|Athenian cup attributed to the Hegesiboulos painter|
Left: Gorny & Mosch. Right: Medici Dossier (courtesy C. Tsirogiannis)
The cup first surfaced at Sotheby's in London on 13-14 December 1982, lot 248 (BAPD 7047). Two items also from this sale, an Attic red-figured amphora attributed to the Berlin painter and a Lucanian nestoris, have already been returned to Italy from two separate North American museum collections (see here). The catalogue entry notes that the cup is being sold with a copy of the Sotheby's catalogue entry.
The cup then passed into the 'P.C.' collection in southern Germany (a detail apparently unknown to the Beazley Archive).
The same auction-house has been trying to sell other material identified from the range of photographic archives (also identified by Tsirogiannis): a Gnathian askos, an Etruscan bronze athlete, an Apulian situla and an Apulian krater.
The auction-house was also named in the investigation known as Operation Ghelas.
These five examples suggest that Gorny & Mosch need to improve the rigour of their due diligence search prior to sales.
Gorny & Mosch will, we are sure, be wanting to be seen to co-operate with the Italian authorities.