 26, 2012 - 10:02am

WASHINGTON - Artwork stolen from a French museum in 1981 and sold in Texas has been returned to France.
 

A ceremony was held Wednesday in Washington to return a monotype by impressionist Camille Pissarro, called "Le Marche aux Poissons," (The Fish Market), to the French ambassador, Francois Delattre.


Investigators believe a man walked out of a museum with the artwork and sold it to a San Antonio gallery in 1985.

No one has been prosecuted.


Purchaser Sharyl Davis of San Antonio in 2003 consigned the 6-by-8-inch artwork to Sotheby's in New York. A pre-auction review determined the item was reported stolen.


Davis in 2010 contested the seizure, but a jury decided the artwork should be repatriated to France.


The monotype in November was officially forfeited to the U.S., for return to France.

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