Schoffel, a dealer based in Brussels, who has been trading in tribal art for 11 years, had just completed negotiations over a cellphone with a French collector during the Friday preview of the Brafa art fair.
It was one of countless sales of artworks from sub-Saharan Africa that have been conducted in Europe since the colonial era. Belgium and France, two of the largest former colonial powers in Africa, have traditionally been the main trading hubs.
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But specialists in this long-established business have become alarmed by a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron of France and published in November. Macron announced that the Quai Branly Museum in Paris, which has 70, artifacts from sub-Saharan Africa in its collections, would send 26 objects looted by French troops in back to Benin.
This cultural shift would seem, on the surface, to affect only the world of museums. But some dealers at Brafa pointed out that an embrace of restitution policies at public institutions could discourage private collectors from buying, loaning and donating African art.
Sales from traders and auction houses would probably suffer. The British Museum which holds 73, objects from sub-Saharan Africa in its collections has been in a decade long battles over the return of the Parthenon marbles to Greece and the Benin Bronzes to Nigeria. On December 5 , the Italian Supreme Court ruled against the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and requested that it hands over an ancient Greek statue first discovered by an Italian fisherman. The French precedent could lead to endless claims and set countries against each other in their quest for legitimacy and national identity.
Until Roman times?
Because many items in Rome were robbed somewhere in Greece or in ancient Egypt. A change in government could also be a threat to private collections in Africa.
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The report does not recommend long term loans. They were inventoried and conserved. Arlima sur Facebook. Exemplaire en ligne: [IA]. In French, from two leaves on vellum, written in double columns at the beginning of the fifteenth century.
They appear to have been pasted to the cover of a book, and only the verso of the first leaf and the recto of the second are legible. Comptes rendus: Urban T. Holmes, Jr.
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