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"You may remember my name."

The opening line in Beatrix Potter’s letter to Henry Airey, Mayor of Kendal in 1937. The letter comes up for auction in February at 1818 Auctioneers.

“It was in a shocking condition having been smashed, glued back together and made into a table lamp. The repairs looked as if they were done by a 10-year-old.”

George Holtby of Charterhouse on a Chinese vase which nevertheless went for £3200 over a £400 high estimate.

“Down the years we have known many upheavals here – in the 1990s when they rebuilt the grandstand all the inside stalls were in a marquee in the middle of the racecourse. And that went on for 18 months.”

Edward Cruttedon of Sunbury Antiques Market reassures his public about the proposed sale of Kempton Park.

“The trade would welcome a discourse with conservationists to find a viable solution which protects elephants but not the destruction of our shared cultural and artistic heritage."

Victoria Borwick MP and the BADA president speaking at the ATG CITES seminar on the issue of the antique ivory trade.

“The buyers are now not collectors but are either investors or decorators. You don’t get the cognoscenti.”

Dealer Derek Johns, who has recently moved to Bury Street in London after 30 years on Duke Street, on how the trade has changed.

“The first thing is that we now have some clarity. It was reassuring that businesses will be given time to adapt through a phased transition period, but the devil will be in the detail.

“We will be pressing the government to negotiate the best possible deal.”

Rebecca Davies of LAPADA and Mark Dodgson of BADA, respectively, react to Theresa May’s speech on her strategy for leaving the EU. They will work together with BAMF to secure the trade’s future.