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The crucifix, made of copper and enamel, was crafted in Limoges, France, and was part of a Polish art collection brought to Austria during Nazi rule, Josef Holzberger, police spokesman in Salzburg, said on Thursday.
It was found in 2004 in the lakeside winter resort of Zell am See by a woman combing through a skip filled with the discarded possessions of a neighbor who had just died.
"The lady had a soft spot for old crockery and was rummaging for plates when she found the crucifix," said Holzberger. "She asked the deceased's family, and they said she could have it."
Last month the woman showed the crucifix to a friend who realized it might be something special and took it to a museum.
In the run-up to World War Two, the owners of the crucifix had hid it and other treasures by walling them inside the basement of a house in Warsaw.
They were discovered by the Nazis in 1941, brought to the Polish National Museum and later transferred to a castle in the Austrian village of Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse, near Zell am See, police said.
"We lost track of what happened then -- we don't know how the crucifix ended up in Zell am See," Holzberger said.
The crucifix might be worth up to 400,000 euros ($539,000) at auction. Poland's culture ministry has contacted the London-based Commission for Looted Art in Europe, which represents the heirs of former art collectors, Holzberger said.
Treasure hunting is a familiar arena for Bruckheimer, producer of the successful "National Treasure" action adventure feature franchise.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Meanwhile, a perfectly formed pigeonnier in the village of Beuregard in the Lot (€155,000, Savills 0207 016 3740) has been converted into a love-nest with circular kitchen and bedroom and two acres of garden.
Thursday, August 9, 2007
A story about a time, a story about a place, a story about the people. But above all things, a story about love.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
All the finds are on display at a new visitor centre on New Orchard Street.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sent to Vienna in 1945, he was assigned to interrogate members of the SS, and met many refugees from Stalin's reign of terror - experiences that gave rise to questions that would occupy him for most of the rest of his life.
Sunday, August 5, 2007
The group behind the project, Bryn Mawr Heritage Trust, proposes to farm the land using medieval methods, including using horses and cattle to tow carts.
The castle, built in 1626 by Sir Thomas Morgan, has stood empty for nearly 70 years after a fire in 1941.
The Grade II listed castle which is also registered as an ancient monument was bought by its current owner in 1998.
The owner of the castle could not be contacted for comment.
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
The Kerdeston Hawking Book contains details on hawk and falcon training and treatment. © British Library
A pair of unique 15th century East Anglian illuminated manuscripts have been saved for the nation, revealing details of medieval hunting and hawking techniques.
The Kerdeston Hawking Book, along with leaves from the Kerdeston Hunting Book, were declared national treasures and received in place of inheritance tax by the British Library through the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
“These two manuscripts are an important addition to our collection of Middle English manuscripts, which is the largest in the world,” said Dr Claire Breay, Head of Medieval and Earlier Manuscripts.
“Now that these manuscripts are in the British Library we can give scholars access to this material which includes unique and previously unstudied texts.”
Detail from the Hawking Book. © British Library
The Kerdeston Hawking Book was made in the 1430s for Sir Thomas Kerdeston of Norfolk and his wife Elizabeth. It was written by an East Anglian scribe using local dialect spellings and includes six texts on hawking, and preserves the only known copy of two of them.
It contains instructions on the care and training of hawks and falcons along with the diagnosis and treatment of their ailments. The illuminations depict scenes with hawks and were produced in a Suffolk workshop.
Only five leaves remain of the Hunting Book but they are finely illuminated and are of a fine quality book originally produced in London around 1420 which was later added to. The leaves include two previously unstudied treatises in Middle English and have two half-page miniatures, one depicting St George and the Dragon flanked by portraits of Sir Thomas and his second wife Phillipa.
The Kerdeston Hunting Book contains two previously unstudied treatises. © British Library
In addition to the Kerdeston books the British Library has also been allocated two medieval religious manuscripts under the Acceptance in Lieu scheme.
A decorated 10th century Latin liturgical sacramentary listing prayers said at mass will help the library discover more about the Christian church and its liturgy in the Middle Ages, while a 11th or 12th century Greek Gospel Lectionary (book of gospel readings) is of special importance in the study of Byzantine art and book production.
More than £25m worth of national treasures came into public ownership this year through the Acceptance in Lieu scheme, which is administered by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council on behalf of the government.