Artworks worth millions seized from Wildenstein Institute
Guy Wildenstein faces an investigation after the heir of a wealthy private collector claimed the works belonged to him.
Among the 30 pieces seized from the Wildenstein Institute in Paris last month were an oil painting by the impressionist Berthe Morisot called Cottage in Normandy, valued at 800,000 euros (£675,000), and Café Concert Singer by the impressionist Edouard Manet, worth several million pounds.
The paintings are alleged to have belonged to Anne-Marie Rouart, a descendant of Manet. She was a friend of the late Daniel Wildenstein, Guy’s father and a celebrated dealer who amassed the world’s biggest private art collection.
According to a family member, she “entrusted him with her tableaux and gold ingots whenever she went on holiday”. At the time of her death in 1993, she bequeathed her collection to the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, whose treasurer was Mr Wildenstein.
Her cousin, Yves Rouart, claims he was supposed to inherit all the works furnishing her flat in the wealthy Parisian suburb of Neuilly. But when he went to the apartment, there was no sign of the works he expected to find.
Artworks worth millions seized from Wildenstein Institute – Telegraph.