AXA ART announce successful recovery of a rare and valuable Persian Achaemenid bas-relief panel

  • NEW YORK, New York
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  • February 14, 2014

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visual: Achaemenid Limestone Bas Relief_5thCentury BC

Following an intensive year long investigation between the police authorities in Montréal and Edmonton, AXA ART is pleased to announce the recovery of a rare and valuable Persian Achaemenid bas-relief panel. The panel, together with a Roman marble head, was stolen from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) in 2011. The small portable panel was recovered almost 2,000 miles away in Edmonton and has now been returned to the Montréal Museum.

AXA ART’s comment on the recovery:  “Given the difficulties involved in the recovery of stolen artwork we would like to acknowledge the diligence and extraordinary efforts of the Sûreté du Québec and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in collaboration with our Loss Adjuster, in securing the return of this precious cultural property.  The recovery should serve as encouragement for on-going investigations and as a deterrent for similar crimes. Our responsibility to our policy holders doesn’t end with a claims payment; we have a duty to work with law enforcement to recover cultural artefacts.”

The Achaemenid relief dates from the 5th century BC. It is made of limestone, and worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.  It has been part of the permanent collection held by the Montréal Museum for decades.  AXA ART is thrilled that this object can be returned to the Montréal Museum of Fine Arts where it will continue to be enjoyed by the public for generations to come.

International reach, unrivalled competence, and a high quality network of expert partners distinguish AXA ART, the only art insurance specialist in the world, from its generalist property insurance competitors. Over the past 50 years and well into the future, AXA ART has and will continue to redefine the manner in which it serves and services its museum, gallery, collector, and artist clients across the Americas, Asia, and Europe, with a sincere consideration of the way valuable objects are insured and cultural patrimony is protected.  For further information please contact Roz Joseph, Head of Global Public Relations, AXA ART Group.  T.. (718) 710 5181;  E.

Roz Joseph
AXA ART Americas
+1 718 710 5181

AXA Art Insurance

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