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“There are things in people’s homes that they might not even realise have ivory in them.”

Victoria Borwick, president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association on BBC’s Today programme. She was opposing actress and animal right campaigner Virginia McKenna who has called on the Antiques Roadshow to ban all ivory objects and appeared alongside her on the show.

“In a way, Battersea is another opportunity to sell instead of consigning at South Ken – it fills a void.”

Nic McElhatton, ex-Christie’s South Kensington boss now dealer and consultant, on his debut at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair.

“We do believe they are out there. We are appealing to anyone who has – or think they might have – a ‘lost’ Ravilious watercolour to get in touch and help us complete this ambitious project.”

Art historian James Russell who is currently compiling a definitive catalogue of Eric Ravilious’ watercolours.

“It was one of the finest pipe collections to come to auction in recent years and the pipe-collecting community was out in force.”

Daniel Wright, auctioneer at Reeman Dansie, on a single-owner collection of pipes it sold

“These adjustments reflect the exclusion of certain transactions which are reported by HMRC but where there is no change of ownership.”

A spokesperson from the Office of National Statistics on the announcement that export of paintings and sculpture from the UK last year helped the country reduce its trade deficit.

“He had a confidence in assembling exquisite works of art from all over the world to create a unified and intriguing whole.”

The Earl of Snowdon on Sir David Tang in the auction catalogue for the sale of the Hong Kong businessman’s collection coming up at Christie’s.