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The key role of the Italian antiquarian market in the inception of American Classical art collections during the late-nineteenth century
Francesca de Tomasi

firmly believe that, as far as the Italian antiquarian markets (the roman [sic] especially) are concerned, there are only two mines open for foreign Museums – namely – terracottas and busts. Statues, bronzes, inscriptions, mosaic works are out of question. Government and municipalities are extremely jealous of anything which may be suspected, right or wrong, to be of local interest: and strict orders have been given to the officers of the export bureau (Rosa, Tadolini and De Sanctis) to stop the migration abroad of first rate works and objects of local interest. The

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