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“A defining and life‐altering moment.”

John Schaeffer whose major collection of high Victorian art goes under the hammer at Sotheby’s Australia this month. For the full story click here.

“Ivory objects will become bogged down in an irreconcilable mire of ‘is it or isn’t it’ debate in an unworkable licensing system.”

Marc Allum, consultant, writer and broadcaster, on the ivory ban. For the full letter see ATG 2338.

"With the portrait of Juan de Pareja by Velázquez in the Metropolitan Museum in New York – which was exported from the UK in 1971 amid much controversy – it is also the most positive and dignified representation of a black person in 17th century European art.”

Aidan Weston-Lewis of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art and Objects of Cultural Interest on the export ban recently placed on an oil sketch by Rubens. For the full story click here.

“Beryl made her career out of buying and selling but it was her passion more than a job; she also took very special care sorting her cartes de visite into categories, thus indicating her dedication to defining and presenting the past in the best possible way.”

Hugo Marsh, director of Special Auction Services, which offers the huge Jubilee collection compiled by Beryl Vosburgh on May 3. For the full story click here.

“When the fellow phoned up from Tait’s family I gasped because if you know a little bit about SAS history you are aware he designed the badge, was a very early member and a friend of founder David Stirling. It definitely has a certain cachet about it.”

Steven Bosley of auction house Bosleys on the consignment of Duncan Tait’s Military medal. Tait designed the SAS winged dagger badge. For the full story see ATG 2338.

“His taste veered from the surreal, such as a pair of Regency waxwork figures, to Venetian blackamoor torchères, to the turquoise Burmantofts and Minton shells that were so ubiquitous in chic interiors of the time.”

Meredith Etherington-Smith on the collection of Lord Berners’ Faringdon House at Christie’s on April 17. For the full story click here.