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“His experience of high political office, combined with his exceptional communication skills, led to a much greater appreciation within the government of the value of having a large and vibrant art market here in the UK.”

Anthony Browne, chairman of the British Art Market Federation, pays tribute to Lord Carrington who died at the age of 99 last week.

“The reason for the urgency is, of course, Brexit – we need to ensure exports are not held up on their way to the EU.”

Anthony Browne again, this time urging new culture minister Jeremy Wright to digitise export licences for artworks.

“It is SPK’s long-held belief that this case should not be heard in US court, and we remain committed to demonstrating that the case has no merit, as the Guelph Treasure’s sale more than 80 years ago was not a forced sale due to Nazi persecution.”

Dr Herman Parzinger, president of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, reacted to the decision by a Washington DC appeals court to allow a ‘Nazi forced sale’ claim against a spectacular collection of medieval devotional art to go to trial in the US.

“I don’t know how this unique manuscript left the possession of the Elgar Foundation or got into this lady’s hands. But one thing is certain. She has no proprietary right to it.”

A representative of The Elgar Foundation had a few words for the woman who presented a draft score of the composer’s Enigma Variations on a 2017 episode of BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, according to a report in The Times. David Mellor, chairman of the foundation, is threatening legal action.

“I suspect that there isn’t a single child who wouldn’t instantly recognise this wonderful depiction of The Hundred Acre Wood. [The Winnie-the-Pooh books] have never been brought out in the UK or US with illustrations by anyone else apart from EH Shepard.”

What was it that made EH Shepard’s map of the Hundred Acre Wood reach an auction record for any book illustration? Dr Philip Errington, director and senior specialist at Sotheby’s department of printed books and manuscripts took time to speculate.

“When I started at Knebworth the architectural salvage dealers were bringing huge pieces to the fair but over the past few years the trend seems to be statuary, gardenalia, pots, mirrors, ironware and all sort of other interesting decorative items.” 

Change has come in the form of a new trend to Sharon Blagroves flagship Bentleys Fairs event at Knebworth Park in Hertfordshire.