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IVORY DEBATE: ministers not convinced that extending ban to pre-1947 antiques would save elephants

07 February 2017

The government remains open-minded on proposals to extend its planned ban on trade in post-1947 ivory to antiques with ivory dating before this time, despite pressure from some MPs to do so.

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COMMENT: economics rather than heritage will persuade MPs to heed the antiques trade on ivory

31 January 2017

At ATG’s Seminar on CITES, Victoria Borwick MP started the ball rolling on our consultation with the government on ivory in a traditional way – by calling on the trade to write to their local MPs.

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Slideshow: see who attended the ATG Seminar on CITES on 19 January

25 January 2017

One of the largest-ever gatherings of auctioneers and dealers last week heard calls for a unified and proactive approach to the forthcoming government consultation on the UK ivory trade. See here for snaps from the day

Trade believes antiques are exempt from new Chinese ivory ban

03 January 2017

Antiques trade leaders are hopeful that China’s newly-announced plan to impose a total ban on the ivory trade in the country will exclude antique ivory.

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Building the best bidder experience – Auction Technology Group CEO John-Paul Savant on why the company has rebranded

29 November 2016

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually, if you’re John-Paul Savant, chief executive of the newly-rebranded Auction Technology Group, the company formerly known as ATG Media.

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BADA launches ivory certificates to reassure buyers and stop modern material entering market

02 November 2016

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association is launching an ivory object certification system for its members, as one response to the government’s push for proof of age whenever pre-1947 worked ivory is sold.

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Wildlife crime unit chief to tell ATG seminar on CITES: let’s prevent rather than prosecute

02 November 2016

The leader of the police body tackling wildlife crime has agreed to speak at the Antique Trade Gazette’s Seminar on CITES in January 2017, as the UK antiques sector faces the most serious threat ever to the trade of antique ivory.

ATG quotes of the week

They said what?! The week (10-16 Oct) in quotes from the art and antiques world

16 October 2016

In a new weekend series, Antiques Trade Gazette brings you a selection of quotes from dealers, auctioneers, collectors and others – from the future gazing to recalling past mistakes. For instance, which world famous art dealer sold a signed John Lennon album for a song?

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Irish trade dealing with the UK pin hopes on Brexit bounce and sterling’s fall in value

13 October 2016

The Irish antiques trade is hoping that Ireland will experience a ‘Brexit bounce’ to compensate for any negative impact when the UK, Ireland’s chief trading partner, leaves the EU.

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New book on Irish Georgian silver lifts lid on 18th century lifestyles and shopping habits

02 October 2016

A new book examines the silver trade in Georgian Dublin, from the perspectives of those who made, sold, bought and used objects made from silver and gold.

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‘Lost’ Victorian portrait ‘best ever seen’ on BBC's Antiques Roadshow

26 September 2016

A previously unknown Victorian work of art has been deemed the best and most valuable picture ever seen on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

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UK ivory ban threat: ‘government WILL consult antiques industry’

23 September 2016

The government is expected to announce that it will consult the antiques industry and other parties on the kind of proof that will be required to trade ivory pre-dating 1947, ATG has learned.

Ivory latest: Minister Andrea Leadsom to unveil a full ban on post-1947 ivory objects

21 September 2016

Environment minister Andrea Leadsom will tomorrow announce a full prohibition on the sale of ivory objects made after 1947, ATG has been told.

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UK dealers and auctioneers 'will have to prove ivory objects are 70 years old', sources say

21 September 2016

Auctioneers and dealers will have to provide proof that antique ivory is aged 70 years and older, according to media reports this morning.

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LAPADA FAIR 2016: ArtAncient scoop best stand for second year running

12 September 2016

ArtAncient, the Chelsea-based dealers in ancient art, natural history and historical objects of interest, have won Best Stand at the LAPADA Fair for the second year in a row.


FRANCE: Drouot porters go to jail while auctioneers get suspended sentences

06 September 2016

Former porters at the Hôtel Drouot, the communal saleroom facility used by most Paris auctioneers, have been sentenced to jail for the organised theft of thousands of artworks, a French court ruled on Tuesday September 6.

Victoria Borwick MP: ‘Brexit an opportunity to recast laws affecting UK art market’

01 September 2016

The antiques industry now has the chance to influence any rethinking of laws that have compromised its trade as the UK heads towards Brexit, the MP Victoria Borwick said this morning.

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Yeats painting owned by David Bowie for sale at Sotheby's in November

22 August 2016

A painting by Irish artist Jack B Yeats owned by the late David Bowie will be offered at Sotheby’s in November.

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Asian Art in London up for prestigious UK business award

09 August 2016

Asian Art in London, the annual festival celebrating art and antiques from Asia, has been nominated for a national business award against stiff competition.

COMMENT: As the clock ticks on ivory antiques, there are three things the industry must do

26 July 2016

As world legislators clamp down on the modern ivory trade, an ATG round table reveals the antique variety has a serious image problem to tackle