Baltimore Museum of Art Battles in Court for Flea Market Renoir

  • June 09, 2013 16:48

  • Email
Potomack Company will offer Renoir's “Paysage Bords de Seine” on Sept. 29.
The Potomack Company Auctions & Appraisals

Arguments were heard in federal court over a disputed Renoir that the Baltimore Museum of Art (BMA) says was stolen from an exhibit there decades ago and a Virginia woman claims she is rightfully the owner after finding the work at a flea market.

Last Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Alexandria, the BMA filed documents claiming legal ownership of the Renoir which was stolen from an exhibit there in 1951. The museum demands its return on the grounds that a purchase of the purloined painting, even without knowledge of its theft, does not make it legally owned.

When “On the Shore of the Seine," Renoir's small landscape of 1879, came up for auction in 2012, attention was turned on the woman's story of finding the painting for $7 at a West Virginia flea market. The auction estimate was up to $100,000.

Shortly after, the BMA discovered the painting had been stolen from its premises and the FBI was alerted. 

Martha Fuqua, who talked to reporters about buying the Renoir at a flea market, claims she is an "innocent owner" and had no idea of the painting being stolen.

According to the Washington Post, relatives and friends of Fuqua have said they had seen the painting in her mother's home in the 1980s or 90s. Her mother, Marcia Fouquet, is a trained painter who specialized in reproducing masterpieces, including works by Renoir.

A federal judge will decide the case.

 


  • Email

More News Feed Headlines

Doris Day in her swimsuit on a boat ride in Spain in the early 1950s.

Online Auction of Doris Day Estate Items Catapults to $3 Million, 10 Times Pre-Sale Low Estimate

  • Variety, for photos of Doris Day / April 6th, 2020

An online auction of memorabilia and estate items from popular mid-20th century singer and actress Doris Day featched ...

Read More...
Lockwood de Forest (1850 - 1932), "Moon in Trailing Clouds," May 1901, oil on canvas, courtesy Sullivan Goss Gallery

Starry Nights: Visions of the Night Sky—Online Exhibit Explores Nocturne Painting, Astrophotography and Light Pollution at Wildling Museum

  • ArtfixDaily / April 5th, 2020

If you're enjoying the Pink Supermoon this week, pair your moon viewing with some nocturnes in art. The Wildling ...

Read More...
TIFFANY STUDIOS, "PEONY BORDER" FLOOR LAMP, CIRCA 1910.  SOLD FOR $137,000.

Sotheby's 20th Century Design Sale Brings Record Online at $4 Million

  • ArtfixDaily / April 5th, 2020

A Sotheby’s auction last week brought a total of $4 million, the highest-ever result for an online sale of 20th ...

Read More...
Part of the Addison Gallery's "Visualizing Poetry" curriculum is Winslow Homer (1836 - 1910) The West Wind, 1891.  Dimensions: 30 in.  x 44 in.

3 Kid-Friendly Projects from Museums To Do During School Closures

  • ArtfixDaily / April 4th, 2020

Sudden homeschooling takes a lot of juggling and tech support from parents who are trying to work from home, or are ...

Read More...

Related Events

Goto Calendar

ARTFIXdaily Artwire