Friday - 01 August 2014

Comment

Dealers avoid ARR at their peril

28 April 2014

COMMENT - As a relentless campaigner against the Artist’s Resale Right, IVAN MACQUISTEN explains why the trade should not avoid paying it now

New campaign for national database of stolen art and antiques

27 November 2013

EDITOR’S COMMENT – In 2001, I had the privilege of being the first journalist to quiz the then arts minister, Alan Howarth, on recommendations submitted by an expert panel investigating measures for tackling the illicit trade in cultural goods.

The champion of repro

25 August 2012

COMMENT: The ongoing crisis at the heart of government is becoming a national disease as a proposed change in copyright law illustrates, says Ivan Macquisten

Government's inadequate response to Resale Right campaign

19 June 2012

COMMENT: As reported last week, the postcard campaign launched by art dealer Niall Fairhead in a bid to raise the threshold for the Artist's Resale Right has made progress, attracting more signatories for the online petition and eliciting answers from the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

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Portobello dealers feel abandoned over policing

19 June 2012

COMMENT: More than 60,000 visitors on a summer Saturday, one of the most popular tourist spots in the UK, a name so recognised internationally that the local council wants to brand a Crossrail station after it... there are plenty of reasons to protect Portobello‘s antiques trade.

Editorial comment – RICS stand-down

18 April 2011

Given the disparity between the global ambitions of the RICS as an international regulatory body and the specific requirements of a small group of professional art and antique auctioneers and valuers within its membership, perhaps the present stalemate should come as no surprise.