Monday, 15 March 2010

Membership of the IADAA

In 2007 Christopher Chippindale and I published a study of the antiquities returned from the J. Paul Getty Museum to Italy. We observed that among the dealers and galleries that supplied the material were two members of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA). One of the two was the Galerie Nefer that we noted had "recently resigned from the organization" (sc. IADAA). Galerie Nefer, Zurich, was owned by Frida Tchacos; her husband, Werner Nussberger, had donated fragments of pots that were returned to Italy (see comments).

Now another gallery appears to have "resigned" from the IADAA. Why? What is the stated reason?

Further details
Gill, D. W. J., and C. Chippindale. 2007. "From Malibu to Rome: further developments on the return of antiquities." International Journal of Cultural Property 14: 205-40. [Abstract and link]

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LM_Rickard said...

Having been in the front row for your 'Looting Egypt' talk at Swansea, and going by other galleries reasons for suddenly leaving the IADAA, I think it would probably be safer for your blood pressure if you never found out...
I do, however, think that galleries should be forced to explain their reasons for leaving such an important association. As you pointed out in your lecture, underhand dealings can have far-reaching consequences, and historians, archaeologists, lowly students, museums and other dealers have a right to know.

David Gill said...

Thank you for this comment. I would very much like to know the answer to the question.

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