Vigoroux vs. Demotte

Jean Vigoroux, former New York agent for Georges Joseph Demotte, the French antiquarian, is on trial in Paris, accused of breach of confidence by his former employer. The hearings have apparently degenerated into a character duel between the pot and kettle. M. Demotte's specific charges are that M. Vigoroux embezzled $7,000, about half of the receipts from certain art works sold to American collectors and museums, and made away with Persian manuscripts valued at 1,000,000 francs. M. Vigoroux's testimony turns on the following allegations:


Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!