Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Thieves get away with a huge hoard

Redbrick Mill, Batley Yorkshire

A Yorkshire dealer lost a lifetime's collection in one night when thieves stole the bulk of his Clarice Cliff stock built up over the last twenty five years.

Art Deco dealer Muir Hewitt lost around 55 pieces of Clarice Cliff when the thieves targeted his shop in the Redbrick Mill in Batley in the early hours of July 26.

Among the Clarice Cliff ceramics taken were the unique Coral Firs Yo Yo vase and the very rare Summerhouse Conical shaped Tea for Two teaset, both of which were exhibited in the Liverpool Walker Art Gallery in their Age of Jazz exhibition in 2005.

Other items taken included three rene Lalique bowls and an Etling bowl. Also stolen were two bronzes by Josef Lorenzi, one 32cm high, the other 37cm high, along with a third bronze and ivory figure by Barthelmy.

West yorkshire Police are invetigating the matter. anyone with information should contact Seth.robinson@westyorkshirepolice.pnn.police.uk quoting the crime number: 1308/314366.

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