Rare intact Syrian Tell Minis Lustre Pottery Bowl decorated in overglaze lustre, 11th – 12th Century, 16.4cm diameter, inscribed ‘baraka’ in the centre  

Chris Marinello, acting on behalf of Underwriters, negotiated a partial return of proceeds after this item was reported to have been destroyed in a plane crash.  The insurers paid out on the loss in 2007 only to discover it being offered for sale at Sotheby’s.

A lawsuit was filed against the consignor who alleged that he acquired the bowl from the insured!  Clearly, someone made an error and the matter was resolved quietly in 2011.