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"Green light – sell and buy: Artive is a new due diligence tool for the art and antique market"

Artive is non-profit organisation administering digital archive for works of art and cultural property. It emerged from Art Recovery Group, which was founded by Chris Marinello. As an inclusive database Artive consolidates a great number of various databases all containing claimed, looted, stolen, illicitly transferred and destroyed works of art and cultural property. Artive is set to serve professionals and the general public. It is supplied with the advanced technology of image recognition and over 500 fields of searchable data.

Artive serves the idea of integration of international art market into the unified system facilitating the transparency of art transactions. Therefore it encourages everybody to register claimed works of art, collectibles, cultural property and make a search in the database prior to any operations like acquisition, sale or transportation.

Not only objects but also archeological sites threatened by illegal excavation, forgeries and fakes can be registered in the database to avert potential risks associated with appearance of such objects on the market. The idea behind these procedures is combining forces while making international art market a safer place considering up to 95% of fake antiques selling on eBay.

Ариан Мозер (Ariane Moser)
Ariane Moser (Photo: courtesy of The Art Partners)

Artive is available to anybody with free of charge account registration. The search in the database is carried out against such parameters as image submitted, description of the work, attribution and provenance. The completion of the search process results in the detailed report.

Ariane Moser, COO, Artive, emphasizes the importance of due diligence in the art market. Everybody who deals with antiquities or art to some extent should exercise due diligence measures. This means before dealing with an object could it be buying or selling to get as much information about it as possible considering time, efforts and finances available. A metaphoric comparison given by Ariane Moser is green and red light on the pedestrian control box, “Red – wait, green – cross with care.” If you have to deal with antiquities first wait and check them. Once all possible measures are made go ahead and this would mean crossing with care. No one gives you guarantees but you are still on a safer side.

Source: Artive Official, The Art Partners

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On June 18th and from June 20th to 22nd, 2018 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will be hosting their next auction in Zurich. Among the lots to be offered for sale are some Russian icons from the XVII — XIX centuries: a large twopartite icon “Unexpected Joy” – “Synaxis of the Archangel Michael” (XIX century), “Christ Pantocrator” (1st part of the XIX century), “Archangel Michael Horseman” (XVIII century), “St. Elisha” (XVII century), “Fiery Ascent of the Prophet Elijah” (around 1600), “Christ Pantocrator” (XIX century), as well as the icon with the bright glass bead embroidered casing and the frame (XIX century).  Next...
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On June 6th, 2018 leading Russian art auction house MacDougall’s is hosting their next auction in London. The highlights: Konstantin Somov’s “Meeting in the Park” (1919), Ivan Shishkin's “Pine Forest. Yelbuga” (1897), Pavel Kuznetsov’s “Fountain” (1904), Chaïm Soutine’s portrait “La liseuse endormie, Madeleine Castaing” (c. 1937), Ivan Khrutsky's “Still Life with Fruit and Honeycomb” (1840), Alexander Deineka’s “Woman in a Yellow Dress” (1955), Georgy Nissky’s “Reclining Nude” (c. 1959) and other artwork.  Next...
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Martin Hans Borg, Russian art expert from Bruun Rasmussen Auctioneers, Bredgade 33, Copenhagen, Denmark, talks about the Russian art auction on June 8th, 2018, as well as the role of provenance in the selection of items for auctions. “We have contact with the branches of the Danish royal house, which continuously consigns Russian art treasures to our auctions. It always provides an extraordinary touch when there are royal and imperial provenances on the lots that are up for auction. This is also the case at the summer's Russian auction."  Next...
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Excercising due diligence in art transactions means using stolen art databases. Obviously, the existence of separate databases renders the work of international art businesses more difficult by imposing additional responsibilities in the verification of provenance.  Next...
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Kovalev, Alexey Anatolyevich – research associate of the Russian Academy of Science, the Institute of Archaeology, Russian Academy of Science, member of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, the vice-president of the Scientific committee on Archaeological Heritage of the National Committee ICOMOS of Russia – talks about Russian legislation on the protection of archaeological heritage. Alexey Anatolyevich was a member of the working group, which drafted Federal Law No. 245 “On the amendments in the legislative acts of the Russian Federation on combating illicit activity in archaeology”.  Next...
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The Responsible Art Market Initiative (“RAM”) formed in Geneva in 2015 offers the Guidelines on combatting Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing for the businesses transacting in the art market in Switzerland and abroad. The focus of the guidelines lies mainly on art dealers, who are at great risk of being used by criminals in schemes of money laundering and terrorist financing.  Next...
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Liu Yi is a renowned watercolour artist from Shanghai, member of the China Artists Association and International Watercolour Society. More than twenty of his watercolour works of art won prestigious awards at home and international exhibitions. Liu Yi’s watercolours are held in the collection of museums, local governments, libraries, enterprises, art galleries and international private collections. Mr. Yi is also the author of several books exploring the art of watercolour.  Next...
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Vasilisa Neshataeva, Phd, AP International law department of the Russian State University of Justice, author of the book “Cultural Property. Value and Law” (available in Russian and recommended to all interested in art business) speaks about the possibility of creating national control in the Russian art market, protection of a buyer and liabilities of a seller.  Next...
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Ariane Moser, COO, Artive, on how to secure art transactions by exercising appropriate due diligence.  Next...
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