5 thoughts on “The Lost Chalice

  1. Well, this started off pretty good, with a bunch of Italian tomb robbers digging in the middle of the night to find an Etruscan tomb. And a large kylix is found and passed around through shady art world dealers until it ends up at the Met in New York.

    Then it gets boring. The author really knows his subject, and perhaps a little too well. He describes every single flight that the art dealers take, and once even goes into what they ordered at dinner. It was so painful. No one cares Mr. Silver!

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  2. In 1990 Sotheby’s auctioned one of the oldest known signed works of art, a 2500 year old cup or chalice painted Euphronios, a Greek artist renowed as the Leonardo da Vinci of vases. The cup was sold for $742,500 and later dropped from public view. The cup was reputed to be a match to a much larger bowl purchased by the Metropolitan Museum in 1972 for oer one million dollars. That bowl was the world’s most famous bowl and the crown jewel of the Met’s collection.

    The Met’s bowl had been looted fro

  3. Anyone who pays any attention to art news these days cannot have missed the increasing number of stories about archaelogical artifacts being sent back from the museums where they have been housed to the countries from when they came. This book is the saga of artifacts stolen from Etruscan graves at Cerveteri in Italy, who profited, how they were dispersed, and the struggle to recover them.

    Late in 1971, a few months before the effective date of UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Pr

  4. This is a great story about the illegal trade in stolen antiquities. I enjoyed it tremendously and read it almost nonstop. Best $0.99 I ever spent even though my eyeballs feel the worse for wear tonight! It showed me an alternate reality–I was an undergrad major in Art History (concentration in ancient art), minor in Classical Greek, considering a life in archaeology. The road not taken!

  5. Long ago I read Irving Stone’s story about Henry Schliemann and it piqued my interest in Greek treasures.

    The Lost Chalice is very interesting and I especially like it for the factual details. Vernon Silver details Giacomo’s life and business dealings from personal interviews with Medici, accesses his personal files and uses legal documents, all to give an accurate AND fascinating account of the chalice created by the famous potter, Euphronios.

    Robert Hecht (of Hecht Department Store fame), Dietri

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