Re: [Ancientartifacts] Guide to Responsible Collecting - Working on Point (8)

Hi there,

The other point I'd like to make Tarquin, is whether the Guidelines only refer to ancient artefacts or antiques as well. If it is only the former then the title should change eg. Guidelines for Responsible Antiquity Collecting".

---- tarquin <> wrote:
> This is what we've got so far. What do you think about (a) the main wording:
> (8) Dispose of items responsibly

Dispose? Deaccession? Sell? Offloading? Trashing? Reselling? What about "Resell items responsibly".

If a collector no longer keeps an object, normally they would resell it, no? Or give it to someone as a gift?

> Do your best to ensure that none of the above guidelines are infringed
> by the way you dispose of your objects.
> Pass on all documentation with each item.
> Give an honest description of any repairs or restoration.

Considering what's been going on with that Cypriot Jug, one of the other points will need to make it clear to the buyer/collector just what can be legitimately done to an object prior to asking for a refund.

> If you unknowingly acquire a fake, the best practice would be to return
> it to the vendor.

And ask for a refund?

> If you are unable to return it, dispose of it with consideration
> so that it can not be used to deceive again.

Hmmm. Look what happened to the Cycladic Idols! "Acquired" an ancient provenance, it only took 40plus years! Here lies a problem: an object may not be "ancient" but it may still be "art". The only thing I can think of is to place the word "Copy" or "Copy for Teaching Purposes"on the piece somewhere (unobtrusively) using the same technique (Museums use) to place Inventory Numbers.

> Promote responsible custodianship to the new owner.
> and (b) the FAQs:
> possible FAQ: What if you can't return it?
> If you believe it was sold to you with the deliberate intention to deceive, report the
> incident to the police.
> possible FAQ: How can a fake be marked? . . . some sort of permanent marking . . > . UV pen?

My suggestion above maybe? I realise that someone could remove this wording and then attempt to resell as an ancient artefact. Can't do much about that. If the item wasn't expensive and/or you can't get your money back, has very little artistic merit and no teaching function, I'd bin it.



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