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1) Revealed: Ivory Act exemptions so far

Following a Freedom of Information Request by Antiques Trade Gazette, the agency charged with administering The Ivory Act has issued some data on the controversial law.

Murshidabad chairs

In July 2022 four Murshidabad chairs from a suite of ivory and gilt furniture including a sofa sold for £3.1m at Christie’s. The sale appeared to be the first auction lot to benefit from the exemption to the Ivory Act allowing the sale of items of ‘outstandingly high artistic, cultural and historical value’.

2) Rare collection of Shakespeare’s four Folios and poems offered by London dealer

Bookseller Peter Harrington is commemorating the 400th anniversary of the publication of William Shakespeare’s First Folio with the sale of a rare collection of works.

Peter Harrington's Pom Harrington and Adam Douglas

Pom Harrington and Adam Douglas of Peter Harrington with the four Folios.


3) Dealers seek refunds after York fair cancellation

Dealers who had planned to stand at the Antique Home & Vintage Fair in York have been attempting to receive a refund for deposits paid to organiser Richard Cawood after the event was cancelled.

Dealers stand in York

Dealers Spa Vintage's stand at a previous Antique Home & Vintage Fair in York in September 2019.

4) Moorcroft exhibition vase stars in our pick of five auction highlights

ATG’s weekly selection of items that caught bidders’ eyes included a Moorcroft vase made for a 1937 exhibition that made over six times estimate in the West Midlands.

Moorcroft Waving Corn pattern exhibition vase

Moorcroft Waving Corn pattern exhibition vase, £4900 at Fieldings.

5) Lucie Rie bowl given to her cleaning lady emerges at auction

With estimates from £300, our five previews of items coming up at auction included a bowl given by studio potter Lucie Rie (1902-95) to her cleaning lady.

Lucie Rie bowl

A Lucie Rie 1980s footed bowl, estimate £20,000-30,000 at at Chiswick Auctions.

This list is based on pageviews for individual news stories over the period March 23-29, 2023.