Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton

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A West Sussex invasion: the Brits came and spent

14 September 2020

The buying crowd at IACF Ardingly was more local than usual but no less enthusiastic

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Things we learned at IACF Ardingly

14 September 2020

Top tips from IACF’s Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair.

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First serving on Wimbledon grass

07 September 2020

Sunbury fair debut on London SW19 playing fields draws the Sunday punters after swift launch

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Object lesson from Wimbledon fair: glass eyes

07 September 2020

Though the first human in-socket artificial eyes were created by Venetian glassmakers c.16th century, the earliest evidence of ocular prosthesis was found in a female burial plot in Shahr-I Sokhta, Iran – dating back to 2900-2800 BC.

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Kempton owner tests Sunday ‘interiors’ format fair at new Wimbledon venue

30 July 2020

Sunbury Antiques Market, organiser of the bi-weekly Kempton Park Racecourse fair, is moving into London with a trial Sunday event in Wimbledon next month.

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Runway Monday could restart IACF’s fair schedule

29 May 2020

IACF, organiser of the UK’s largest outdoor antiques fairs and markets, is making tentative steps back into the live events arena.

Supreme Court the final option in Ivory Act case

25 May 2020

Dealers and collectors of antique ivory will seek to take their case to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal rejected their latest challenge to the Ivory Act 2018.

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Appeal to stop Ivory Act dismissed in latest court action

18 May 2020

Court of Appeal judges have dismissed the latest attempt to stop the Ivory Act.

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Clive Stewart-Lockhart – the next chapter

13 April 2020

Believing there’s room for impartial art advice from an auction veteran, Clive Stewart-Lockhart has left Woolley & Wallis to embark on one last career move. Noelle McElhatton went to hear his plans ahead of the current Covid-19 lockdown

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Clive Stewart-Lockhart – Down memory lane

13 April 2020

This photo was taken at the July 1992 sale of the contents of Sunnyclose, near Henley-on-Thames.

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Clive Stewart-Lockhart – My gavel moments

13 April 2020

Clive Stewart-Lockhart recalls memorable sales, including one ‘barn find’ with a difference, across his 45-plus years as an auctioneer

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The situation evolves – but safe delivery options are available

06 April 2020

Given the government’s strict guidelines on social distancing, what delivery options can art and antiques buyers use during the lockdown period?

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How Adams Antiques Fairs' London event went ahead before future dates were postponed

23 March 2020

The round of applause that broke out for fair organiser Matthew Adams at the Royal Horticultural Halls on Sunday, March 15 was loud and, exhibitors said, very well-earned.

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Kempton final March date postponed but 'we're evaluating next dates on a weekly basis'

20 March 2020

Sunbury Antiques Fairs, organiser of Kempton and Sandown fairs, has postponed the next scheduled dates of both events due to coronavirus concerns.

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IACF cancels Newark, Ardingly but reschedules Peterborough from April to June

19 March 2020

IACF, the UK’s largest fair organiser, has cancelled flagship events in April and May as “the health of our stallholders and loyal buyers is our absolute priority” during the coronavirus crisis.

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Picture special: how the show went on for Adams Fairs in London on Sunday

19 March 2020

Despite coronavirus concerns, dealers came out in support of Adams Antiques Fairs staging its monthly London event last Sunday - ahead of postponement of future dates

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Coronavirus: some Irish auctioneers bank on internet bidding as Adam's and DeVeres postpone sales

18 March 2020

Irish auctioneers are split on whether to postpone sales to comply with the country's coronavirus social distancing rules, with some banking on internet bidding to continue to host auctions.

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Ireland’s role in Britain’s colonial past recalled in single owner collection for sale at Sheppard’s

17 March 2020

A private collection featuring Anglo-Indian and Islamic objects, amassed from Irish country house sales over a 60-year period, comes to auction in Durrow, Ireland on March 24.

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The Open Art Fair: exhibitors told fair debut 'is going ahead’ despite coronavirus fears

04 March 2020

Organisers of The Open Art Fair, successor to the BADA Fair, have written to exhibitors confirming the event will go ahead from March 18-24 in London – despite the cancellation of other high-profile art market on coronavirus concerns.

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Lawyer for dealers in Ivory Act appeal: ‘prepare to sell your antique ivory’

27 February 2020

A lawyer acting for dealers and collectors bidding to have the Ivory Act 2018 overturned warned antique ivory owners they need to “prepare to sell quickly” if judges reject the legal challenge.