To behave as though this painting is his family's property simply because a long dead family member is depicted in the painting and to also assert that it was stolen decades ago and should be returned to him without providing any evidence of a contemporary police report of it being reported missing, is an aristocratic pompousness un-befitting the modern age. Then how do we know that Mr Murray hasn’t sold the painting, taken it to the pound shop or tipped it away? C. Flores! In 2009, Selina and her father packed their case and headed off to New York. And no its still not been resolved. Chances are the painting would have been crushed by the garbage truck's jaws and deposited at the nearest dump. Selina and her father, have been offered 25 per cent of the sale, and the rest of the money is to go to the Drakes. In other words, it was just a coincidence that she happened to be there at the same time as the sale. Silly girl. She was really looking forward to the sale, not just for the money, but because of the whole experience. Therefore he knows exactly how to handle the case. The "good" news is the painting is still at Sotheby's (or was as of Nov 2013) and will remain there until courts determine the true owner. That's their problem. I say "finders keepers, losers weepers". It is a shame that an agreement - say 50/50 - could not have been achieved - thereby saving a lot of legal fees and stress. What a roller coaster ride for Selina ! In 1987, the painting, along with a work by Lady Blake and other material related to the Blake family, was found by Tony Varney while fishing in Ireland. If the family don't have the records then the insurers might have these records. So they set out to try to track down it's History. The art world scandal that has taken the world by storm. This woman and her Dad are the legitimate owners, and left it foar too late to cause this chaos. Ignored Sotheby's advice it would be sold. I gather it was on TV or in the paper, and you took the story and made it into a great hub. Just a question of time..... Selina, if you read these messages, take the 97% vote results to your lawyer, and sue the Blakes whe you successfully sue Sotheby's. Like hell it was! Thanks for reading, nell. They wanted to sell the painting and give Selina just 25 percent of the proceeds. I take umbrage with Simon Murray’s comments accusing Selina of wanting the money to buy a swimming pool and cars while he’s the one saying he needs the money for renovations! There shouldn't have been a problem. 10 minutes before the painting was sold, she was called to the office and told that it had been withdrawn! Someone else has claimed ownership of "Children". Thanks for reading. Nell Rose (author) from England on September 13, 2014: I would seek out a lawyer pro bono or on fixed fee, and challenge Sotheby's... for wrongful possession. . On the way back, they happened to walk past a Rubbish Dump. Nell Rose (author) from England on August 19, 2020: Exactly Shauna, it was just greed. [11] According to Mr. Murray, his family didn't know that the painting was stolen until it was put up for auction at Sotheby's. As far as Tony was concerned it was just another pretty water colour that happened to have been thrown away. [4], The painting was featured in the second episode of the BBC TV programme, Fake or Fortune? [6] Ms. Varney was flown to New York to observe the sale. It is quite possible that what was presented to the governor's wife was a preliminary sketch, from which Homer painted his work to sell back in the United States. "Children" is only one of several paintings being held at Sotheby's until the rightful owner is determined. There was no burglary, as the Blakes stated in the first place. Everything was in place, the picture was ready, and all the catalogues had been sent out weeks before. I do wish we could get a more up to date answer though. It's no coincidence that he is offering Varney 25-30% of a painting est. This is a very interesting case from a legal perspective. Nell Rose (author) from England on August 17, 2020: I totally agree Robin. Remember, they had the painting for 20 years. [12] Mr. Murray conducted further research among his family's papers and claims to have found a letter which described the circumstances under which the painting was produced.[4]. I hope that my meaning is clear. So this was an exciting time. I thought it was very unfair that they were allowed to pull the sale of the painting from the auction right at the last minute as another party had claimed ownership. This is a real life 'Goldfinch". No police report, no proof it was stolen. I did email them a couple of years ago, but refused to tell me anything.Thanks for reading. Origin. And this is also refutable as it's only through the Salina's word on their find. They didn't have any frames, and if he had left them there, they would have been ruined by the rain. [13] Sotheby's responded that the ownership of the painting was still disputed and should be settled in the courts. In fact most value their artwork yearly. Not only is Simon rich, he is also a lawyer. So sad that rich people have such a narrow attitude. Homer visited