I notice that The Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne will be hosting an exhibition later this month: "Treasures: antiquities from Melbourne private collections" [press release]. The exhibition places private collecting in the context of the European Grand Tour and we are told, "The subsequent dissolution of these European collections created the majority of the objects circulating in the antiquities market today". The statement continues, "Melbourne is fortunate to have a number of important private collections of Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern objects".
Andrew Jamieson, the curator in charge of the exhibition, has revealed in an interview that some 10 private collectors are represented (Melbourne Yarra Leader, October 3, 2011).
The University of Melbourne has received loans of Attic and South Italian pottery on previous occasions.
We look forward to seeing the complete list of the exhibits along with their collecting histories.