Four major choral works by George Frideric Handel have been found in a toy cupboard in Manchester, England, Sotheby's auction house said yesterday.
The manuscripts, written in 1707, were discovered by Vivienne Plummer about 30 years after her husband put them in the cupboard as a child, a Sotheby's spokeswoman said. Now recognized as original parts of the Anglo-German composer's "Carmelite Music," they were originally commissioned by an eminent Roman family, changed hands several times and ended up with the Plummers.
"It's rather extraordinary that they should turn up in the 300th anniversary year of Handel's birth after lying there for so many years with nobody realizing their value," the spokeswoman said. Sotheby's expects the manuscripts to fetch up to $140,000 at an auction Friday. Miro''s 'Seated Woman' Recovered
A stolen painting by Abstractionist Joan Miro' -- estimated to be worth $500,000 -- was recovered Thursday at New York's Peter Findlay Gallery when the woman who evidently stole the artwork brought it in to have it appraised, police said yesterday. Bridget Hickey, 56, of New York, was charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a felony that carries a prison sentence of up to seven years.
The painting, "Seated Woman," was reported stolen Nov. 7 from the home of James Sweeney, 85, a former director of the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art and later the director of the Guggenheim Museum. 'When You Wish Upon a Star . . .'
The Mouses, Mickey and Minnie, plus Goofy, Donald Duck, the Three Little Pigs and other Disney mainstays joined about 800 admirers last night at the National Building Museum for "Cinderella's Ball," a benefit fundraiser for the Hospital for Sick Children. Most of the ball-goers were children -- a $150 ticket admitted one child and one adult -- and they savored an evening of trumpet fanfares, stage shows and special guest-character appearances, as well as miniature hot dogs, hamburgers and pizzas.
The grown-ups, too, seemed to be in the spirit. Said Rep. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), "Disney World is in my district. Whenever my main constituent is in town I have to make it." Sponsors of the event were Disney World and The Washington Post. End Notes
The 41st annual Capital Press Club Awards dinner was held last night at the J.W. Marriott. Mercedes Ellington was the emcee of the event, and Bill Cosby received the Pioneer Award, which was accepted by his mother Anna. Other recipients included Bryant Gumbel, Dwight Ellis and Ethel Payne . . .
Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Dole and cartoon character Fred Flintstone may seem an unlikely couple, but they will join forces to encourage the use of safety belts. Dole will ride with Flintstone and his daughter Pebbles in a replica of the Flintmobile on the Mall Monday morning to promote "Fred Flintstone's All American Buckle Up" year-long safety campaign. James Creel, president of the American Automobile Association, and Joseph Barbera, president of Hanna-Barbera Productions, also will be there . . .
More than 50 authors were expected to sign autographs at the eighth annual National Press Club Book and Authors Night yesterday at the National Press Club. The fair featured books about Washington-oriented subjects or by area authors. Authors Tom Clancy, who wrote the spy thriller "The Hunt for Red October," etiquette expert Judith Martin and Sondra Gotlieb, author of "Wife Of . . .," were expected to attend . . .
Two small ceremonies were held in Dallas yesterday to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The Downtown Dallas Democrats held an afternoon ceremony in front of the former Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvey Oswald fired the shots that killed Kennedy. Later in the day, two chapters of Green Berets placed a wreath on the Kennedy Memorial . . .
The Los Angeles County grand jury has rejected a request for another investigation into the death of Marilyn Monroe. The panel's criminal justice committee had reviewed the question for several weeks before reaching its conclusion . . .
Germaine Swanson, proprietor of Germaine's in Georgetown, rushed over to her restaurant Thursday to cook for chef Julia Child, who stopped by for lunch with her husband and a couple of friends. Swanson served them such specialties as glazed chicken Germaine's sauce, shrimp szechwan style, fresh asparagus in ginger sauce and scallop salad.