Antiquities

Major art trade groups join forces to stop looted Afghan artefacts reaching Western market

International trade groups including top British antique dealers vow to oppose trade of Afghan heritage artefacts under Taliban control

It all started with a Roman bowl bought for 75p: antiquities dealership Charles Ede celebrates 50 years in business

The London gallery, now run by Martin Clist and Charis Tyndall, is marking five decades with an exhibition of Greek black glaze pottery opening this week

How do you spot a looted antique? Germany brings in team of experts to help

Government has established €600,000 three-year pilot project called NEXUD to combat illegal trade in antiquities

Safani Gallery's lawsuit against Italy over disputed antiquity dismissed in court

The New York-based gallery sued after US authorities seized a bust of Alexander the Great in 2018. The sculpture's ownership and future remains unresolved

New York investigators hand over 27 smuggled art objects valued at $3.8m to Cambodia

Charges are pending against two New York-based antiquities dealers linked to the objects

US hands over two stolen ancient lintels to Thailand after retrieving them from the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Dating from the ninth and tenth centuries, the objects are thought to have been looted from sacred sites in the late 1960s

US returns over 500 smuggled pre-Hispanic-era artefacts to Mexican officials

Tools and other objects were discovered in a national park in southwest Texas, triggering an inquiry

Mosul Cultural Museum rises from the ravages of Isis

Painstaking reconstruction by multi-agency task force is salvaging what artefacts remain after Islamic State occupation

Looted in the 1980s, a sacred stele at the Dallas Museum of Art is headed back to Nepal

After FBI investigation, sculptural antiquity lent by a collector is determined to have a disturbing provenance

Hobby Lobby claims Israeli collector Joseph David Hackmey consigned allegedly looted Gilgamesh tablet to Christie's

The arts and crafts chain has amended its complaint regarding the ancient tablet, which it bought for at auction for $1.67m in 2014. It was seized by US authorities in 2019

Accord between US and Turkey to counter illicit trade in artefacts divides historians and preservationists

Critics say Turkish government polices give short shrift to religious minorities’ cultural heritage

From mummies to mosques—new Google Arts & Culture initiative brings Egypt’s archaeological treasures to the masses

New online platform aims to turn traditionally scholarly subject into something "easily digestible and fun to explore"

The devil is in the paperwork—don't be caught out by provenance fraud

The rise of the online art market means due diligence on purchasing art is becoming increasingly complex

Two Manhattan antiquities dealers arrested on charges of fraud

Authorities have accused Erdal Dere and Faisal Khan of running an alleged scheme to swindle buyers by using fake provenances

Forrest Fenn, known for burying $2m worth of treasure in the Rocky Mountains, dies at 90

The controversial yet colourful Santa Fe-based art and antiquities dealer announced that his treasure had been found shortly before his death

French dealer sues over Egyptian stele seized on way to Tefaf New York

Legal case brought against antiquities expert who also sold an allegedly looted golden sarcophagus to the Metropolitan Museum last year, while an arrest is made in Germany

Booksreview

Image and impotency: book reveals the palaces and pictures of some particularly hapless Habsburgs

The Mexican Emperor Maximilian, Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz Ferdinand all came to sad ends, but amassed vast estates and works of art

Douglas Latchford's death reignites unresolved controversy over alleged smuggling of Cambodian antiquities

News of the death of dealer and expert in South East Asian art raises strong reactions and unanswered questions

'Adventurer scholar' Douglas Latchford dies in Bangkok, aged 89

Expert in Khmer and Indian antiquities was a dealer in Cambodian art in the 1970s and last year was accused of smuggling and creating false provenances for antiquities

California man is charged with illegally importing an ancient mosaic, possibly from Syria

Indictment says the paperwork misrepresented the work’s quality and value

Extent of trade in looted antiquities is exaggerated, report claims

New research conducted by US non-profit RAND suggests illicit market is less extensive and organised than is commonly believed

Booksreview

Roman holiday, 40BC: an in-depth view of the Villa dei Papiri, the inspiration for the Getty Villa

