2400NEDI stolen tiger.jpg
This Japanese bronze sculpture of a prowling tiger, purchased at Mallams in Cheltenham in May, has been stolen from RA Barnes Antiques.

Enjoy unlimited access: just £1 for 12 weeks

Subscribe now

He is calling on the trade to look out for a Japanese bronze tiger and a cat that were stolen from the road behind Roger's Antique Galleries in Portobello Road at around 6am on two concurrent Saturday mornings in June. Items also taken were door knockers and other lower value items.

Langin said: “I think they were watching me. As soon as my back was turned, when I took my stock inside they must have taken the box from my car. It happened within the space of just two minutes.”

Among the stolen items was a 17in (43cm) high bronze sculpture of a prowling tiger. The Japanese, late Meiji period, signed tiger was purchased at Mallams in Cheltenham in May for a hammer price of £450.

2400NEDI stolen tiger mark.jpg

The mark on the Japanese bronze sculpture stolen from RA Barnes Antiques.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting the Metropolitan police crime reference number 4353 02/07/19.

Langin, who has been in the trade for more than 45 years, runs his business from Oxfordshire and trades weekly from Portobello Road. He previously ran a shop in Putney.

Stolen cat.jpg

This cat was stolen from behind Roger's Antique Galleries in Portobello Road.