Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Have you seen this krater?

I understand that DVDs have been dropping through the letterboxes of major dealers of antiquities in the last few days. They contain images of objects originally seized in Zurich in 2001; they were later released by a judge. In another legal ruling the Carabinieri have been granted permission to reseize the objects - but key pieces have been dispersed.

The Carabinieri are now distributing images of the 350 or so items that have been passed on by the dealer concerned. You really should view the DVD if you have bought any antiquities in the last few years without a recorded collecting history, especially if it came from "an old Swiss collection".

And if you recognise this krater please do let the Carabinieri know ... or leave a comment.

All this is a reminder of how the Italian authorities are tackling the problem of looting.

Image
From Carabinieri, 66272-3[57] 
© Carabinieri



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3 comments:

Cultural Property Observer said...

David- Could the release of this material be a response to Bill Pearlstein's complaints during the interim review of the Italian MOU that the Carabinieri and US Customs were playing "gotcha" with American auction houses and collectors? See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2009/11/gotcha-italian-style.html

Sincerely,

Peter Tompa

David Gill said...

Peter
Auction-houses could be advised to stop selling antiquities that do not have documentation to show that they surfaced prior to 1970.
Best wishes
David

Tarquin said...

Do you know whether the images are available anywhere online?

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