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“Our clients are not worried by the weird [and are] less concerned with art matching their sofas”.

Sotheby’s specialist George Gordon on the recent £1.8m sale of Portrait of Elisabet, court fool of Anne of Hungary.

“More than one person worked out what it was because it was not dirt cheap.”

Dealer Archie Parker on a portrait recently reattributed to Joseph Wright of Derby which will be offered at the upcoming LAPADA Fair.

“…one of, if not the finest, collections of Burmantofts put together by a private individual”.

Michael Jeffrey of Woolley & Wallis on 700-plus south of England collection which recently went at the Salisbury saleroom.

“The proposed new bureaucracy is bound to cripple the legitimate international trade in cultural goods.”

Vincent Geerling, chairman of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) on the new EU rules designed to improve checks on imports of ancient artefacts.

“I couldn't resist the opportunity to take over such a well-established antiques centre. There's a fantastic sales team and a great mix of tenants. All the right ingredients to build on past achievements and to be even more successful in the future.”

Dealer Paul Pedley, new owner of Newark Antiques and Interiors – formerly Newark Antiques Warehouse which former owner Nicholas Mellors closed earlier this year.