RE: [Ancientartifacts] Re: The Unidroit Convention (Rome) 1995

Hi Sue,

thanks for the information,

---- "Sue McGovern wrote:
> Apologies that everyone hardly ever hears from me, I do monitor the emails
> and everyone else does such an excellent job of responding there is seldom
> anything for me to add. However, I can add some information to this and
> suggest a good place to start is the Art Loss Register ( -
> they are based both in London and New York if you think you might have an
> issue and they will also assist with International law should you need
> advice.

It's more just that I am trying to understand where things stand re. the antiquities market.

> Plus, they will handle the return of antiquities should you
> believe you have an illicit object. Many of the antiquity dealers these
> days will do a search on important pieces to ensure they have not been
> reported as illegally obtained before offering them for sale.

> If you really need to get down and dirty, the US has also setup the Cultural
> Property Investigations Department as part of Dept of Home Land Security,
> Immigration and Customs Enforcement that specifically deals with
> antiquities. For the past few years it has been run by one main agent but
> he tells me he is now in the process of training 52 new people!! They
> believe there is a substantial amount of unmonitored illegal trafficking
> into the US and are setting up to deal with this in a big way soon. The Art
> Loss Register will be able to assist you there too. Rule no 1: Check
> provenance. Rule #2: search the Art Loss Register. Rule #3: Enjoy.

Hmmm. I'm sure a few people here will find this information interesting.

Thanks again, Trevor.


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