Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques

Cultural, historical and artistic property called to property that is important from scientific, historical, cultural, archaeological, paleontological and artistic point of view and more than one hundred years have passed since its construction and belong to one of this categories: 1- cultural historical property 2- historical property 3- cultural property 4- artistic property 5- study property 6- Counterfeit or counterfeit property. (Source: Regulations on historical, cultural and artistic property of public and governmental institutions, approved on 12/07/2002)


Export, regulations, prohibitions

Due to the paragraph 1 of the legal decree of the Islamic Revolutionary Council approved on 10/22/1358, export any kind of  antiques and artistic is prohibit Of course, this ban does not apply to paintings and contemporary art.

Those historical-cultural objects that are not underground and have been inherited from one generation to another are called permissible objects. Trading of these objects inside the country is unrestricted, but their departure from the country is prohibited.

According to the above contents, if each above components is finding by competent government agencies the In addition to the confiscation and expertise of the property and the valuation of the goods in Rials, the matter will be referred to the court for a final decision. (Source: Instructions on how to determine and assign confiscated objects)

One of the most important fields in this discussion is Temporary departure of artistic, historical and cultural property (first, second, third class)To participate in Foreign exhibitions. According to the law, this is possible only after the approval of the Cultural Heritage Organization of the country, however, in the case of first-class property, after the approval of the Cultural Heritage Organization, it will also need the approval of the Cabinet.

Also according to the executive regulations on the export of cultural products (2003), export all works by mail ( passenger or commercial ) with the expectation of all old lithographs , art works and musical instrument that are part of the country’s cultural heritage is unobstructed. But in general, the export of authorized works of art is booming and popular all over the world. These works include calligraphic paintings, photographs, various types of paintings, sculptures, etc.


Most popular Iran’s artists that sells their artworks in all around the world are: Farshchian, Zende Roudi, Mohammad Ahsayee, Parvis Tanavoli, Ahmad Mostafa, Farhad Moshiri, Iraj naemayee, etc.

In Iran there is a lot of gallery that Iran Switzerland chamber of commerce have one of them ( ISCC COLLECTIVE).


Export value of this goods to Switzerland in 2019 was 1811 thousand dollar ( trade map). 1412  thousand dollar of this value is related to antiques with over 100 year age witch have prohibition for export.

According to the TPO informations in 1399 export of 97011000 HS code (paintings , drawings and pastels) to Switzerland was 0.02 million dollar. Original sculptures and statuary value with 97011000 HS code was 0.17 million dollar which means second rank between this HS codes.

Switzerland market

On 12 January 2015, four Swiss art market associations (Art Galleries Switzerland, the Swiss Association of Dealers in Art and Antiques, the Swiss Art Trade Association and the Association of Swiss Auctioneers of Art and Heritage) created their umbrella organization – the Swiss Art Market Association. The Swiss people pay special attention to art. Switzerland ranks fourth in terms of turnover after the United States, Britain and China. Source:

In the 2019 Swiss had 2453983 thousand dollar import of Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques. Largest value of those goods exported to france, united kingdom and America. Iran have 35th rank among these countries.

Figure of exporter of Works of art, collectors' pieces and antiques to Switzerland

Popular galleries in Iran