(ANSA) - London, January 22 - Italy is determined to get the
over 700 mostly Etruscan-era artifacts from the collection of
the well-known but now bankrupt British antiquities dealer Robin
The country has warned it will take legal action to do so
Maurizio Fiorilli, the Italian State legal counsel who has
been overseeing the case for years, told ANSA Wednesday that
talks have long been underway with the liquidators of Robin
Symes Ltd, but have not achieved any results.
He said that there has been no substantive response to
prior requests for restitution of the artefacts, and that
therefore Italy has once again demanded that "commitments made"
The liquidators will be receiving legal notification on
February 1, he said.
"But this is not an economic issue," he stressed.
"Our request for restitution has a cultural motivation and
we would undoubtedly be willing to loan the works for study
(photo: archive picture of Etruscan statuette)