Robert Wittman Inc. has asked Antique Trader for its help in recovering “Spring” and “Summer,” important oils by Corrado Giaquinto, which were stolen June 1, 1960 from a private home in Washington.
A reward of up to $25,000 has been offered for information resulting in the recovery of these stolen works. Shown at left is Corrado Giaquinto’s (Italian, 1690-1765) work titled “Summer,” an oil on canvas measuring 43 inches by 59 1/2 inches. Below right is “Spring,” an oil on canvas measuring 43 inches by 59 1/2 inches. Only a black and white image is available.
The Robert Wittman website describes the company as a security and recovery consulting firm that serves institutions, auction houses, collectors, galleries, insurance companies and nations interested in protecting their cultural assets.
As a result of specialized training in art, antiques, jewelry and gem identification, Wittman served as the FBI’s investigative expert as the former senior investigator and founder of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Art Crime Team.
During his 20-year career with the FBI, Wittman recovered more that $225 million worth of stolen art and cultural property resulting in many prosecutions and convictions of numerous individuals. In 2004, the Smithsonian Institution awarded Wittman the Robert Burke Memorial Award for Excellence in Cultural Property Protection at the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection.
Robert Wittman, along with John Shiffman, wrote the book “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures” (Crown Publishing, 2010), a memoir of his crime-fighting career.
If you have any information about the location of these paintings, contact Robert Wittman Inc. directly or call his office at 610-361-8929.
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