Leading Antiquities Dealer Urges Other Dealers to Follow Suit
"We returned these ancient artifacts in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration with the international art world, and to demonstrate Phoenix's commitment to the preservation and repatriation of national treasures to their host countries," said
According to Italian officials, the antiquities returned may have been illegally acquired and exported (unbeknownst to
"To ensure the provenance of our items, we spend much of our time verifying an art work's pedigree. In our due diligence process we ask each seller of artwork for proof of identity, as well as for documents pertaining to how long the piece has been in circulation," said C. Michael Hedqvist, managing director of Phoenix Ancient Art's gallery in Geneva.
Mr. Hedqvist indicated that, "The returned items were acquired by
Phoenix Ancient Art (www.phoenixancientart.com) the world's leading dealers in rare and exquisite antiquities from cultures that make up the essence of Western Civilization. Its works of art have been purchased by world-class museums around the world, as well as by private individuals. Formally incorporated in 1995, Phoenix Ancient Art is a second-generation family business that was founded by
The Phoenix Ancient Art gallery is located at 47 East 66th St.,
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