Museums into the Fray: The Marion True trial

Editorial Staff

Prosecutions of art dealers in U.S. and foreign courts for trading in antiquities are on the rise, but only one criminal case so far involves an American museum official. Last week, for the first time since her trial for conspiracy to traffic in stolen antiquities began four years ago, former J. Paul Getty Museum curator Marion True spoke out in …

The YSL effect at TEFAF

Editorial Staff

Some of the good news from TEFAF is all about the YSL effect. Like Christie’s acclaimed sale of the collection of the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, TEFAF is a virtual cabinet of curiosities where superlative antiques, rare objects of vertu, and antiquities have been selling well. Over one hundred dealers specializing in this …

The Rabbit and the Rat: Who owns Chinese Antiquities? An interview with Kate Fitz Gibbon

Editorial Staff

Among the notable objects at the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé sale were a pair of bronze heads, a rabbit and a rat, that were two of twelve zodiacal forms that originally decorated an elaborate clepsydra, or water clock, in the Yuanming Yuan garden of the Old Summer Palace under Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795). In 1860, during the Second Opium …