Vetting

The Brussels Ancient Art Fair/BAAFis considered by many to boast one of the best Vetting Committees for antiquities in the world, with an exceptional panel of renowned experts, art historians, archeologists and Egyptologists. The members of the Vetting Committee have been very carefully selected to guarantee the quality and the authenticity of all exhibits, including the pieces published in the catalogue. Pieces are systematically rejected where there is the slightest doubt concerning their authenticity. Genuine, but overly restored objects are not admitted. Authentic, but poor quality items are rejected too as they are considered “not in the interest of the Fair.” The primary objective of the Brussels Ancient Art Fairhas always been to protect its customers, who can buy from us with confidence.

Brussels Ancient Art Fair Vetting Committee:

Dr. Corinne Besson 

Prof. Dr. Detlev Kreikenbom

Prof. Dr. Max Kunze

Dr. Christian Loeben

Peter Pamminger

Dr. Cyril Thiaudière

Prof. Dr. Rainer Vollkommer

Dr. André Wiese

For further information and to read a short biography of each member, please see below.

Dr. Corinne Besson

Degree in jewellery, holds a Ph.D. in Art History and Archeology and ancient former scholar of the Ministry of National Education Research and Technology. Author of a thesis about the fabrication techniques and typologies from gold jewellery of Roman Gaul, UMR 8167, 2007 (Poitiers and Paris IV-Sorbonne). Associate researcher at the team “Technical-Commercial Production and Consumption” of the UMR 5140 of the Archaeology of Mediterranean societies from the University of Lattes-Montpellier/CNRS. Expert in antique jewelry from the Mediterranean, a member of the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en objets d’art et de collections (CNES) and the expert student of the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en objets d’art et de (CBEOA).

MAIN PUBLICATIONS:

