Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton
Is the price right? At Olympia, dealers give buyers their tips on negotiation15 November 2019
A fair’s last day is traditional hunting ground for buyers seeking discounts. This timing may be misguided, however, as ATG learned in the closing hours of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia London
Dealers and collectors make their final challenge to Ivory Act13 November 2019
A High Court judge has granted dealers and collectors permission to take their Ivory Act 2018 challenge to the Court of Appeal, a move that could delay the law’s enforcement into spring next year.
National Gallery appeals for £2m from public to buy Gentileschi masterpiece12 November 2019
London’s National Gallery is asking for the public’s help to raise the final £2m required to buy 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) from its owner, entrepreneur and founder of the DFS furniture retailer, Graham Kirkham.
Appeal planned after High Court legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails11 November 2019
A High Court judge has turned down an attempt by a group of dealers and collectors of antique ivory to stop the Ivory Act 2018 coming into force.
When two into one does go11 November 2019
Of the more than 200 jewellery lots for sale at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on October 26, a 15ct gold double bracelet (below) displaying Victorian engineering ingenuity was among the most contested.
Christie’s seeks exemption from Chinese import tax in US08 November 2019
Christie’s has been praised for its stance on US tariffs on Chinese art after it became the first art market firm to seek exclusion from the tax, part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Late in October, Christie’s applied for exemption from a “punishing” import tax on seven types of Chinese art.
ABA’s Chelsea fair hosts book buyers and browsers: photo special07 November 2019
The ABA’s Chelsea fair is pitched at all levels of buying expertise and budgets. On the event's second day, Saturday November 2, ATG went to Chelsea Old Town Hall to record the action
Legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails – but dealers and collectors are considering an appeal05 November 2019
A High Court challenge by dealers and collectors to a new UK law ushering in a near-total ban on the antique ivory has failed, but an appeal is possible.
Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Surrey reopens as a 'lifestyle business' four years after devastating fire03 November 2019
One of Surrey’s landmark antiques businesses, the Bourne Mill Antique Centre, is to reopen, four years after a fire devastated the Grade II-listed building and following a dispute with the building’s insurers.
BADA chief Forgione steps down to head trade body28 October 2019
The British Antique Dealers’ Association is “considering options” after its chief executive, Marco Forgione, resigned to head the Institute of Export and International Trade.
Luring the Millennials – and younger28 October 2019
At a vintage and collectables fair in Brighton, 20-somethings were on the hunt for usable antiques.
Brighton Love Fairs dealer focus: Warren Wilkinson28 October 2019
For many millennials, a smartphone has replaced the wristwatch as a timekeeper, but it is also their essential tool when exploring the vintage variety.
BADA chief Marco Forgione leaving after four years to head export trade body23 October 2019
As the new head of the Institute of Export and International Trade, Marco Forgione vows to “advocate, in the strongest terms, for the vital role of antiques and art in global trade”.
Ivory Act: expect result of court review next month21 October 2019
Dealers and collectors who last week brought a judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018 must wait until November for judgment in the case.
Story time - objects with a compelling tale21 October 2019
A wealth of objects shelter under the great ‘Asian art’ umbrella – together representing five millennia of artistic endeavour across one quarter of the globe. Here we preview a series of Asian art objects available for sale at galleries and auctions over the next month, and each from a different moment in time or geography. From the cult of Monju to the beginning of a new Japanese imperial era – all tell a compelling tale.
High Court ivory act case: 'no need to prove causal link between trade in antiques and modern ivory poaching'17 October 2019
The government does not have to “show a causal connection” between the UK’s trade in antique ivory and the poaching of modern ivory, a barrister representing DEFRA said in court today.
Art and antiques dealers take government to court over Ivory Act16 October 2019
“No reputable dealer wants to see elephants dead” was among the opening remarks by the QC acting for a group of dealers and collectors challenging the Ivory Act 2018, at the High Court today.
Revised anti-money laundering rules: five tips for auctioneers at the NAVA Forum15 October 2019
A change to EU law, requiring auction houses, dealers and agents in art and antiques to carry out checks on transactions and customers, will come into force in January 2020 – regardless of Brexit.
NAVA novice auctioneers hear how 'the ability to inspire bidders' is key to their careers11 October 2019
Mastery of the challenging but essential art of engaging with bidders helped one young auctioneer win the coveted NAVA ‘Novice Auctioneer of the Year’ award this week.
Putting the ‘f’ into Peterborough’s antiques festival07 October 2019
For the first Peterborough Festival of Antiques under IACF ownership, continuity was the order of the day. In future, however, the fair organiser will look to extend the appeal of this public-oriented event.