I have a lot of feelings about the fact that the New York Vampire clan invests in antiquities in TV canon. Much like the bagged blood, it’s a little detail that implies a lot of organization behind the scenes, and presumably a lot of bizarre paperwork. How do they validate this stuff? Do they even bother with the legalities? Did they accidentally become the biggest artifact smugglers in New York city just because a few of the older vampires didn’t want to bother with bringing their stuff into the country legally and just got a warlock to portal them in?
Do New York curators spend a lot of time wondering why their contacts never want to meet in the daytime? Are there members of the clan with actual degrees? What poor vampire is now a registered archaeologist because he drew the short straw? Which ones dress up as little old ladies so they can convince buyers that they found this real-actual-Monet in their attic?
It’s not like preserving artifacts is easy either. You need climate control, a way to handle it safely, sealed cases… you can’t exactly order the right equipment on Amazon.
Basically Raphael probably knows a lot more about museum level restoration and preservation techniques than he’s willing to let on. Poor boy just wanted to get into politics and he accidentally ended up taking night classes in Art History so he can sound professional when he tries to convince private collectors that Camille’s three hundred year old nude drawings are Important Historical Documents.