WHO WE ARE
The Chris M. Maupin Irrevocable Trust for Ancient Art was created to provide ancient Mediterranean art and antiquities to art museums and institutions of higher learning seeking to grow, enhance or begin building collections of ancient art from the greater Mediterranean region.
A very few words about me: I am the owner of Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities, offering a wide selection of fine ancient art, including Greek, Roman, Egyptian and Near Eastern antiquities for sale, spanning 4,000 years of history, in all price ranges. All pieces are acquired and offered for sale in accordance with internationally recognized standards for the transfer of cultural property. Our website is http://www.clioancientart.com.
I created the Trust in 2010 when I recognized that many art museums and universities, even in some major metropolitan areas, did not possess examples of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman and related art in their collections, thus limiting exposure of this important phase of human artistic achievement to large parts of the museun going public. I set out to remedy this and began setting aside key objects for donation, as well as initiating discussions with institutions that seemed the best fit for gifting these items.
WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED SO FAR
The process of gifting began with the May, 2010 donation of 33 examples of ancient Near Eastern and Egyptian bronzes, Cypriot and Greek ceramics, Roman oil lamps and glass vessles and early Byzantine art to the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento, California. In 2012 the Trust made further donations to the Crocker of Egyptian funerary items, Greek bronze and Roman limestone sculpture. In 2013 we gifted fine examples of Greek and Roman ceramics to the Univeristy of Missouri at Kansas City, Department of Classical Studies. Just recently the Trust donated a finely decorated Medieval English ceramic floor tile to the Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina.
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO CONTINUE
Until now, I have funded the Trust completely out-of-pocket. I am not a wealthy individual and unfortunately I cannot keep the Trust operating this way any longer. The costs associated with acquiring suitable objects for donation, researching institutions for gifting, travel, administrative costs and other day to day expenses are simply too much. In addition, all the objects initially set aside back in 2010 for this purpose have been gifted and the Trust needs to acquire more. Here's where you come in.
I am seeking to generate $2,000 to help keep the Trust operating for the next 12 months. This amount, though quite modest, would suffice to acquire a few good quality objects for donation to one or two museums or academic institutions seeking specific types of ancient art, as well as covering the overhead associated with maintaining, cataloging and shipping the objects to recipient institutions. Even if we do not meet this very modest goal, what funds we do raise will still be directed to this purpose.
A FEW THNAK YOU GIFTS FOR DONORS
Each donor, no matter the size of their gift, will receive an ancient Roman coin, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, as a small token of thanks, upon completion of the campaign. Donors of $100 or greater will also receive a one-time 15% discount, good for one year, on any purchase made from Clio Ancient Art and Antiquities. While the Trust does not have a website, it does have a Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ancientart.trust) and a Blog page is in development. Donors who wish to may have their names included in an Honor Roll on these pages when the funding campaign concludes.
Your gift of any size will assist in making the beauty of art from the ancient Mediterranean world available directly to museum goes who otherwise would not have access to it without traveling. it also can make it possible for students of classical studies and art history to these works directly, thus enhancing their educational experience. The minimum donation should be $30.
All questions are welcome. We have a photographic archive of the objects we've already gifted, as well as formal letters of thanks from the receiving institutions, images of some of these objects on display in their new museum homes, etc., and we would be pleased to share these with anyone who asks.
SOME FINAL DETAILS ABOUT THE TRUST AND ITS MISSION
Institutions seeking to acquire these pieces must pass a screening process to determine if donation of the object(s) is appropriate to the institution and its mission, including the nature of its collections, educational outreach efforts, quality of collections care and display, security, etc. The Trust recognizes that many smaller institutions that do not seek to build a permanent collection of ancient art may wish to acquire a single object or a small number of objects for points of comparison with other cultures, production technologies, materials, etc.