On Hildebrand Gurlitt, amasser of the now-famous Gurlitt art hoard containing Nazi-looted pieces but largely disappointing.
Ransoms and Repatriations: the Maori Motunui panels
Posted on 5 July 2014
Hidden in 1800s by Māori fleeing war, 5 carved panels were smuggled
Sacking the Necropolis: how 100 Peruvian mummy textiles ended up in Sweden
Posted on 9 June 2014
“Sweden Returns Ancient Andean Textiles to Peru“. Now that is a headline I like to see.
“Hell yes, it was smuggled”: Stolen Cambodian statue is not the first Norton Simon has returned
Posted on 24 May 2014
Collector spent $16mil over 2 years mostly on smuggled Asian antiquities.
De Sade’s stolen 12m-long manuscript returning to France
Posted on 4 April 2014
12m long manuscript penned in the Bastille, stolen in 1982, smuggled into Switzerland, and ruled a good faith purchase in 1998.
Spain to ‘restore’ silver from Odyssey Marine case to Bolivia…but why?
Posted on 13 November 2012
Many of you have been following the odyssey of Odyssey Marine for some time.
Gold monkey head finally going back to Perú
Posted on 13 December 2011
The New Mexico History Museum has just announced that is is returning a particularly dubious (and well known) artifact to Perú.
Provenience Curation? The MFA’s response and responsibility
Posted on 12 December 2011
The Boston Globe has published an article on the Museum of Fine Arts
Returns from a Swiss Collector: Anonymity Amnesty?
Posted on 11 December 2011
Continuing with the idea of the anonymous Swiss collector as an auction catalogue trope, I want to raise the question of returns.