Thieves steal art worth R69 000 from Hilton gallery

2009-04-23 00:00

Owners of a top Pietermaritzburg art gallery are looking for three paintings worth a combined value of R69 000 which were stolen from Cannon and Cannon.

The owner of the gallery in Hilton, David Cannon, said he received a call from the security company at 9.30 pm on Wednesday night because the alarm at the gallery had been set off.

“The security guys went to check it out and reported back that everything was fine.

“But when I got to work in the morning my window was smashed.”

The gallery has a collection of one-of-a-kind paintings by top South African artists.

Cannon said he was certain that the paintings were not stolen by a random thief.

“Those responsible know a lot about art and they knew exactly which paintings to take.”

Cannon said the most valuable of the paintings is an original by Dutch-born artist Tinus de Jongh worth R35 000.

“It is a beautiful oil painting of an evening landscape, with reflections in a lake and mountains in the background.”

Cannon said the other two paintings were by famous Belgium-born painter Frans Claerhout.

They are both expressionistic paintings valued at approximately R12 000 each.

This robbery comes just two months after a sculpture worth R60 000 was stolen from the garden of a Hilton artist.

Superintendent Henry Budhram confirmed that a case was opened and the police are still looking for suspects.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of the paintings is asked to contact David Cannon at 033 343 3364.

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