Apr 06, 2015
By Andy Johnson
One of New England’s most prestigious art museums is turning a portrait over to U.S. federal authorities because it was bought from a dealer accused of trafficking in stolen antiquities from India. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, says it will expedite the handover of a mid-19th century portrait to the Department of Homeland Security to cooperate with an ongoing international art fraud investigation into dealer Subhash Kapoor.
The museum acquired the portrait from Kapoor’s New York gallery in 2006. Five year’s later, Kapoor was arrested and is now awaiting trial in India. The Peabody Essex Museum says the allegations have sent shock waves through the art community.