the Bahamas in the winters of 1884 and 1885. The central figure is Olive Blake. I don't think it will ever be sorted out to be honest, its one of those things that could go on for years! Is there legal documentation where she posted the painting against her debt to him? Let’s not forget he’s a trained lawyer. First of all yes I totally understand what you mean about Simon Murray's so called evidence, of course it can't possibly prove where the painting went, how, or why. Winslow Homer's Children Under a Palm Tree Painting Scandal. The Blakes believe it is a family portrait and therefore it should go back to them. Selina is the real owner, simple as that, as for the new so called owner coming forward, Selina should be able to sell the painting and then pay him off, thanks for reading, nell, Hi Dolores, no it was never reported, in fact it was 20 years before all this happened! VALUELESS.....unless each take 50%. Seems to me that Simon Murray's family should have some insurance records of the painting from before the painting was found on the dump. To reclaim the painting the Blakes would have to prove that it was more likely than not that the painting belonged to them and, rather than being sold or abandoned, it had either been lost or was stolen from them. The home where Homer lived and worked from 1883 … A 50% share in that painting would've been more than he was rightfully entitled to, but after his true colors were shown I sincerely hope he gets nothing, that he's disinherited, and that he dies penniless and alone. I think it was disgusting how the whole thing went down, in fact the so called evidence that appeared seemed a bit suspect to me! lol! Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on September 12, 2014: Was the painting reported as stolen at the time it supposedly went missing? This is a place where everyone comes to throw away all their old garbage. Selina's dad found it so that should be the end of it. Selina and Tony were given the great news. I find Murray's comments on how Selina would spend the money on a swimming pool etc. I even wrote to Sotheby's! As usual, the only winners will be the lawyers. The work was painted in the Bahamas in 1885. thanks again, and have a great weekend, nell. Even they mentioned that they would have been ruined in a hours or a day if left exposed. G. S. 2020 comment on September 23, 2020: If Mr. Shorer wins and the painting ends up In Worcester Museum ( in Connecticut), it couldn’t have a better home. Being most profficient in both water colours and oil, he soon became very well known. Join Facebook to connect with Clifford Schorer and others you may know. amazing out of all the series this is the one that captured the worlds imagination. lol! But she didn't. I can't believe it's taking this long for the courts to declare who the rightful owner actually is. that was a great read Nell.. it is sad that there is still no outcome! Great story. Some artists work on a sketch or two, and then go on to their final painting, much as a writer will work on a draft. Nell Rose (author) from England on September 12, 2014: I never realised that Genee, Wow! The man is a barrister for god's sake. I have no doubt that at one time the painting had belonged to the Blakes but come on... without the Dad finding these paintings and saving them there would be nothing for the Blakes to claim and nothing is what they should receive. [16], "€110k Winslow Homer painting is 'a steal, Searchlight on Harbor Entrance, Santiago de Cuba,, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, limitation, by the automatic time-barring of claims —, This page was last edited on 15 December 2020, at 03:43. thanks, looks like selena and new hubby are off to a new york court very soon. Winslow Homer (Boston, 24 februari 1836 – Prout's Neck, Maine, 29 september 1910) was een Amerikaans lithograaf, tekenaar en kunstschilder.Hij wordt door velen beschouwd als de belangrijkste Amerikaanse schilder uit de 19e eeuw. The painting was not framed and was subsequently included among a number of works by Lady Blake who was herself an amateur artist. Her Dad found this dumped, no police report, no insurance claim. Then for the next 20 years he forgot about them. Do you know of any updates surrounding this story? The fact is, this watercolor, unframed, was tucked away in the pages of a scrapbook and it's more than likely the family tossed it out with no idea anything valuable was in it, which is their problem. Nell. When Clifford Schorer, an American art dealer who specialises in Old Masters, realised that he had forgotten to buy a present for a colleague, he had no idea that a chain of coincidences was about to Now there's a thought. Hallo, Inloggen. no wonder its still stuck at Sotheby's! Fresh-Foodz - Daily Needs Online. To him this lawsuit represents a personal challenge, since he has nothing to lose. What we do not know: No one has any idea how, what, where its been all those previous years. After twenty long years of collecting dust in a cupboard, they thought it was time that someone else had a chance to own this wonderful Painting. The latest news on this amazing story is that Clifford Schorer a rich entrepreneur, says he loaned Selena Rendall an unspecified amount of money in 2012, and she backed the loan with the painting - which is estimated to be worth as much as $250,000. TV's, sofa's, chairs and broken pieces of rubbish that they no longer want. The descendants of Sir Henry Arthur Blake, who was a British Colonial administrator, back in the 19th Century, stated that the painting was of Sir Henry's children, so therefore the painting still belonged to them! The family believe it disappeared from Myrtle Grove after a series of robberies in the 1980s,[10] although Philip Mould notes that there was no crime reported. We have wealthy relatives who you would not believe would have done the most appalling things to a 90 year old. Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2014: Hi Trogging, that's so true! Children Under a Palm (or sometimes Children Under a Palm Tree) is a water colour painting by Winslow Homer.It was featured in the second episode of the BBC TV series Fake or Fortune?. A very important water colourist in America in the 19th Century. This man, who comes from a family that is so wealthy they can jet of around the world just when they feel like it, belittles Selina, who is a kind and loving mother. If they could be grateful for the find and offer her half the money, I think she would accept it. I watched this last night and was shocked, to then today do some research and discover a 3rd party has made a claim.... Could it have gotten any worse. As long as Selena is making her payments, I do not see how Schorer can call in the loan, and if he wins, the Worcester will have obtained a very valuable painting to add to their collection. Why not just split the money in half. it will be interesting to see what happens next! A very important water colourist in America in the 19th Century. The Blake's have NOTHING. After the initial shock, Tony decided to let the Antiques Roadshow investigate how such a great Painting could end up on a rubbish dump in Ireland. What a mystery. Two different concepts I’m afraid! After so many years, finders keepers ought to be the verdict. Nell Rose (author) from England on March 05, 2018: Its a weird situation Paul. Family does not deserve it or the painting itself. this is just greed, and yes I agree, a number 1 sin, nell. I do know of her. Clifford Schorer says Selena Varney (used the painting as security for a loan. Nell Rose (author) from England on March 08, 2017: LOL! Without an injuction, without any form off proof, the other party had stopped the sale! The 'well Selina is alright she married and owns a pub'.....try running one, and you will what hard work it is. Who knows. outrageous. If they were worthy of it, they would not discard the painting as rubbish. Thanks for reading. [4] On the day of the sale, however, Mr. Murray changed his mind. Either way the original owner, for whatever reason, decided at the time, that they didn't want the Painting, along with other goods, and threw them away. Selina refused the offer. And of course figure out if it was a fake or the real thing. The painting was in fact worth more. Nobody had ever reported it missing, or stolen. He was born and raised in the Cambridge area, Boston, MA, and the first work he did in the field of art, was working as a print maker, in Boston, as well as … Clifford Schorer Apr 7 2018 at 1:08 pm I remember the day I stumbled on the collection of the Worcester Art Museum, a mere 16 miles away from my office, but then so quietly marketed, unknown, other than a few scholarly references, to even an enthusiastic amateur like myself. Nell Rose (author) from England on January 31, 2014: Hi Garp, yes that's so true, I did try getting in touch with Sotheby's but to no avail, they wouldn't give me any info, it seems its a stand off still! Thanks for sharing a story that you made easy to understand. Winslow Homer (February 24, 1836 – September 29, 1910) was an American landscape painter and printmaker, best known for his marine subjects.He is considered one of the foremost painters in 19th-century America and a preeminent figure in American art. But Selina held onto her dignity by not responding. I hope it's resolved soon, for the family's sake. Simon Murray, (Lawyer and Barrister, son of Shirley Rountree), clearly not short of a bob or 2, claim, quote, 'I am sure the money has all been spent on swimming pools and cars'....well, actually as a single Mum of 4 children, likely paying off what she now owns, idiot comment. Being self taught, he practised with water colours and started his career as a commercial illustrator. Nell Rose (author) from England on June 03, 2015: Thanks Penny, Yes you are right, if it all goes wrong then she will be in big trouble, sorry if you were upset at angiii's comment, I appreciate your writing and letting me know, nell. Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 19, 2020: Nell, I didn't see any mention of a police report for the alleged theft of the painting (that no one even remembered until its value became known). I just wish she had thought of that! Homer had Painted the picture when they had all met up abroad. They stated that as it was a family piece then it should automatically come back to the family. According to Wikipedia, in October 2013 The London Evening Standard reported that Shirley Rountree (Simon's mother) was suing Sothebys for the return of the painting. There are no police record of break in or theft, and no insurance records. Invaluable is the world's largest marketplace for art, antiques, and collectibles. The hosts were indulging him and his significant proof of provenance, I get it, but did not mention that this has NOTHING to do with proof of ownership. We're they 'garbage picking' in the tip but too proud to admit it and claimed that they were outside the gates? Winslow Homer was a landscape artist. Han vandt først et navn ved illustrationer, særlig efter Borgerkrigens udbrud, ved sine krigsscener for Harpers Weekly. it seems they went into action the second they thought they would lose money! thanks, that sounds interesting! That of course is what would happen if Selina agreed. To be honest I never really noticed the tone of Penny's remarks I just presumed she knew her. He knows that he doesn't have enough to get the painting but he has the power to put the painting in limbo. At the date of transmission of the programme (26 June 2011) ownership was still the subject of a legal dispute. Now he tells Selena Varney, give me 70-75% of any money raised and I'll allow the sale to go ahead. Property that has been abandoned does not belong to anyone and the legal owner who has abandoned it cannot later change their mind when they discover its true worth. [1] It measures 14 inches by 20 inches and depicts the three children of Sir Henry Blake, the colonial governor of the Bahamas at the time. I personally think the family that found the painting should be entitled to the total amount especially as there was no evidence of a burglary. Account en lijsten Retourzendingen en bestellingen. And the family barrister is just using that story as leverage in what amounts to an extortion of money from the rightful owner of the painting. He then went on to make an insulting remark about Selina and her family. Imogen French from Southwest England on October 05, 2020: Fascinating story. The Blakes are entitled to nothing. So, leaning down, he brushed of the dirt, and decided to take them home to keep them safe from ruin. Presumably, the proceeds will be used to repay the loan. In November 2013, a new claimant for ownership of the painting emerged. He forgot to mention 55” flat screens! This does not need litigation. Nell Rose (author) from England on July 14, 2020: Not sure what you mean by Goldfinch? But it does seem that the financial gain goes to the lawyers. and what a proverbial ass is the great grandson and the rest of the Blake family for making this claim . seems being truthful doesn't get you anywhere these days! In fact Tony Varney and Selina, were more interested in the history of the piece. It said that late in life, Homer had become a recluse in Maine, so I was curious as to how and where he would've met up with the Blakes to do "Children" in the first place. Clifford has since tried to retrieve the Painting from Sotheby's but they still refuse to let him take it. Without a police report how can the Blakes claim it as theirs? I hope Selina would win the case and get all the money. He learned that the work, Children Under a Palm Tree, had most likely been painted by Winslow Homer. When Simon Murray, identified the photo, he said the family still had the urn, that they had found and was in the picture. GREED. Lies, falsehoods, theft..... and Mum was 90, all to make her change her will. "Finders keepers" does not apply in all situations or jurisdictions. Blessings, Audrey. Nell Rose (author) from England on May 15, 2015: Hi brake, yes it was on tv, it made a real storm over here. Family obviously think that they could treat her the way they like since they have the money and status. Maybe that is what the Blake family are hoping for. So, I say that he's out of luck, as well. So many people around the world have commented on it. Tarot Cards - Pick Three Cards For A Free Reading. It is always, but always, those who have it who want more. Thanks for reading. Mary Craig from New York on September 12, 2014: I'm so glad you brought this one back Nell. Just over a year later, the Blake family allege that they have found documents, letters that mention the party that the children had gone too, and the description of the clothes they were wearing in the Painting. My view is 65/35 Salina/Murray would have been reasonable and found money to him. Aha Penny, do tell! The whole thing is ridiculous. As I live one state over, I hope to see it one day. It's strange that this is still going on and Sotherby's have still not released the painting. Nell Rose (author) from England on December 15, 2018: Exactly. I have just watched the latest Fake or Fortune series and I totally understand what you mean about the authenticity. With the new series just started I hope we get to see something about this, maybe the last in the series as an update, fingers crossed! 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