  • Corinne BESSON, Les pendants d’oreille romains du Musée du Louvre, Mémoire XXIV de l’Association des Publications Chauvinoises, Musée Saint-Vic, ville de Saint-Amand-Montrond, 2003, 155 pages.
  • Hélène HAUTENAUVE, Corinne BESSON, Persistance de techniques d’orfèvrerie : le torque celtique de Soucy (Aisne) et les bracelets gallo-romains de Poiré-sur-Vie (Vendée), Revue Archéologique de l’Ouest, 15-1998, p. 141-150.
  • Corinne BESSON, Colliers en or et perles de Vigeville et de Gouzon, Mémoires de la Société des Sciences naturelles et Archéologique de la Creuse, XLVII, 1er fascicule, 1999, p. 17-27.
  • Fac-similé en argent de bijou : Paire de bracelets du Poiré-sur-Vie conservée au Musée Dobrée de Nantes, 2000.
  • Corinne BESSON, Un artisanat de luxe en ville : la bijouterie en or, Actes du colloque international Amoenitas Vrbivm, Les agréments de la vie urbaine en Gaule romaine et dans les régions voisines à Limoges les 26-27 mai 2000, Caesarodunum, XXXV-XXXVI, 2001-2002, p. 195-207.
  • Corinne BESSON, Carte d’identité d’une bague en or, Embourie (Charente), p. 14-16, et Anatomie d’une bague, p. 33, Instrumentum, n°20, décembre 2004.
  • Corinne BESSON, Les petits colliers gallo-romains à segments, rangs multiples et éléments intermédiaires, Actes du Colloque international sur La bijouterie d’or des mondes grec et «barbare» du 18 novembre 2000 à l’Ecole normale supérieure, Editions Picard 2006, p. 209-245.
  • Collaborateur scientifique et technique sur les collections de bijoux antiques du Département des Antiquités Grecques, Etrusques et Romaines, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2008.
  • Etude technologique de la « Collection de bijoux XIXème et XXème siècles », Muséon Arlaten, Arles, 2009.
  • Corinne BESSON, L’influence et la diversité de la bijouterie de Lugdunum et d’Augustodunum, Actes du colloque international d’Autun sur L’aspect de l’artisanat en milieu urbain : Gaule et Occident romain, 20-22 en septembre 2007, Revue Archéologique de l’Est, Supplément 28, 2010, p. 323-336.
  • Etude scientifique des bijoux des collections du Musée gallo-romain de Lyon-Fourvière, 2011-2012.
  • En collaboration C. BESSON et C. THIAUDIERE, La bijouterie syro-romaine, Exposition permanente : L’Orient romain et l’Egypte romaine et copte à travers les collections du Musée du Louvre (titre provisoire), Musée du Louvre, Paris, à paraître 2012.
  • Study: Master’s degree (cum laude) in Classical Archaeology and History of Ancient Art, University of Amsterdam, on 3-9-1973.
  • Doctoral degree (cum laude): Siana Cups I and Komast Cups, University of Amsterdam, on 14-12-1982.
  • Professor of Classical Archaeology and History of Ancient Art, from 1-9-1986 to 2006.
  • Head of the Department of Classical Archaeology and History of Ancient Art, University of Amsterdam, since 1-9-1986.
  • Director of the Allard Pierson Museum, The Archaeological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, from 1986 to 2006.
  • Editor-in-chief / publisher of the Allard Pierson Series, from 1979 to 2011 ; 4 volumes in the Allard Pierson Series, 5 in the Scripta Minora, 1 in Collections of the Allard Pierson Museum, and 1 CVA.
  • Siana Cups I and Komast Cups, Amsterdam 1983.
  • Siana Cups II: The Heidelberg Painter, Amsterdam 1991.
  • Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, Allard Pierson Museum, Amsterdam, fasc. 2, Amsterdam 1996.
  • ‘New Light on the Earliest Attic Black-Figure Drinking-Cups’, in J.H. Oakley et al. (eds.), Athenian Potter and Painters, The Conference Proceedings, Oxford 1997, 1-15.
  • Siana Cups III: The Red-black Painter and Griffin-bird Painter and Siana Cups resembling Lip-cups, Amsterdam 2000.
  • Excavations of the Casa del Protiro in Ostia, Italy: campaigns in 1973–1975.
  • Director of the excavations at Satricum, Italy: from 1990 to 2006.
  • Director of the international Nemrud Dağ project: from 2001.
  • President of the Organizing Committee of the Symposion on Ancient Greek and Related Pottery, Amsterdam, 11-15 April, 1984; editor of the proceedings.
  • President of the International Congress of Classical Archaeology, Amsterdam, 12-17 July, 1998.
  • Member of the CVA Committee of Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences.
  • Korrespondierendes Mitglied des Deutschen Archäologischen Instituts, since 1992.
  • Member of the Vetting Committee, Ancient Art, TEFAF Maastricht since 2007.
  • Studies : Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, History of Art (Universities: Kiel, Berlin, Rome)
  • 1987: Doctorate from Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, on Greek and Roman Colossal Portraits
  • 1985-1990: Research Associate at Liebieghaus-Museum alter Plastik, Frankfurt/Main
  • 1992 : Habilitation from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Sculpture after Polykleitos
  • 1992-1995 : Visiting professor at Humboldt-University Berlin, at Cologne and Giessen Universities
  • 1995-1998: Research Associate at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main
  • Since 1998 : Professor of Classical archaeology at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz
  • Since 2001 : Director of research project ‘Lepcis Magna’ (Libya)
  • Since 2009: Director of research project ‘Marble Sculpture from Roman Syria’
  • Corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut
  • Research : Greek and Roman sculpture Influence of antique sculpture on Modern Era

Prof. Dr. Detlev Kreikenbom

Studies : Classical Archaeology, Ancient History, History of Art (Universities: Kiel, Berlin, Rome) 1987: Doctorate from Christian Albrechts University, Kiel, on Greek and Roman Colossal Portraits 1985-1990: Research Associate at Liebieghaus-Museum alter Plastik, Frankfurt/Main 1992 : Habilitation from Justus-Liebig University, Giessen, Sculpture after Polykleitos 1992-1995 : Visiting professor at Humboldt-University Berlin, at Cologne and Giessen Universities 1995-1998: Research Associate at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main Since 1998 : Professor of Classical archaeology at Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz Since 2001 : Director of research project ‘Lepcis Magna’ (Libya) Since 2009: Director of research project ‘Marble Sculpture from Roman Syria’ Corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Research : Greek and Roman sculpture Influence of antique sculpture on Modern Era

