One of the more prominent dealers to feature among the returns was Robin Symes. Pieces that are said to have passed through his hands are:
- at least four of the original items returned to Italy by the Getty (one formerly in the Fleischman collection);
- material from the Maurice Tempelsman collection returned from the Getty;
- three pieces in the additional list returned to Italy from the Getty (the acrolithic Aphrodite; two items formerly in the Fleischman collection);
- the marble kore that that was returned to Greece from the Getty;
- the ex-Tempelsman pieces apparently from Sicily in the University of Virginia Art Museum in Charlottesville.
- at least two of the pieces returned to Italy by Shelby White (though one of them had previously been in the collection of the Hunt brothers)
So museums, private collectors and dealers need to check that they are not holding items (or stock) that had passed through Symes' hands. They should also remember that one piece was recorded with the euphemism as coming from "a private collection in Great Britain". Or perhaps it would be recorded as the "R.S. European collection".
It is a reminder that museums need to do more to present full recorded histories for individual pieces (which is why I welcome the new policy of the American Association of Museums).