The art and antique dealer profession is based on very personal choices and plays an important role in our culture. There is a risk that these professions could be jeopardised by disproportionate regulation and restrictions that hinder international cultural exchanges and trade. The present code of ethics shall apply without distinction to all objects that are negotiated on the market of fine art, antiques and cultural objects. All the member associations of CINOA agree to respect and to require that their own members, "the professionals", comply with the texts of the current laws in the country or countries in which they operate and respect the guidelines stipulated below. CINOA wishes to underscore and recommend that the practice of the profession of art and antique dealer be governed by the following principles: The professional in possession of an object, clearly established to have been imported illegally under applicable national law, agrees to comply with the procedures imposed by that law. In the case where the country of origin of the object is asking for its return within the legal period, the professional shall, after receiving compensation* which cannot be less than the purchase price in the case of an acquisition in good faith, permit the return to its country of origin. * The concept of compensation can only apply if permitted under applicable national law of the professional. The professional agrees to respect the laws and regulations applicable in his country on the protection of threatened or endangered species. He therefore agrees not to trade in objects that infringe the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. The professional shall take all measures necessary to detect stolen objects, and refer, among other resources, to the registers and the databases that are published for this effect and to use them judiciously. The professional should under no circumstances participate in transactions which to the best of their knowledge can be linked to money-laundering operations. The professional provides its customers with a guarantee of his seriousness and competence to certify the authenticity of the property sold. He must ensure that the description of the work is as precise as possible and reflects the state of his knowledge at the time of the sale. If necessary, this description must be supported by tests using relevant technology. Voted at the General Assembly in Florence in 1987, amended in Stockholm on the 26 of June 1998 and in New York on the 11 of May 2005. Amended in Brussels on 13 of October 2015.
The Italian Antiquarians Association (Associazione Antiquari d'Italia) was established on 10 October 1959, in a gesture intended to support and share the spirit and ideals of the Florence International Antiques Fair. The Fair is the feather in the cap of the Association, and over the years it has endeavoured to consistently raise the level of quality, identifying with the aims and ambitions of its members and succeeding in consolidating its status as one of the most authoritative events on the international scene. The objective was, first and foremost, to offer prestigious antiquarians an institution and an event in which they felt they had a voice and which was able to listen, understand and represent them beyond a market experienced at the time as a blurred and confused muddle. In this sense both the Association and the Fair (which is on record as being the first antique art fair in the world) immediately made their mark, established as a model of quality and morality not only on the Italian scene but also on the international stage, like all the events that were to follow. Fairness and clear perspectives are therefore the hallmark of the attitude that the Association has always had towards its members, both in the case of disputes – in which it plays a role of conciliation and mediation between the adversary parties – and in terms of supporting and protecting its members in the case of clearly prejudicial actions or measures. Transparency in the trade of works of art is indeed one of the fundamental benchmarks of the Association, together with the severe prosecution of any unfair dealing or underhand expedients, which it has always staunchly fought against, even through legal measures: a stalwart and resolute stand in defence of antique art and the enhancement of its heritage. Today, the Association numbers 160 antiquarians, belongs to the International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations (CINOA), is involved in the organisation of prestigious cultural events, sponsors lectures and conferences designed to foster and spread a knowledge of antiques and antique dealing. Finally, it also offers scholarships, awards and certificates aimed at stimulating the culture and knowledge of the heritage of antique art.
Constituted on October 15, 1957 (deed of incorporation), the Provincial Trade Union of Ancient Art of the Province of Milan pursued the objective of coordinating, harmonizing and defending the interests of the category. Through the Presidents and the Executive Councils that have taken place over the years, the Syndicate has evolved hand in hand with the company and with the associative development in the representation of the sector and in the services made available to the Associates. The Syndicate has been constantly engaged in the dissemination of culture and art thanks to initiatives, conferences, meetings and events that have involved representatives of the institutions, representatives of the police, critics and art historians, consultants and specialists in the various fields artistic, professional, managerial. The action of the Syndicate focused on the ethical aspects of the profession in order to pursue the task of being - for the community - a source of education to art and at the same time to guarantee the quality and authenticity of the objects marketed, reducing the risks of unlawful acts or transactions or unwary purchases. The Syndicate has sponsored the various editions of the Milanese Antiques Exhibition, set up annually in the fall. The inspiring principles of the Syndicate, summarized in the extreme sensitivity to the art world and focused on professional ethics, have contributed to the perennial updating of the adhering Antiquarians who have shown themselves able to adapt the activity to the market demands, to improve the performance and actively support the collection of funds for restoration of works or initiatives related to the enhancement and use of cultural heritage. The Assembly of the Associates approved in April 2007 the new Bylaws and changed its name to the Milanese Antiquari Association, a name that precisely identifies art professionals who deal with numerous genres and can respond to every need of customers thanks to types and specializations of various levels. The path started in the Fifties has found its logical evolution in the purposes that characterize the Organization and that are reiterated in art. 2 of the Statute "the Association promotes the value of art and culture, pursues the development of the sector and considers the evolution of the protection of artistic and cultural heritage as a fundamental resource".
Son of Art, Graziano Gallo began his path in the world of antiques at a very young age, growing a particular interest for pieces of furniture and paintings. At the dawn of the 1980s, he gave birth to the Gallo Fine Art family business, focused on dealing furniture, old master paintings and sculptures, while pursuing the careful study of XV-XVIII century Italian masters. He took part to the most renowned italian antiques trade shows, such as Palazzo Grassi, Venice; Florence Biennale; Milan International Exhibition of Fine Arts; Modena Antiquaria; Gotha, Parma; Rome International Exhibition at Palazzo Venezia. In 2003 he started a new business of art consultant for galleries and International old masters’ collectors. His current and primary occupation involves examining the authenticity, integrity and genuine attribution of pieces of art that, thanks to the consultation with experts of specific historical periods, helps him to find the most suitable works of art for his client. He recently launched gallery in Milan with his son Giorgio, the Gallo Fine Art, gives him the possibility to make his extensive knowledge of the market—articulated by the creation of important collections, estimates and evaluations of bequests and artistic patrimonies—widely available to the interested public. The Gallery is member of the Italian Federation of Art Dealers and of the Antiques Dealers association of Italy.
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