Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton


Anti-ivory trade campaign group Action for Elephants plans protest at Olympia fair

24 June 2017

An action group that campaigns against modern ivory poaching is to stage a protest against the trade in antique ivory at the Art and Antiques Fair, Olympia, on 1 July.

'Qing dynasty' double gourd vase has Qianlong mark

'Qing' vase sleeper emerges in Ireland and makes €740,000 hammer

19 June 2017

A 'Qing period' gourd vase has sold in Ireland for €740,000, an auction record for Asian art in that country, having been estimated at €800-1200.

Editor’s comment: shipping and delivery

19 June 2017

On Twitter last week, auctioneer and TV pundit Paul Laidlaw vented about a high quote for delivery that far exceeded the cost of the object he was buying.

Trade bodies ‘ready to reach out’ to new ministers on antiques industry issues

12 June 2017

Art and antiques trade associations are preparing to “forge new relationships” with the incoming government, in particular relating to the trade of antiques containing ivory.

James Collingridge of Christie’s

Christie’s South Kensington veteran passes away

07 June 2017

James 'Jim' Collingridge, one of Christie’s South Kensington’s first auctioneers and mentor to several senior auctioneer figures, has passed away at the age of 86.


General Election 2017: What the Tories, Labour and Lib Dems pledge on key issues affecting art and antiques

05 June 2017

Brexit, tax, business rates, employment rights and ivory top the list of issues for the art and antiques sector, readers have told Antiques Trade Gazette, as the general election looms this week.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan: ‘London’s art and antiques summer season is proof the city is open for business’

31 May 2017

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has endorsed the publication of the Antiques Trade Gazette’s annual celebration of London’s summer season of fairs, exhibitions, auctions and events.


Why I love London – Rosanna Ranieri, Richard E Grant and Prosper & Martine Assouline

26 May 2017

The city’s summer season attracts visitors from many walks in life. Here we talk to some high-profile fans of what London has to offer

Editor’s comment: The Conservative manifesto

22 May 2017

While businesses and consumers absorbed the devil in the detail of last week’s Conservative manifesto, art and antiques business leaders were more occupied by what wasn’t in the 86-page document.

Trade greets tax reporting change delay

02 May 2017

A now-postponed plan by HMRC to require businesses and the self-employed to file tax returns quarterly rather than yearly “would create havoc” if it was imposed as scheduled in 2018, dealers have told ATG.

Introduction: A necessary evolution

02 May 2017

A hundred or so years ago, a group of booksellers gathered in London for their debut exhibition, with a catalogue that boasted no fewer than 15 original William Caxton books.

Portrait by  Charles F Goldie

Flipping good return for Maori portrait by New Zealand artist Charles F Goldie

28 April 2017

A portrait of a Maori chief by New Zealand artist Charles F Goldie (1870-1947) more than doubled its money in the space of five months after returning to its homeland from the UK.

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Dealers welcome delay in shift to quarterly digital tax returns

26 April 2017

The decision to delay and possibly shelve a requirement for businesses and the self-employed to file tax returns quarterly rather than yearly has been welcomed by dealer body BADA, which had lobbied against it.


Online bidding: Review of January-March 2017

21 April 2017

In the first of a series uncovering stories behind data from, Noelle McElhatton looks at the increasingly esoteric nature of high-value finds from house clearances

Your Gazette: any time, any device

10 April 2017

Editor’s comment: ‘User-friendly’ is a term with varying definitions. For readers of Antiques Trade Gazette, whose work requires them to hit the road often, it should mean the content they want is accessible in as many ways as possible wherever they are.

Brexit hopes of Artist’s Resale Right demise may be premature – but it could be amended

05 April 2017

In ATG’s coverage of Brexit in the past year, we regularly asked which EU-inspired law we could most live without. Unanimously the response was Artist’s Resale Right, a royalty on the resale of art hammered above €1000.

‘Extra obligations’ under new data protection law

01 April 2017

Stricter rules around the collection and use of data will have a “significant impact” on the art and antiques business, delegates at an Auction Technology Group (ATG) seminar in London were told last week.

Marco Forgione and Sadiq Khan

BADA chief lobbies Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on business rates rises and new tax reporting rules

03 March 2017

The chief executive of BADA, Marco Forgione, has lobbied Mayor of London Sadiq Khan on imminent hikes to business rates and changes to tax reporting that are set to impact the trade.

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Bowie and Ames collections help boost Sotheby’s profits in final months of 2016 but total year’s sales were down

28 February 2017

Sotheby’s returned to profit in the fourth quarter of 2016, attributing this to improved commissions and growing market confidence, though sales for 2016 overall were down.

Joe Trinder who joins Dawsons

Trinder leaves Wotton Auction Rooms to join Dawson’s

18 February 2017

Joe Trinder is leaving Wotton Auction Rooms, were he is auctioneer, valuer and cataloguer, to join start-up saleroom Dawson’s.