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“I haven’t yet had to worry about being assassinated or kidnapped…but I do feel a similar burden of trying to persuade ministers not to take our highly successful art trade for granted.”

Christopher Battiscombe, the director general of Society London Art Dealers (SLAD), comparing his current job with his previous career of working in the Diplomatic Service.

“Unfortunately at the moment it’s being made to sound like there are bulldozers at the front gate. That just isn’t the case and for us, it’s business as usual.”

Edward Cruttenden of Sunbury Antiques Market on the proposed redevelopment of Kempton Park.

“Oliver Cromwell is not remembered with any affection in Ireland and Irish-related artefacts from the Commonwealth are excessively rare."

Ian Whyte of Whyte’s of Dublin on the IS porringer, an extremely rare piece of Irish silver from the last year of the Commonwealth. It sold for £25,000 at Sworders to Whyte bidding on behalf of a collector.

“We are very happy to be handing over to Ingrid’s tender care. She was always my choice if I wasn’t doing it.”

Louise Walker on the sale and handover of The Harrogate Antique and Fine Art Fair, re-launched as The Northern Antiques Fair as Ingrid Nilson this year.

“Our country house auctions will become larger enable buyers to view the full spectrum of high-quality items available in one sale. This has become the trend across the country as the antiques auctioneering industry responds to market preferences.” 

Jeremy Lamond, fine art director at Halls, speaking about trends in the auction world.