The Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) will hold a CPD seminar on Monday, September 2, titled ‘CITES – What’s Going On?’
It will discuss the impact of new European
Commission guidance on the selling of antiques that include the
parts of endangered species.
The speaker at the Royal Thames Yacht Club
in Knightsbridge is Kim McDonald whose firm Taxidermy Law provides
specialist advice to a number of auction houses.
As reported by ATG in
June, new European Commission guidance on the application of
the "worked specimens" derogation - that has traditionally exempted
most antiques from controls on the trade in endangered species -
was quietly issued to CITES Management Authorities on May 9.
Although no trade bodies were alerted, the
changes amounted to a fresh interpretation of the law and a volte
face on a raft of items previously considered "worked". Many items
are now effectively banned or require licences from DEFRA before
they can be sold.
The seminar (scheduled from 12.30-4.30pm
including a sandwich lunch) will be offered to SOFAA members first
at £20 and then to non members at £50 if numbers allow.
Meanwhile, Halls' fine art director Jeremy
Lamond is among the new-look committee of The Society of Fine Art
After the latest changes the committee
line-up is now:
Chairman - Helen Carless of Lawrences,
Committee - South-West-based valuer Robin
Barlow; Chris Ewbank of Surrey saleroom Ewbank's; Jeremy Lamond of
Halls; Jonathan Pratt of Bellmans in Sussex; Guy Schooling of
Sworders in Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex; and Clive
Stewart-Lockhart of Salisbury's Woolley & Wallis.
Secretary - Robbie Barry.
The next meeting is at the Royal Thames
Yacht Club, London on September 2.