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“This is a complex problem which needs to be solved sensitively.”

Lord Carrington speaks in Parliamentary debate on the proposed ivory ban.

“There’s such a bias in the trade towards west London which is a real shame when you think about all the creative and dynamic things going on in the east and south-east.”

Kitty Walsh of Modern Folk ahead of the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair, which takes place in east London.

“So many fairs have gone by the wayside due to difficulties with venues and costs. The addition of glass, we hope, will give us a wider audience and goes hand in hand with ceramics.”

Stephanie Castell of Two C’s Antiques Fairs, now running the revamped London Ceramics Fair.

“Another difficult year.”

Chairman Harry Wilson of troubled stamp-dealing company Stanley Gibbons Group as it reported on the half year to the end of September 2017.

“Interest in studio pottery is on a high. Prices for Hans Coper and Lucie Rie are regularly reported but with this academically formed private sale the interest stretched further to include the Leach tradition, a fine collection of William Staite Murray and more contemporary potters such as John Ward and Jennifer Lee.”

Woolley & Wallis specialist Michael Jeffery following the auctioneer’s pre-Christmas pottery sale.