Tuesday, 22 June 2021

Who Vets the Dealers?

 Incunabula @incunabula 6h

I've defended dealers in the past when they were unjustly attacked, but Pax Romana's new auction is disgraceful - multiple lots of unprovenanced papyri and comically poor descriptions - this "Egyptian codex with Coptic text" is an Ethiopian Ge'ez psalter.

I am not sure what "unjustly attacked" would mean in the case of antiquities dealers, but Pax Romana is one I've had my eye on some time...
This auction is on the invaluable.com aggregator ("The world's leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles"). The terms and conditions are noteworthy: 
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So, basically Wild West. Very Caveat emptor.

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