POLICE are appealing for help after 27 Chinese works of art were stolen from Stroud Auction Rooms in Gloucestershire a day before they were due to be sold.
The theft occurred sometime between 8pm on Tuesday, October 11
and 8.15am on Wednesday, October 12 - the viewing day for a two-day
sale on October 13-14. Police believe a burglar gained entry to the
building, The Old Barn in Rodborough Common, using a ladder to
reach a very small window, which was then smashed to gain access to
a cabinet positioned close by.
Although the building was fitted with a security system, it
appears the thief used knowledge of the position of sensors to
access the display case without triggering an alarm.
The cabinet contained a number of the sale's potential
highlights, including a bamboo libation cup c.1700 (estimate
£3000-5000), a Qing jade brush washer in the form of a pomegranate
(estimate £800-1200) and a 14in (35cm) Republic period blue and
white porcelain figure of Guanyin holding a bottle vase (estimate
The sale (the largest staged at Stroud Auction Rooms) went ahead
with scene of crime officers still on site.
Anyone with information should contact Gloucestershire Police
quoting reference 69/October 12 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555