Saturday 3 December 2016

Irish hedge-cutter finds valuable stolen paintings in plastic bag

Published 28/07/2015 | 16:37

Portrait of a Lady by Sir John Lavery was one of three valuable artworks stolen from a home in Donard, Co Wicklow last October
Portrait of a Lady by Sir John Lavery was one of three valuable artworks stolen from a home in Donard, Co Wicklow last October

A man cutting his hedge has found three paintings by world-renowned artists.

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The works by Jack B Yeats, Paul Henry and Sir John Lavery are believed to be the same as those stolen during an art heist in Donard, Co Wicklow, last year.

Investigating gardai had made fresh appeals for information on their whereabouts in recent months after inquiries led nowhere.

But they were handed in this morning after a neighbour in the small mountainside village said he found them in "open ground".

"He was out cutting hedges and found them in a black plastic bag," said a Garda spokesman.

The scene of the find was not far from where the paintings were stolen from a private collection last October.

It is thought they are valued at up to 200,000 euro (£142,000).

The paintings have now been moved to Garda headquarters in Dublin where experts will be called in to verify their authenticity.

"No arrests have been made and investigations are continuing," the Garda spokesman added.

The paintings stolen last year were Portrait of a Lady by Sir John Lavery, Landscape with Cottage by Paul Henry and The Fern in the Area by Jack B Yeats.

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