CONTINUING the recent spate of sophisticated country house thefts, valuable antiques were stolen from two homes in the south east of England in the space of a week last month.
In both cases the thieves were thought to have targeted
specific items and were in and out of the property in a matter of
Late on Tuesday June 15, or in the early hours of Wednesday June
16, a cache of antiques valued at in excess of £1m were stolen from
a private residence in Wiltshire. Probably carried away in two
pairs of Georgian brass-bound peat buckets, silver by Paul Storr,
Vincennes porcelain and ormolu by Matthew Boulton were among the
items stolen by a gang or three or four men.
Subject to the usual conditions, a "very substantial reward" is
being offered for information leading to a recovery.
On the evening of Wednesday, June 23 thieves stole Continental
porcelain and other antiques from a home in Andover, Hertfordshire.
In addition to pieces of Sèvres, around 30 pieces of 18th century
Meissen were taken - many of them from an ornithological dinner
service - plus a pair of 2ft (61cm) high schneeballen vases, one
with a broken wing tip pictured right.
Information on the Wiltshire theft should be directed to DC Taylor
of Swindon Police Station on 01793 507912 quoting crime reference
Information on the Andover theft should be directed to DS Darren
Rawlings of Andover CID on 01256 405140 quoting crime reference
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