Prof. Dr. Max Kunze

Studies : Classical Archaeology, Ancient Philology, (Humboldt-University Berlin) 1974: Doctorate from , (Humboldt-University Berlin on Classicism in Roman relief art) , 2002 Dr. habil. 1996 Honorary Professor for classical Archaeology University Mannheim, Visiting professor at Institute of Fine Arts New York und University of Antalya 1969 – 1971 Scientific member Münzkabinett Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin 1972 – 1982 Director Winckelmann-Museums in Stendal 1977 – 1990 Secretary of the Winckelmann-Gesellschaft 1982 – 1993  Director Antikensammlung an den Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin 1993 – 1996  Head of the Winckelmann-edition in Stendal 1996 – 2009  head oft he Arbeitsstelle Winckelmann-edition Akademie der Wissenschaften und Literatur in Mainz. Since 1990 President Winckelmann-Gesellschaft. Since 1992 Digging projects in Turkey (Patara, Rhodiapolis). Since 1987 Corresponding member of the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut. Publications see under Max Kunze.de

Dr.Christian Loeben

Studied Egyptology and history of art between 1980 and 1985 at the Freie Universität Berlin. Afterwards he worked as a scientific travel guide. From 1992 till 2003 he taught Egyptology at the Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, the last two semesters as a professor, the professorship for Egyptology being vacant. At the same university he got his PhD with the following thesis: Beobachtungen zu Kontext und Funktion königlicher Statuen im Amun-Tempel von Karnak. Since 2004, he has been curator of the Egyptian collection at the Museum August Kestner and lecturer at the Universität Göttingen. Christian Loeben is very committed to popular scientific information about Egyptology, often appears in the media as a specialist in Egyptology matters and is giving numerous lectures.

MAIN PUBLICATIONS:

  • Loeben, Chr., Beobachtungen zu Kontext und Funktion königlicher Statuen im Amun-Tempel von Karnak, Leipzig, 2001.
  • Loeben, Chr.- Wiese, A.B. : Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo! Die ägyptische Sammlung des Konditorei- und Kaffeehaus-Besitzers Achille Groppi (1890 – 1949). Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig und Museum August Kestner, Basel/ Hannover 2008.
  • Loeben, Chr.- Kappel, S., Die Pflanzen im altägyptischen Garten. Ein Bestandskatalog der ägyptischen Sammlung im Museum August Kestner, Rahden 2009.
  • Loeben, Chr., Die Ägypten-Sammlung des Museum August Kestner und ihre (Kriegs-)Verluste (Museum Kestnerianum 15), Rahden, 2011.

Peter Pamminger

Studying Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and Ancient History at the University of Mayence from 1982 on, since 1984 until 1999 lecturing at the Institute of Egyptology at Mayence primarily on Egyptian philology and literature. Publishing various articles mostly on “small” Egyptian problems like e.g. single amulets but interested also in prosopography, ideology and religion.

MAIN PUBLICATIONS:

