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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 28th, 2019, the summer sale at Schuler Auktionen became an international news sensation. A 1000-fold excess of the estimate occurred at the Swiss auction house when the painting in the manner of Botticelli, initially valued at CHF 5,000-7,000, sold for CHF 6,400,000 (excluding the buyer’s premium). “There were 13 phone bidders. The attendees in the hall were stunned and couldn’t trust their ears. The atmosphere was very calm and focused as the bidding went on”, says Michael Abegg, General Manager, Schuler Auktionen.  Next...
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Exceptional designer objects, pieces of contemporary art, luxury bags and watches will be featured at the Piguet auction during the period from 24 to 26 September 2019 in Geneva. The highlights include original tapestries by a renowned Polish sculptor Magdalena Abakanowicz (1930-2017) and Italian painter Alighiero Boetti (1940-1994), two works of art by a distinguished Polish artist and theatre director Tadeusz Kantor, a follower of Art Informel Bram van Velde (1895-1981), Italian collagist Mario Schifano (1934-1998), as well as sophisticated designer objects – an iconic The Marie Coquine standing lamp by Philippe Starck and Baccarat and a sculptural floor lamp Escargot by Le Corbusier.  Next...
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On the 24th of September 2019 the Genevan auction house Piguet will host first in Switzerland Paleontology auction and will put up 62 unique lots – fossils of dinosaurs, ancient fish and prehistoric invertebrates from the past geological eras. The top lot at the auction is an exceptional authentic dinosaur skeleton Thescelosaurus Neglectus “Maximus”, discovered in South Dakota in 2018, and distinguished by its excellent conservation. Among the highlights is a fossilized shark Orthacanthus Senckenbergianus, Allosaurus fragilis mandible, a Horridus Triceratops Horn, a complete front leg of Camarasaurus Grandis, An entelodont skull, knows as “hell’s pig”, a marine reptile skull Stenopterygius Quadriscissus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex tooth.  Next...
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During the period from 16 to 20 September 2019 Schuler Auktionen in Zurich will offer XV – XIX centuries works of European artists. The upcoming auction features rare works of Dutch painters. Among the top lots are Willem van Mieris’ (1662–1747) “Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem” (ca. 1696), Gaspar Peeter Verbruggen the Yonger's (1664–1730) “Flower bouquet in a marble vase with a sculpture of putto”, “Self-portrait” of Anton Raphael Mengs (1728–1779) executed by the studio of the artist, “Temptation of St. Anthony”, attributed to Joos de Momper the Younger (1564–1635) and David Teniers the Younger (1610–1690), a typical Thomas Heeremans' (1641–1694) “Winter landscape with the river and town”, a monumental painting by Nicolas Henry de Gray “Luna and Aurora” (1886), Lambert de Hondt the Elder's (1620–1665) “Horse troops enter the village” and works of other renown artists.  Next...
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During the period from 16 to 20 September 2019 Swiss auction house Schuler Auktionen will put up XVIII-XIX centuries Russian icons, Faberge pieces and decorative art inspired by the legendary Russian jewellery master. Among the lots to be offered are icon pendants by Faberge - "Our Lady of Kazan" and “Christ Pantocrator”, icons of “St. Nicholas (XIX century), “Zosimas and Savvatiy of Solovki” (XIX century),  “Our Lady of Vladimir” (ca. 1800), “A Synaxis of Saint Hierarchs” (ca. 1800), “Saints and Hierarchs” (ca. 1800), “Our Lady of Vladimir” with basma casing (XVIII century), “The Great Feasts and The Passion of the Christ” (XIX century), “Mark the Evangelist” (XIX century), “The Dormition of the Mother of God” (ca. 1800). The auction will feature decorative art after Faberge – a theatre binocular, a table clock and a bouquet of lilies Easter egg clock, created after the original model by Faberge (master Mikhail Perchin, 1899), which was gifted by the Emperor Nicholas II to his wife Alexandra Fyodorovna, and currently held in the Kremlin Armoury.  Next...
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The beginning of autumn starts for the Piguet with an auction in the sophisticated atmosphere of the house in Lutry nearby Lausanne. Totally 576 lots – during only one day the furnishings of the hall, lounge, cabinet, dining room, gallery, library, billiard room, swimming pool and garden will be offered for sale. Among the highlights are works by Swiss artists – François Bocion’s (1828-1890) "A bather and fishermen in Rivaz" and Alfred Chavannes’ (1836-1894) landscape “By the lake”, Louis XVI of France consoles, fall front desk, marble and bronze table clocks and candlesticks, a rare gilt bronze and rock crystal chandelier lighting in French Regence style (end of XIX century), a sentimental watercolour by Scottish artist William Russell Flint (1880-1969), a matched pair of Chinese and Japanese vases, a matched pair of Moggallana in prayer bonze figures and contemporary art bronze piece by Popliteo.  Next...
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Paintings of the XV-XIXth centuries European artists will be among the top lots at Schuler Auktionen summer sale 24-28 June 2019. The work of the prominent animalist painter Alfred de Dreux (1810-1860), a vivid still life of Giacomo Fardella di Calvello (1624-1706), a high-skilled realistic portrait of Jan Anthonisz van Ravesteyn (1572-1657), Alpine landscape of Franz Richard Unterberger (1838-1902), two works of Carl Spitzweg (1808-1885) with convincing provenance and the paintings of other artists will be featured at the upcoming auction.  Next...
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During the period 24-28 June 2019 Schuler Auktionen will be auctioning Russian icons XVII – XIX centuries as part of their traditional summer sale. Among the lots to be auctioned are XVII century “Annunciation”, XVIII century “St. Georges”, XIX century “Our Lady of Kazan” with pearl basma oklad, XIX century “St. Nicholas”, XVIII century “Harrowing of Hell”, a large icon “The Great Feasts” c. 1800, “Hodegetria” c. 1800, XIX century tryptich “The founder of a temple” and XIX century “Christ Pantocrator”.  Next...
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On June 5th, 2019 leading Russian art auction house MacDougall’s is hosting their next auction in London and offering rare masterpieces of Russian artists. The highlights include Boris Kustodiev’s (1878–1927) “Bakhchisarai” featuring rare for the artist Oriental subject, “Young Dreams (Tsesarevich)” created by the master of Russian history and folklore art Victor Vasnetsov (1848–1926), “Portrait of Alexander Bozheryanov” by the prominent Russian graphic artist Yury Annenkov (1889–1974), “Portrait of Count Nikita Ivanovich Panin” by Fedor Rokotov (c. 1735-1808), “Santi Apostoli, Venezia” by Petr Konchalovsky (1876–1956), “Landscape with Skiers” by Konstantin Yuon (1875–1958). Furthermore, the Imperial Porcelain Factory dessert plates from the Dowry Service of Grand Duchess Alexandra Nikolaevna (1825–1844) will be offered at the upcoming sale.  Next...
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