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March 02, 1987| Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press

A work by John Haberle, a 19th-Century artist best known for his trompe l'oeil paintings, was found Thursday in a Connecticut cellar after being missing for nearly 90 years. Painted in 1898, "A Japanese Corner" was one of the last and greatest by the artist and could be worth upward of $1 million, said Gertrude Grace Sill, the leading authority on the artist and a professor at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn. A painted letter with the warning "Do Not Touch" looks as if it were glued to the painting. "You look at it under a microscope and you can read every minute word," she said.

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