This is MY MOTHER‘S STORY from 1991 to EARLY 1992! 

Imagine researching a crazy artwork story that your mother was part of and one day you find yourself connecting to these statements…

5 Pen & Pencil Drawings

A Manet Painting

A Man in a Hat

A Bird Finial

& MORE!

Imagine researching a crazy artwork story that your mother was part of and one day you find yourself connecting to these statements…

5 Pen & Pencil Drawings

A Manet Painting

A Man in a Hat

A Bird Finial

& MORE!

What if that connection was to the Largest Art Heist in History.
No way… RIGHT? 

3/18/1990 Isabella Stewart Gardner Art Heist

Stolen:

  • 5 Pen & Pencils by Edgar Degas
  • Manet painting of a man in a hat
  • 3 Rembrandts
  • Govaert Flinck painting
  • Vermeer painting
  • Bird Finial
  • Chinese Beaker

Below represents how I believe my mother's artwork connects to the stolen items and are in the order of how I connected to them.

5 Pen & Pencil drawings by Edgar Degas
  • 5 Pen & Pencil drawings by Alexander Calder

Manet painting of a man in a hat

  • Manet painting of a beach/ocean scene
  • A man in a hat – van Gogh is a man in a hat
Bird Finial (low value)
  • 3 Bird (Jane Peterson) paintings (lower value pieces)

Vermeer painting

  • Jim Cassel print (need to read why)
  • Dutch Room – van Gogh is also a Dutch artist

3 Rembrandts

  • 4 Picassos could equal 3 Rembrandts
Govaert Flinck painting & Chinese Beaker
  • no obvious connection

No way a crazy art story could collide with not ONE but TWO art crimes ALL occurring in less than 24 months of each other... RIGHT?!

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Trying to prove a connection with the following events:

 

  • March 18, 1990 – Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum.
    • Trying to prove – Heist done by Frederick R. Koch and John Olsen.
  • December 21, 1990 – Mary Robinson Koch passes away.
    • She is the mother of Frederick R. Koch. My mother’s name is also Mary.
  • September 21, 1991 – Robert Donati is murdered by the mafia, because of art heist.
  • October 7, 1991 – James Bourlet & Sons London warehouse art storage fire.
    • Trying to prove Fire done by Frederick R. Koch and/or John Olsen.
  • November 1991 – Stranger arrives in my mother’s life and begins to sell her artwork. We still have some of the artwork and hand written notes between them.
    • Trying to prove – this was Frederick R. Koch.
  • February 1992 – My mother visits Sotheby’s they authenticate the Snowy Egret, Jane Peterson painting.
  • March 1992 – Stranger departs in hospital scene with a newspaper obituary, but turns out he is alive.
  • April 1992 – Sotheby’s signs contract with my mother on the Jane Peterson painting.
  • 1994 Someone writes a letter to the museum trying to return the stolen artwork and claiming they have knowledge of international art transactions. My Miami research connects to a company called International Art Trading. They request to communicate through the newspaper.
    • Trying to prove – Frederick R. Koch wrote this letter.

Below is my mother's artwork that I was able to photograph.