The sale of a 8.5 by 5.8 centimeter Qing dynasty (late 18th- early 19th century) gold box for £490,000 ($764,694.00) at London auction house Woolley and Wallis has provoked an international debate. The gold box, embellished with seed pearls, enamel glass panels, and floral motifs, inscribed in 1860 “Loot from Summer Palace, Perkin, October 1860, Captain James Gunter, King’s Dragoon … Read More
2011 was a great year for SAFECORNER! We published many thought-provoking posts, welcomed new writers to the blog, and sparked some fascinating discussion. We’d like to thank all of our readers, especially those of you who took the time to comment and to share the blog with others. 2012 promises to be just as exciting. But before we get too … Read More
Various antiquities from Princeton University Art Museum, a healthcare company, a New York gallery, and a New York private collector linked to the Metropolitan Museum of Art have been returned to Italy. It is hoped that a more detailed list will appear shortly. The museum and gallery have already returned items to Italy.
Now that the case against the 92-year old antiquities dealer Robert Hecht Jr. ended on the grounds that the statute of limitations has expired (Marion True’s case was similarly dismissed), will “the book about the antiquities underworld” that Hecht authored (see Peter Watson and Cecilia Todeschini, The Medici Conspiracy, pp. 160-179 which include excerpts from the manuscript) finally see the … Read More
This link points you to a description of a new “reality” TV show slated to descend on St. Augustine, Florida, and 13 other American cities and towns this year. The gist? Let’s dig up private and public property to unsystematically hunt for “treasure” that can “tell a story of the past.” Cause that’s exactly what archaeology is all about, right?! … Read More
With 2012 now upon us, SAFE looks forward to the coming year with anticipation, and offers a few predictions. As discussion and publicity surrounding the repatriation of antiquities continues and public awareness and media focus on the actions of source countries (Italy, Greece, Peru, Turkey, Egypt, Bulgaria, etc.) increase, the return of cultural patrimony will accelerate during 2012 and the … Read More