  • Pamminger, P., Ägyptische Kleinkunst aus der Sammlung Gustav Memminger, Leonberg, 1990.
  • Pamminger, P., Das Trinken von Überschwemmungswasser – eine Form der jährlichen Regeneration des Verstorbenen, GM 122 (1991), 71-75.
  • Pamminger, P., Nochmals zum Problem der Vizekönige von Kusch unter Hatschepsut, GM 131 (1992), 97-100.
  • Pamminger, P., Amun und Luxor – Der Widder und das Kultbild, Beiträge zur Sudanforschung 5, 1992.
  • Pamminger, P., Die sogenannte « Thebanische » Götterneunheit, SAK 19 (1992), 249-255.
  • Pamminger, P., Gottesworte und Zahlensymbolik in den ‘Klagen des Bauern,’ SAK 20 (1993), 207-221.
  • Pamminger, P., Buhen, Südtempel, Säule 26 (32) und der Vizekönig von Kusch Ra-msj-s(w)-nxt, GM 137 (1993), 79-86.
  • Pamminger, P., Zur Göttlichkeit Amenophis’ III., BSEG 17 (1993), 83-92.
  • Pamminger, P., Das ‘Schedsunefertem-Problem,’ CdE 69 (1994), 9-42.
  • Pamminger, P., Insights into a Translucent Name Bead, RdE 46 (1995), 149-161.
  • Pamminger, P., Amun und Luxor – Der Widder und das Kultbild, Beiträge zur Sudanforschung 5 (1992), 93-140.
  • Pamminger, P., Ein Beispiel magistraler Intervention. Zu einem unpublizierten Relieffragment in Chicago, in Wege öffnen. Festschrift Gundlach, 184-186.
  • Pamminger, P., Amenophis III. und die Götter von Luxor, Antike Welt, Mainz am Rhein 27,1996, 433-443.
  • Pamminger, P., Magistrale Intervention: Der Beamte als Mittler, SAK 23 (1996), 281-304.
  • Pamminger, P., Contributions à la prosopographie militaire du Nouvel Empire, BiOr 54 (1997), 5-31.
  • Pamminger, P., Hori, Hoherpriester des Amun, JEA 85, 1999, 226-230.
  • Pamminger, P., Features of the Past. A Royal Statuary and its Secret, RdE 51, 2000, 153-173
  • Pamminger, P., Contributions à la Prosopographie Militaire du Nouvel Empire II, BiOr 60, 2003, 25-40.
  • Pamminger, P., Ein Amulett-Anhänger im Goldnetz in Pharaos Staat. Festschrift für Rolf Gundlach zum 75. Geburtstag, 2006, 143-4.
  • Konrad, K.- Pamminger, P., Exlibris von Ägyptologen. Göttinger Miszellen Beiheft 7, 2010.

Dr. Cyril Thiaudière

Degree in Ancient History and Archaeology and former scholar of the French Institute of Oriental Archaeology (2001, 2002, 2003). Author of a thesis about the study of technical and typological gold jewelry from Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt (Poitiers – Limoges 2005). Associate researcher at the research group HISTARA, EA 4115: « Art history, archeology and history of representations of Europe », of the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Paris. Expert in antique jewelry from the Mediterranean, a member of the Chambre Nationale des Experts Spécialisés en objets d’art et de collections (CNES) and expert student of the Chambre Belge des Experts en Œuvres d’Art (CBEOA).

MAIN PUBLICATIONS:

  • Dictionnaire des techniques de la bijouterie antique, Paris, à paraître 2012 (?), en collaboration avec M. Gérard Nicolini et Mlle Corinne Besson.
  • La bijouterie égyptienne de l’époque romaine, Exposition permanente :  L’Orient romain et l’Égypte romaine et copte à travers les collections du Musée du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris, à paraître 2012.
  • La bijouterie syro-romaine, Exposition permanente : L’Orient romain et l’Égypte romaine et copte à travers les collections du Musée du Louvre, Musée du Louvre, Paris, à paraître 2012, en collaboration avec Mlle Corinne Besson.
  • La bijouterie ptolémaïque : racines égyptiennes, apports grecs, dans Grecs et Romains en Égypte. Territoires, espaces de la vie et de la mort, objets de prestige et du quotidien, Actes du Colloque International de l’Institut d’Art, Paris, 15 mars 2008, édition Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale, 2011 (à paraître).
  • La bijouterie méroïtique, dans Méroé, un empire sur le Nil, catalogue d’exposition, Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2010, p. 136-140.
  • Un bracelet de la candace Amanishakheto, dans Méroé, un empire sur le Nil, catalogue d’exposition, Musée du Louvre Paris, 2010, p.141.
  • Méthodes de production des bagues dans l’Égypte hellénistique et romaine, dans : Interactions et transferts artistiques, revue Histoire de l’Art n° 64, Avril 2009, p. 37-46.
  • Bijoux égyptiens originaux de la Basse Époque et de l’ère ptolémaïque, dans : Les Ors des Mondes Grec et « Barbare », Actes du Colloque de l’École Nationale Supérieure, Paris, 18 Novembre 2000, Édition Picard, Paris, 2006.

