Art Loss Register

The ALR is a private database of lost and stolen art, antiques and collectables. Its range of services includes item registration, search and recovery services to collectors, the art trade, insurers and worldwide law enforcement agencies.

The origin of the ALR was The International Foundation for Art Research (IFAR), a not-for-profit organisation based in New York. In an attempt to deter international art theft, IFAR established an art theft archive in 1976 and began publishing the Stolen Art Alert.


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News in brief including a stolen Chinese bronze vessel recovered and returned

12 February 2024

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including an ancient Chinese bronze vessel stolen 40 years ago being recovered after emerging at Sotheby’s.

Chinese bronze vessel

Stolen ancient bronze recovered 40 years later and returned to China

07 February 2024

A 2900-year-old Chinese bronze vessel that was stolen 40 years ago has been returned to China following a repatriation ceremony.

British Museum

British Museum steps up recovery plan for stolen jewellery

26 September 2023

The British Museum has begun a series of measures to try to recover the 2000 jewellery items that were stolen from its collection.

ATG letter: How stolen items can be traced using our register

03 July 2023

In the July 1 edition (ATG No 2599) there is the sad case of the theft of £100,000 of jewellery and a letter from a dealer on a number of other thefts.

Julian Radcliffe

Plea for professional body to boost standard of condition reports

21 November 2022

Forensic and scientific expertise recommended when it comes to condition reports and verification of attribution.

The Apothecaries’ Hall

Discover how scientific forensic analysis helps the art world

13 October 2022

A conference organised by The Art Loss Register will focus on forensic science and technology and its use in the art world.

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Stolen snuff boxes recovered 42 years on

15 November 2021

A group of antique snuff boxes has been recovered after a theft more than 40 years ago.

Anglo Saxon brooch

Anglo-Saxon brooch recovered but rest of hoard still at large

20 September 2021

A renewed plea for eight Anglo-Saxon brooches still missing following a theft in 1995 has been issued after the recovery of one of the group.

Anglo Saxon brooch

Stolen Anglo-Saxon brooch returned to museum after 26 years

11 September 2021

An Anglo-Saxon brooch stolen from Rutland County Museum has been returned 26 years after it went missing.

Dr Elena Greer with tortoises

A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years

19 July 2021

Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.

Victorian finials as rampant lions

Family’s lions roar once more

24 May 2021

A pair of 3ft 7in high (1.12m) Victorian iron pier finials cast as rampant lions have returned home after two decades missing from a family home.

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Stolen Afghan sculpture to return home after being spotted at UK auction

21 January 2020

An Afghan limestone sculpture believed to have been stolen during the Afghan civil war (1992-94), when Kabul was besieged, surfaced at an auction house in the UK last year.

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Art Loss Register launches catalogue database

07 May 2018

The Art Loss Register (ALR) has launched a catalogue business to offer a searchable digital archive of art and antiques auctions dating back as far as the 1880s.

Matisse

Art Loss Register recovers stolen Matisse sculpture purchased for less than 1% of its value

09 November 2017

A bronze statue by Henri Matisse has been rediscovered after it was stolen nearly 30 years ago.

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Stolen Chinese jades make 10 times their estimates years later

08 July 2017

Four Chinese jade vessels have sold for 10 times their estimate after being stolen more than 12 years ago.

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Old Master returned to Poland

02 May 2017

An Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

Simon de Vlieger painting

Old Master marine painting looted by Nazis returned to Poland

01 May 2017

Dutch Old Master marine painting looted by the Nazis during the Warsaw Uprising in 1944 has been returned to Poland.

Art Loss Register doubles subscriptions with 100th user

04 August 2016

The Art Loss Register has doubled its number of subscribers over the past three years.

Battle Scene by Aniello Falcone

Two stolen paintings return to Italy after 22 years

07 June 2016

Two large Old Master paintings worth up to €180,000 (£123,530) have been returned to Italy 22 years after they were stolen.

Stolen Dutch paintings found in Swiss auction

22 February 2016

The Art Loss Register (ALR) has located two paintings stolen from a home in Amsterdam in 2010.

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