Stolen artwork missing for 13 years recovered

- Eleven of the 17 artworks stolen from Hobcaw Barony, owned by The Belle W. Baruch Foundation, have been recovered after being missing for 13 years.

With the cooperation of Frazer Pajak and John Ivy, officials said they were led to Ivy Auction House, a regional auction house in Laurens, SC where they found the lost works.

The theft of ten paintings and seven Audubon prints from Hobcaw Barony more than a decade ago was featured on a segment of the popular PBS program “Antiques Roadshow” in 2013.

Officials said the theft was reported on July 31, 2003 by the former curator, Samuel McIntosh, on his last day of work following his dismissal.

Criminal charges were later filed against McIntosh after a search of his home in Kingstree discovered art and other items that belonged to The Foundation, including a painting valued at $12,000 that he had reported missing.

“Antiques Roadshow” featured an equestrian painting of particular significance - a portrait of Belle Baruch on her prize show-jumper Souriant III by Sir Alfred J. Munnings.  The work is an oil painting measuring 39 x 36 inches, with a retail value in excess of $1 million. It was stolen along with two studies of Baruch and her mount Munnings painted in preparation for the commissioned piece.

All three paintings have been returned to the Baruch Foundation, officials said. 
 

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