The Identification of Stolen Paintings Using Comparison of Various Marks

    Volume 47, Issue 3 (May 2002)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 May 2002

    Page Count: 5


    Klein, A
    Scientific Officers and Head of Laboratory, respectively, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Vinokurov, A
    Scientific Officers and Head of Laboratory, respectively, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Lurie, DJ
    Curator of 16th to 19th Centuries Art and Chief Conservator of the Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, Tel-Aviv,

    Levi, JA
    Head of the Photography Laboratory, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Levin, N
    Scientific Officers and Head of Laboratory, respectively, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Novoselsky, Y
    Scientific Officers and Head of Laboratory, respectively, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    Shor, Y
    Scientific Officers and Head of Laboratory, respectively, Toolmarks and Materials Laboratory, Israel National Police Headquarters, Jerusalem,

    (Received 11 December 2001; accepted 3 December 2001)

    Abstract

    Several oil paintings, suspected of being stolen, were found in the possession of an art dealer in Tel-Aviv, Israel. The authors were asked to determine if these paintings were the stolen ones, based on photographs, stretchers, and frames submitted by the alleged owners in France. A physical match was found between two of the questioned paintings and two stretchers. Another painting was identified as being previously affixed to the original frame by several nails. The fourth painting was identified as being the one photographed by the alleged owner. This identification was done by comparing micro-topography marks revealed by the illumination conditions of that photograph and of the questioned painting.


    Paper ID: JFS15305J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS15305J

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    Title The Identification of Stolen Paintings Using Comparison of Various Marks
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