Two men have been charged with theft after Henry Moore’s ‘Working Model for Sundial 1965’ sculpture and a bronze plinth were stolen from his former home.
The items were taken from the Henry Moore
Foundation near Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, overnight between July
They were recovered after a BBC
Liam Hughes, 22, and 19-year-old Jason
Parker, both of Coltsfield, Stansted, Essex, were bailed to appear
at Stevenage Magistrates Court on August 3, charged with two counts
Working Model for Sundial 1965, a
22in high bronze sculpture thought to be worth £500,000, is
normally situated in the gardens of Hoglands, Moore's house,
located so it can be viewed from the large sitting room.
The Foundation said: "We hope that the
successful outcome of this investigation will help to stimulate
interest in Moore's Reclining Figure which was taken
from the Foundation in 2005.
"The reward of up to £100,000 is still
available for information leading to the recovery of this
sculpture. The reward is subject to special conditions.
"Anyone with information should call police
on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111."
They added: "The Foundation takes the care of Henry Moore's
sculptures extremely seriously and has installed heightened
security measures in recent years."