Robert Musser was living at Marcia Fouquet's Fairfax County home in the early 1980s when, he said, he noticed a tiny painting with an ornate gold frame. It had a small plaque bearing a name he still remembers 30 years later: Renoir.
He asked Fouquet where she'd gotten the painting. "She said it came from a museum in Baltimore," recalled Musser, 61, a mechanical contractor who dated Fouquet at the time and now lives in North Carolina. "She said it was a real Renoir, that she owned a Renoir. . . . She never told me how she acquired it."