The institution has released an up-to-date account of discoveries from the seaside getaway near Herculaneum, where Roman politicians took restorative breaks—before it was buried by Vesuvius

Former Louvre curator among five arrested in Paris in antiquities trafficking investigation

Case involves "hundreds of objects worth millions" looted from the Near and Middle East

Facebook and Instagram ban trading of historical artefacts

Heritage group Athar were part of a campaign highlighting the social media giants' “black market in antiquities”

Sotheby’s cannot sue Greece over bronze horse, US court rules

The country's government had questioned the provenance of the artefact, forcing it to be pulled from a 2018 sale

Two trunkloads of fake Iraqi antiquities seized by UK customs

The international market is now “absolutely awash” with forgeries, says British Museum curator who examined the hoard

A mix of old and new brings fresh collectors to Tefaf New York Fall though sales remain slow

Attempting to capitalise on the crossover collecting trend, the fourth edition of the Dutch fair brings in Modern and contemporary art to complement its historical focus

US House of Representatives passes an anti-money laundering bill that could affect art and antiquities dealers

Introduced in March, the Counter Act is the latest legislation that faces dealers with financial regulatory burden

Looted coffin acquired by Metropolitan Museum is headed back to Egypt

US and Egyptian officials presided over handover at a repatriation ceremony in New York

This ancient book tells you all about the people you hate

This amusingly illustrated edition of Theophrastus’s Characters is as fresh today as it was centuries ago

US authorities file criminal charges against antiquities dealer Subhash Kapoor and seven others

The government’s complaint outlines a massive alleged smuggling ring involving other dealers, art restorers and associates who helped create false provenances for looted objects

Protestors gather outside Christie's as ancient head of Tutankhamen sells for £4.7m

Egyptian authorities had tried to stop the sale claiming that the 3,000 year old quartzite sculpture should be repatriated

Anna Brady. with additional reporting by Kabir Jhala

Playing hardball with soft power on restitution claims

Western museums are feeling the pressure over restitution claims from China, Turkey and Cambodia

Collectorsarchive

Connoisseur collectors: A story of ten approaches to acquiring art

From Liechtenstein to Lisbon, these collectors discuss their interests and methods

Met faces claims for Hittite artefacts

Provenance of late trustee’s gifts investigated as Turkey takes tougher line on restitution

Booksarchive

New definitive catalogue published on the V&A’s magnificent ivories

The summation of a lifetime’s work and a triumph of scholarship

Marion True defence continues

“Stolen” antiquities put under microscope in Getty trial

Booksarchive

Immortality, Roman style : Hadrian celebrated at the British Museum

Hadrian was a politically savvy, calculating, vicious, lion-hunting, married, gay general in the best tradition

Newsarchive

Arrest warrant for Phoenix Ancient Art director

In 2004, Egypt sentenced Mr Aboutaam in absentia to 15 years’ imprisonment

Provenancearchive

US museum directors debate antiquities provenance dilemma

Should museums acquire objects without provenance, which may have been looted? Yes, say several panelists

China and Italy team up to fight illicit trade

The joint effort will use satellite technology to help protect archaeological sites

UK museums face controversial Ethiopian legacy: The Maqdala materials at the British Museum, the V&A, and the British Library

The Art Newspaper reveals that sacred Maqdala tablets are hidden away in a sealed store of the British Museum

Booksarchive

Spring books: US. Decorative arts to the fore

Photography, Asian art, the art of antiquity, Old Masters, and historiography are also among the topics covered

Elgin Marbles: a reply by Anthony Snodgrass

The British Committee for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles, Cambridge

Art marketarchive

The market for antiquities, unfazed by protesters, is growing

As last month’s antiquities sales boomed, The Art Newspaper surveyed leading dealers and specialists in New York

Art marketarchive

Chinese privatise their auction scene

Rapid advances as new companies model their catalogues and conditions of sale on Western models

Despite a slow start, enthusiasm for the Antique is evident at the TEFAF Basel

The TEFAF Basel saw only 12,500 visitors, but some good sales nonetheless. Could the organisers have promoted it more?

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