Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton

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Charles Hanson withdraws ‘Nelson’s telescope’ from sale "pending further investigations"

22 May 2018

Hansons Auctioneers has withdrawn from its July 2 sale a brass telescope purported to have been used by Admiral Lord Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, after questions were raised about its authenticity.

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Royal wedding memorabilia: five objects that are worth investing in

17 May 2018

Prince Harry is due to wed Meghan Markle on Saturday, May 19 and as another royal milestone approaches, Antiques Trade Gazette journalists invariably get asked one question by the national media: is it worth investing in royal memorabilia such as tea towels, mugs and cake tins?

BADA says ivory ban fighting fund is receiving ‘positive response’

14 May 2018

A campaign to raise funds for legal advice on the government’s ivory ban proposals has received “a positive response”, according to dealer body BADA, which is organising the endeavour on behalf of the antiques sector.

Stakeholders consider legal action on ivory

07 May 2018

Trade bodies whose members will be affected by the government’s plan for a near-total UK ban on the sale of ivory are seeking legal advice on challenging the proposals before they become law.

Introduction: Text book evolution

03 May 2018

Those who worry about the art and antiques market’s ability to react to its big three challenges – digitisation, changing tastes and an ageing collector base – should look to the books, maps and prints sector and take heart.

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Freya Simms steps into top LAPADA role: "I'll ensure dealers are in a strong place with Brexit and the ivory ban looming"

30 April 2018

Former Olympia fair organiser and art market PR will head the dealer association, after the sudden departure of the previous chief.

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LAPADA welcomes new chief executive after sudden exit of previous head

30 April 2018

LAPADA has moved quickly to fill its chief executive slot, vacant after the sudden departure of the previous incumbent, by appointing art market public relations specialist Freya Simms to the role.

How Christie's, Bonhams, Fellows, Sworders and Sotheby's are preparing for GDPR's new data protection rules

30 April 2018

Auctioneers have told ATG the preparations they are making for sweeping new rules that will affect how they store and use personal data, due to be implemented in the EU on May 25.

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LAPADA boss exits after just three months

23 April 2018

Patricia Stevenson, the former Tatler magazine publishing director recently appointed as chief executive of dealer body LAPADA, has left the association.

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Summer Palace bronze sells for £410,000 at Canterbury Auctions

11 April 2018

An exceptionally rare Western Zhou bronze, taken when the Summer Palace was sacked by British troops in 1860, has sold for £410,000, four times its lower estimate.

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The ivory ban: ATG answers reader questions about the new law's implications for antique ivory

09 April 2018

Roland Arkell and Noelle McElhatton on what the new ivory law could mean for art and antiques.

COMMENT: Now's not the time for the trade to throw in the towel regarding the ivory ban

09 April 2018

The general parameters of the government’s ivory ban, on the cards for years, are finally clear. As always with issues of CITES, the devil will be in the detail. Though the trade feels despondent in the face of the ban, a small concession on the currently very narrow 'de minimis' rule will make the ban a lot more manageable.


Auctioneer Richard Madley to represent Sydney firm as UK agent

09 April 2018

Richard Madley, a former director of Dreweatts, has been appointed UK agent for Sydney firm Shapiro Auctioneers, to source objects with an Australian background or provenance to be sold Down Under.


IVORY BAN – industry leaders react: “We will draw the government’s attention to the ban’s inconsistencies”

03 April 2018

An idea that began life in 2015 with a Tory government manifesto pledge for a total ban on the UK trade in ivory has finally taken shape, though not as draconian as originally pitched and not yet set in legislative stone.


Diversity push launched as BBC’s Bargain Hunt is given another two years

02 April 2018

The BBC has put the production of antiques game show Bargain Hunt out to tender for a two-year contract, despite speculation that the long-running programme, now in its 50th series, would be axed in a drive to boost the quality of daytime TV output.


Smith leaves Oxford by design to join Lyon & Turnbull expansion

26 March 2018

Lyon & Turnbull has appointed Philip Smith, former head of modern & post-war art and design at Mallams, to the newly created role of associate director for modern art and design.

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BADA chief welcomes “huge” step as Instagram launches ‘Shopping’ feature in the UK

20 March 2018

Instagram is making it easier for businesses to make sales by extending its ‘Shopping’ feature to eight new countries, including the UK.


BADA fair looks forward, not back

19 March 2018

As TEFAF Maastricht hit fifth gear, it was best objects forward for the 100 dealers bringing art, design and antiques to BADA’s 2018 fair in Duke of York Square on the King’s Road, Chelsea last week.


Ivory debated on the breakfast sofa

19 March 2018

Leaders of four African countries have called on the UK and the EU to ban the trade in antique ivory to help stop elephant poaching.


Former Chelsea Flower Show head takes on LAPADA fair

12 March 2018

LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has appointed a former head of the Chelsea Flower Show as its new fairs and events director.