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Art Theft Trends: Porcelain a Hot Commodity

Art Theft Trends: Porcelain a Hot Commodity

According to a recent article in The Art Newspaper, “England’s stately homes are being targeted by organised gangs who are stealing important porcelain pieces, with at least 21 major cases in the past three years.” Additionally, since 2007, there have been 15 attempted robberies. Dick Ellis, former head of Scotland Yard’s Art and Antiques Unit suspects “that many have gone abroad, primarily to Europe, where Meissen and Sèvres is highly collectable. Items may well be sold at large antiques fairs in England, usually within a few days of the theft, and then passed to unsuspecting Continental dealers.”…

*Originally Posted at Art Theft Central

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