Dr Rainer Vollkommer

Studied Archaeology, History of Art and History at the universities of Munich, Paris IV-Sorbonne (licence and maitrise en Art et Archeologie), Lincoln College, Oxford (Doctor of Philosophy), Honorary Professor at the TU Dresden. Teaches at the universities of Dresden, Freiburg i. Br., Fribourg (Switzerland), Hamburg, Leipzig. Curator at the Museum of Antiquities of the University of Leipzig, Director of the State Museum of Prehistory at Dresden and now Director of the Liechtenstein National Museum.

Main publications:

  • Heracles in Classical Greek Art, Oxford 1988
  • Unteritalische Vasen im Antikenmuseum der Universität Leipzig (Southern Italian vases at the Museum of Antiquities of the University of Leipzig), Leipzig 1996
  • Sternstunden der Archäologie (Highlights of Archaeology), Munich 2000
  • Neue Sternstunden der Archäologie (New Highlights of Archaeology), Munich 2006
  • Das antike Griechenland (Ancient Greece), Stuttgart 2007
  • Das Römische Weltreich (The Roman Empire), Stuttgart 2008
  • Editor of the Künsterlexikon der Antike (Lexicon of Ancient Artists), Vol. I, Munich 2000, Vol. II, Munich 2004

Dr. André Wiese

Between 1982 and 1995, Dr. André Wiese studied Egyptology, Classical Archaeology and Prehistory and Protohistory in Basel. In 1995, he obtained a PhD under the supervision of Prof. Erik Hornung, on the subject of “The early beginnings of the Egyptian stamp seal amulet”. In 1997, before his appointment at the Basel Museum of Antiquities, he curated the exhibition “Egypt – Glimpses of Eternity. Unknown Treasures in Swiss Private Ownership.” Following the success of the exhibition, as curator he was entrusted with setting up the Egyptian department of the Basel Museum of Antiquities, which was opened in 2001 in a new, underground extension. Between 2001 and 2012, he has regularly curated major exhibitions on Egypt, of which undoubtedly the most ambitious and significant was « Tutankhamun – The Golden Afterlife”, in 2004. “Delights from Cairo!” in 2008 and “Egypt, Orient and Swiss Modernity” in 2011 were regarded as particularly innovative, because they drew parallels between Egyptian art and famous collectors and historic events of the 19th and 20th century. He is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Basel and is considered an authority on Egyptian art.

MAIN PUBLICATIONS:

  • André Wiese, Zum Bild des Königs auf ägyptischen Siegelamuletten, OBO 96, Freiburg/Göttingen 1990.
  • André Wiese, Die Anfänge der ägyptischen Stempelsiegel-Amulette, OBO Series Archaeologica 12, Freiburg/Göttingen 1996.
  • André Wiese – Madeleine Page-Gaser, Ägypten – Augenblicke der Ewigkeit. Unbekannte Schätze in Schweizer Privatbesitz, Mainz 1997.
  • André Wiese, Ägyptische Kunst im Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. Neue Leihgaben, Schenkungen und Erwerbungen, Basel 1998.
  • André Wiese, Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig. Die Ägyptische Abteilung, Mainz 2001.
  • André Wiese – Andreas Brodbeck (Hg.) Tutanchamun. Das goldene Jenseits. Grabschätze aus dem Tal der Könige, Basel 2004.
  • André Wiese – Erik Hornung – Christian Loeben –, Immortal Pharaoh. The Tomb of Thutmosis III., Madrid 2005.
  • André Wiese ¬¬– Erik Hornung – Christian Loeben – Adam Lowe, In Pharaos Grab. Die verborgenen Stunden der Sonne, Madrid 2006
  • André Wiese ¬– Christian Loeben (Hg.), Köstlichkeiten aus Kairo! Die Ägyptische Sammlung des Konditorei- und Kaffeehausbesitzers Achille Groppi (1980–1949), Basel/Hannover 2008.
  • André Wiese , Iran – Amlash, Tiergefässe und Tierbronzen aus dem Iran in der Sammlung DKM, Duisburg 2011.
  • André Wiese, Egypt – Ägypten. Die Kunst Altägyptens in der Sammlung DKM, Duisburg 2011.
  • André Wiese (Hg), Ägypten, Orient und die Schweizer Moderne. Die Sammlung Rudolf Schmidt (1900–1970), Basel 2011.