Artwork stolen 13 years ago from Hobcaw Barony has been recovere - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Artwork stolen 13 years ago from Hobcaw Barony has been recovered

One of the recovered pieces of art was valued in excess of $1 million. (Source: Robert Norris) One of the recovered pieces of art was valued in excess of $1 million. (Source: Robert Norris)

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – The majority of the pieces of art that were reported stolen from Hobcaw Barony 13 years ago have been recovered.

According to a press release, 11 of the 17 stolen artworks were found at the Ivy Auction House in Laurens.

PBS’ program “Antiques Roadshow featured a segment on the theft of the 10 paintings and seven Audubon prints in 2013.

George Chastain, executive director of the Baruch Foundation, confirmed the recovered works were found in conditions ranging from very good to poor and were removed from the scene for forensic and technical examination, the release stated.

Foundation officials believed much of the art could be restored.

“These pieces help tell the story of Hobcaw Barony; their theft left a hole in our history,” Chastain said. “Thanks to the assistance and persistence of Matt Jacobson of the FBI’s Greenville office and Assistant United States Attorney Rhett DeHart, they will be restored to their rightful place, both physically and narratively.”

One of the paintings featured on “Antiques Roadshow” was a portrait of Belle Baruch on her prize show-jumper Souriant III. It is valued in excess of $1 million, the press release stated.

That painting has been returned to The Belle W. Baruch Foundation, which owns Hobcaw Barony.

The theft of the art was reported on July 31, 2003, by the former Hobcaw Barony curator, Samuel McIntosh, on his last day of work following his dismissal, the release stated.

McIntosh later faced criminal charges after a search of his Kingstree home reportedly led to the discovery of art and other items belonging to the Baruch Foundation, according to the press release.

Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY - Heavy rain and a flash flood threat for your morning drive

    FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY - Heavy rain and a flash flood threat for your morning drive

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:22 AM EDT2018-05-28 09:22:03 GMT
    Flash Flood WatchFlash Flood Watch

    Flash flood watch is in effect until 6pm Monday. This will impact any outdoor plans and holiday travel for Memorial Day. The First Alert Weather Team continues to analyze the threat of flash flooding and up to 3"-4" of rain in a short period of time, and has declared Monday as a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. 

    More >>

    Flash flood watch is in effect until 6pm Monday. This will impact any outdoor plans and holiday travel for Memorial Day. The First Alert Weather Team continues to analyze the threat of flash flooding and up to 3"-4" of rain in a short period of time, and has declared Monday as a FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY. 

    More >>
  • Businesses, visitors say barricades impact business and parking on Ocean Blvd.

    Businesses, visitors say barricades impact business and parking on Ocean Blvd.

    Monday, May 28 2018 5:03 AM EDT2018-05-28 09:03:39 GMT
    Barricades remained up on Ocean Blvd impacting parking (Source: WMBF News)Barricades remained up on Ocean Blvd impacting parking (Source: WMBF News)
    Barricades remained up on Ocean Blvd impacting parking (Source: WMBF News)Barricades remained up on Ocean Blvd impacting parking (Source: WMBF News)

    From the traffic loop to the barricades to the stormy weather, some business owners and visitors in downtown Myrtle Beach said this weekend was not as busy as they anticipated.

    More >>

    From the traffic loop to the barricades to the stormy weather, some business owners and visitors in downtown Myrtle Beach said this weekend was not as busy as they anticipated.

    More >>
  • Car crash into transformer apparently causes power outage in Surfside Beach area

    Car crash into transformer apparently causes power outage in Surfside Beach area

    Monday, May 28 2018 4:41 AM EDT2018-05-28 08:41:36 GMT
    A transformer was damaged at the electrical substation on Dick Pond Road. (Source: Jon Dick)A transformer was damaged at the electrical substation on Dick Pond Road. (Source: Jon Dick)
    A transformer was damaged at the electrical substation on Dick Pond Road. (Source: Jon Dick)A transformer was damaged at the electrical substation on Dick Pond Road. (Source: Jon Dick)

    Nearly 1,500 Santee Cooper customers were without power Monday morning, apparently after a car crashed into an electric substation along Dick Pond Road near Surfside Beach.

    More >>

    Nearly 1,500 Santee Cooper customers were without power Monday morning, apparently after a car crashed into an electric substation along Dick Pond Road near Surfside Beach.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly