French Masterworks Recovered After Sitting in Italian Kitchen for 40 Years

April 3rd, 2014

Police display Gauguin's Fruits sur une able ou Nature au Petit Chien and Bonnard's La femme aux Deux Fauteuils, via the GuardianA pair of paintings by Gaugin and Bonnard, stolen from a London collector in 1970, have resurfaced in the home of an Italian autoworker, the Guardian reports.  The pieces were purchased at auction in 1975 for a sum of 45,000 lira (€39 or £32, equal to £300 today), and sat in the kitchen of his home for many years, before the owner’s son noticed a similarity between the works and other Impressionist masterpieces.  “The worker, it seems clear, didn’t know what they were,” says Mariano Mossa, commander of the Italian heritage police.Read more at The Guardian