Bid to trace owners of 'stolen' paintings

Published Thursday, 19 June 2014
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Gardaí have issued a series of images to the public in order to reunite owners with a number of recovered artworks believed to have been stolen in Ireland and the UK.

Bid to trace owners of 'stolen' paintings
One of the images released by gardaí. (© An Garda Síochána)

A total of 48 paintings were seized - along with a number of antique books and antiquities - when gardaí searched a premises in west Dublin in April as part of an ongoing investigation.

The overall value of the artwork seized is in excess of €100k.

The paintings include works by Robert Ballagh, William Ashford, Brian Ballord, and Graham Knuttell.

Six of the paintings have been identified as stolen and the owners have been identified. Their combined value of those paintings is about €35k.

They were stolen as long ago as the 1980s and 1990s from Belfast, Dublin and Carlow and also Yorkshire in England.

It is suspected by police that the majority of the remaining paintings were also stolen.

Garda Superintendent Paul Moran said: "We have 42 paintings we hoping to re-unite them with their owners. All the items can be viewed on the Garda web site, anyone with information is asked to contact the detective unit at Pearse Street Garda station to schedule a viewing

"These items may have been stolen over a number of years, and possibly in the United Kingdom or Ireland."

Gardaí have made images of the paintings available online here for the public to view.

They have liaised with the Arts & Antiquities Unit in the National Bureau of Criminal Investigation (NBCI), and arts experts and international police as part of the investigation.

Gardaí are appealing for

  • anyone who may recognise any of the artworks
  • anyone who had property/artworks stolen up to 20/30 years ago
  • art owners to check their pieces, as it is possible that they may have been stolen and replaced by a copy
  • anyone who may have thought they lost the property/artworks
  • anyone who may have been offered any of these artworks for sale (either auctioneers or members of the public)

An Garda Síochána can be contacted at by anyone who wants to arrange a viewing.
© UTV News
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