A happy ending

May 23 2011

Image of A happy ending

Picture: Antiques Trade Gazette

This bust, of Elisabeth Borrett by Sir Henry Cheere, was stolen in January from the church of St Peter & St Paul, Shoreham, West Sussex. It has now been returned, after a photograph was published in the indispensable Antiques Trade Gazette.

The bust was bought, unwittingly, by a dealer, who then consigned it to Sotheby's. He saw the picture in the ATG, and pulled it from the sale. See the pair, of John Borrett, here

Despite the happy ending, there is something profoundly sad about someone wanting to make a few quid (probably literally) by stealing a marble bust from a church.

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