|Source: Manhattan DA|
Friday, 7 October 2022
From Geneva to the Steinhardt Collection
Such loans to these two museums were used as a response to seizures in 2018 from another dealer. It is almost as if the loans created an acceptable collecting history. This raid seems to relate to another group of material.
The Geneva museum has associations with other loans such as the Ka-Nefer-Nefer mummy mask (though the museum does not have a record of the loan). And the Getty accepted loans of fragments from some of these same individuals, as well as complete pots such as the Steinhardt hydria.
It should be noted that the same Geneva museum appears to be linked to the Apulian grave group acquired by Berlin.
What part did Geneva play in handling recently surfaced antiquities and providing them with a history? What other objects passed this way? The papers relating to the Steinhardt seizure expand on this aspect.
And how many of these objects were then placed on loan with the J. Paul Getty Museum?
Note: Identifications from the Medici Dossier and the Becchina Archive were made by Christos Tsirogiannis.
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