STOLEN ALERT IN BRUSSELS

Gallery Drees in Brussels has reported the theft of this collection of Egyptian gold pieces from the gallery between December and January.

Please report any sightings or other relevant information to the police.

Theft of Viking Treasure Devastates Norwegian Museum

The Committee For Cultural Policy has highlighted the devastating theft of Viking material from the University Museum of Bergen. The burglary took place on the weekend of August 11-13 when the thieves climbed scaffolding to a seventh-floor window, broke in and stole 400 artefacts that were in temporary storage.

Full details available from the Committee For Cultural Policy website.

 

Further theft alert

This Egyptian stele, pictured right has been stolen from the Musée de Marseille. It is 24cm x 17.5cm x 7cm. Please contact the police if you see it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

European Commission to legislate over terrorist antiquities despite lack of evidence

The European Commission’s 199-page Deloitte report into tackling cultural property trafficking now confirms that there is no evidence at all that terrorism-related cultural goods are entering the EU, or that an illicit market in cultural property run by organised crime exists.

Despite this, the European Commission plans to press ahead with more restrictive import/export legislation from January 2019 to tackle a problem it has identified does not exist, even though the Deloitte report acknowledges this will damage the international art market.

Read Ivan Macquisten’s latest blog summarising the issues at hand.

How the European Commission is riding roughshod over the antiquities trade

The European Commission has announced that it will press ahead with controversial proposals for restricting the import of cultural property to members states. The news comes on the back of a survey of stakeholders across the European Union, including the art and antiques trade, to gauge the impact of such changes. As Ivan Macquisten’s latest blog explains, submissions by the ADA, IADAA and others appears to have been ignored in favour of poorly researched and inaccurate evidence.

The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art, supported by CINOA and the ADA, has written to the Regulatory Scrutiny Board (RSB) that assessed the impact assessment for this exercise and found it seriously wanting yet ultimately passed the measures. The letter asks the RSB to reconsider its position and re-evaluate the evidence in order to avoid a damaging outcome.

Operation Pandora fails to uncover conflict zone artefacts

A detailed investigation by the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) into the findings of Operation Pandora has revealed some interesting results. Pre-eminent among these is that the authorities did not find a single artefact from a conflict zone – the primary purpose of this exercise – among the 3500-plus pieces seized across the 18 European countries taking part.

For the full report, go this link: Operation Pandora IADAA

Iraq Embassy list of items looted by ISIS from Mosul Museum

The Iraq Embassy in London has supplied the British Museum with a comprehensive list of items missing from the Mosul Museum as a result of looting by ISIS.

The Embassy has asked that the artefacts described be included on the Emergency Red List.

The ADA asks its members to study the list, attached here, and be alert to any of the items turning up on the UK market.

Mosul Museum – missing artefacts