October 25, 2021

Dear Charis,

On Monday 8th November, at midday (GMT), we will release the Christmas catalogue 2021.

Over the years a great many of you have delighted in this tradition of ours, and we thank you

for your enduring enthusiasm and interest. One of our longest standing clients, and a consistent

purchaser of objects from our annual catalogue, is The University of Queensland, Australia.

They have kindly written a few words for us which I take great pleasure in sharing with you.

All the best,



In this article, the RD Milns Antiquities Museum at The University of Queensland reflects on

the history of its long relationship with Charles Ede Ltd of acquiring high quality artefacts for

use in educating university students about the past and our modern relationship to it.

The UQ Antiquities Museum was founded in 1963 and initially purchased many artefacts from

Folio Fine Art, the art branch of the Folio Society which the late Charles Ede had founded in 1947. When, in 1971, the Charles Ede gallery was founded, the Museum continued to work

with them to acquire quality artefacts for its collections. Over the past 50 years, the Museum

has purchased more than 150 artefacts from the gallery. The focus of this relationship has

always been on acquiring high quality artefacts for use in teaching students of Classics and

Ancient History about the past. At the same time, the Museum and Charles Ede have worked

closely together to ensure that artefacts acquired in this way are of the highest standard when it

comes to provenance and the ethical trade in antiquities.

An early and significant acquisition was an Athenian Glaux Skyphos, purchased in 1972 with

funds from the University’s Castlehow Bequest. In fact, the skyphos was the first artefact

purchased with this bequest, named after Associate Professor Stanley Castlehow, Lecturer in

Greek language at the University from 1915-1957. Apart from being an excellent teaching

example of the glaux type, and beloved by generations of students and staff at the university, the cup has also entered into the built environment of the university itself. In the University’s

historic Great Court, a grotesque of Castlehow appears, sculpted in 1977 by Dr Rhyl Hinwood

AM, holding the very Skyphos purchased from Charles Ede in 1972. In this way the artefact has

entered into the history of the university itself, memorialised in stone.

More recently, and with an increased focus on due diligence and the acquisition of

impeccably documented artefacts by collections worldwide, the Museum has worked closely

with Charles Ede to acquire artefacts with strong collecting histories and stories.

One such acquisition is the Tombstone of Theophile, purchased in 2013 to mark the 50th

anniversary of the Museum’s foundation. The artefact was first excavated by Mr E Dodwell

from the Piraeus Necropolis in 1805 and published in Dodwell’s Classical and Topographical

Tour through Greece in 1819. Subsequently, it passed to the Westport House Collection of the

Marquesses of Sligo in Co. Mayo, Ireland, where it remained until the 1950s. The heavily worn

surface of the tombstone includes a metrical inscription in Greek: “Records of your virtue,

Theophile, will never pass unnoticed, modest and excellent and industrious, possessing every



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