Newsletters (October 2017 CINOA newsletter)



Dear colleagues,

When I am at a loss as to what to say in our Newsletter, there is a part of me that thinks that I should invite others to write a few words in this space. All entries will be considered.

We are, most definitely, a diverse group, what I like to refer to as "a broad but deep" organization. We also are working in an area that is distinctly privileged. Essentially, we are all collectors, focusing on aspects of history that are both celebrated or forgotten. The concept of that idea has me in awe.

I live fairly close to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, when I feel like it, I wander down to the museum and take a stroll. The English decorative arts are closed for the next year and a half, but even when they are open, I usually try to go look at something I haven't seen before. When I think that most of the objects in the museum went through dealer hands, I can't help but think that I am in the right business.

I am currently reading a book about Hans Sloane by James Delbourgo called, "Collecting the World". The cabinet of curiosities, according to the author, was an acceptable form of collecting for Protestants during the iconoclastic Cromwell era. This led to men like Sloane (1660-1753) to travel the world (Jamaica) to collect and catalogue, in essence to make it useful to British commerce. But this was still collecting, the excuse for it had only shifted to suit the political and religious dogma of the moment.

Collecting art and antiques (history) will never stop. The number of dealers may diminish, the number of collectors may diminish, but this is only a short-term trend. I would suggest that a visit to a museum will encourage all of us to consider the long term. Indeed, the museum business is booming, a sure signal that collecting will rebound. But, like the collectors of the Cromwell era, we might need to better understand how best to present ourselves. Adaptation, as another great English collector noted, is the essence to survival.

All the best,

Clinton Howell
President of CINOA

The German Cultural Property Protection Law, the Nazi-era spoliation system and Italy's art export regulations plus two court cases regarding copyright.

The German government has created an internet portal to support the country‚Äôs Cultural Property Protection Law for collectors, artists, museums and archives, as well as on national regulations in 60 further countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, China and Egypt. It also includes a database of German cultural property that is banned from sale abroad.  (English and French language versions are planned.)

Delegates from numerous countries gathered to consider the state of progress on the efforts to identify and return works of art lost during the Nazi era.

After almost two years of debate, Italy has approved a new law relaxing the country's notably stringent art export regulations. The market and competition legislation, passed by Italian parliment and effective as of 29 August, extends the window during which private owners of works by deceased artists may self-verify them for export from Italy without a licence, from 50 to 70 years after they were made.

The case invokes a core provision of the Copyright Act, which specifies that only the copyright owner (in this case, the artist/author) may elect to reproduce a work. The substitution of entirely new parts amounted to an unauthorized iteration.

In one of the world's strangest copyright cases, a photographer, whose camera was used by a monkey to take a selfie, has won a two-year legal battle against an animal rights group about copyright over the image.

Members and dealers are encouraged to submit announcements.


Police are investigating the potential theft of a high-value painting from a Windsor address, Victoria, Australia. The oil painting, titled 'Passage of the Blacks', depicts a group of Aborigines in a landscape by a river and is colonial in style. The unsigned painting is on a wooden board sized 54.6 x 69.9 cm

Francis Maere Fine Arts Gallery, of the Belgian Royal Chamer of Antiques and Art Dealers, will pay tribute to a dealer and one of the most important key figures of the srtistic scenery of N.Y, U.S.A. and Europe, by holding an event by Christiane Struyven titled "AN EVENING WITH LEO CASTELLI (1907-1999)" on October 12.


In a recent interview, the President of the European Painting Department at New York Met, Kieth Christiansen, highlighted the significant contributions of paintings t art dealers: Carlo Orsi (AAI, FIMA), Fabrizio Moretti (BADA, SLAD, SNA, AAI), Marco Voena (AAI, SNA) and Giovanni Sarti (SNA) are CINOA dealers through either The British Antiques Dealer Association (BADA), The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD), Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA), Federazione Italiana Mercanti D'Arte (FIMA) and/or Associazione Antiquari D'Italia (AAI).

An invitation to the 43rd Congress of the International League of Antiquarian booksellers in L.A. from 3-11 February. The dedicated committee of booksellers planning this special event is pulling out all the stops to introduce you to the cultural treasures and to the magic and incredible enery unique to this vibrant city. Los Angeles is a city of great food, world class museums, and wonderful weather.
An ambitious show salutes post war dealer Richard Bellamy, who fostered Jo Baer, Donlad Judd, Bruce Nauman and Claes Oldenburg, among many others. Richard Bellamy, a passionate advocate for contemporary art and a notably indifferent business man. A thought provoking show on the realities of running an art gallery today.
The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966 will be the first exhibition that examines the critical role Kootz (1989-1982) played in establishing modern American art as an international force.
The Hiscox Online Trade Report this year noted that "Instagram has emerged as the most important social media channel in the art world." Beyond starting an Instagram page, what can you do to engage and build your audience?
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