Friday, 24 September 2010

Laconian krater returns to Sicily

The Italian Ministry of Culture has announced that a Laconian krater seized during Operation Andromeda has been returned to Sicily and placed on display in Gela (press release, September 24, 2010). It appears that the krater, attributed to the Hunt painter, was recognised from the press show in the Colosseum earlier this summer. The krater had apparently been in a private collection in Gela, and had then passed through the hands of Giacomo Medici and Robin Symes; at some point it is reported to have been sold at Sotheby's in London.

The krater is said to have been recovered from the basement of a Swiss accountant who is linked to the Japanese dealer Noryioshi Horiuchi.

Pots attributed to the Hunt painter include a piece identified in Madrid, formerly in the Várez Fisa collection, and a cup returned to Italy from New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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