Endangered species: ivory

ATG letter: No compensation after ivory ban comes into effect

23 April 2018

MADAM – The government’s ill-conceived attack on antique ivory will likely mean that two pieces in my home – a 19th century Cantonese puzzle-ball chess set and my wife’s Corpus Christi acquired shortly after our marriage 50 years ago – now have no value in probate.


No rolling 100-year date for ivory ban

16 April 2018

BADA has clarified a key element of the government’s proposals for a near-complete ivory ban – the stipulation that all items qualifying for the ‘rarest and most important of its type’ and portrait miniature exemptions must be 100 years old.

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The ivory ban: ATG answers reader questions about the new law's implications for antique ivory

09 April 2018

Roland Arkell and Noelle McElhatton on what the new ivory law could mean for art and antiques.


The ivory ban: the antique objects that could not be traded under the new law

09 April 2018

ATG selects objects with ivory – from teasets to Art Deco figures – recently sold at auction that may become illegal to sell under the law

The ivory ban: proposed changes to the law at a glance

09 April 2018

The new, as yet unnamed law will allow for narrow exemptions to the ban. These comprise:

De minimis exemption becomes the new battleground in antique ivory sales ban

09 April 2018

The art and antiques trade is calling on the government to re-think its planned restrictions on the sale of antique items containing small amounts of elephant ivory.

COMMENT: Now's not the time for the trade to throw in the towel regarding the ivory ban

09 April 2018

The general parameters of the government’s ivory ban, on the cards for years, are finally clear. As always with issues of CITES, the devil will be in the detail. Though the trade feels despondent in the face of the ban, a small concession on the currently very narrow 'de minimis' rule will make the ban a lot more manageable.


ATG Letter: Why Defra's ‘de minimis’ provision for antique ivory is ‘extraordinarily impractical’

09 April 2018

MADAM – Defra’s findings outlined in the post-consultation document include an extraordinarily impractical provision for the ‘de minimis’ exemption – requiring registration (with an as yet unspecified fee) of all objects with an ivory content below 10% created before 1947.

ATG Letter: 'The ivory ban is about Michael Gove playing politics, not saving elephants'

09 April 2018

MADAM – I concur with everything that Michael Baggott wrote in ATG No 2235.


IVORY BAN – industry leaders react: “We will draw the government’s attention to the ban’s inconsistencies”

03 April 2018

An idea that began life in 2015 with a Tory government manifesto pledge for a total ban on the UK trade in ivory has finally taken shape, though not as draconian as originally pitched and not yet set in legislative stone.


Ivory sales ban launched in UK by Environment Secretary Michael Gove

03 April 2018

An ivory sales ban has been launched by the UK government including a number of exemptions for certain items containing ivory.

DEFRA spokesman says expect response to ivory consultation ‘shortly’

02 April 2018

The Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) is expected to publish a response to the ivory ban consultation this month.

Ivory debate

Expert panel discusses controversial ivory trade ban at The Courtauld Institute

26 March 2018

How an ivory ban proposed by government will actually work is the focus for the art market, according to a panel of experts at The Courtauld Institute.


ATG letter: Let’s have discussion without bias on antiques ivory issue

26 March 2018

MADAM – I was open-mouthed in disbelief to see again opinion discussed as fact when the ivory issue was aired on national television (ATG No 2334).

ATG letter: Shame of early ivory purchases

26 March 2018

MADAM – I have pieces of antique elephant tusk ivory that I collected unconcerned about the (now well-known) conservation problems.


Ivory debated on the breakfast sofa

19 March 2018

Leaders of four African countries have called on the UK and the EU to ban the trade in antique ivory to help stop elephant poaching.

William George sets up group ‘Auctioneers against ivory’

19 March 2018

William George, an online-only auctioneer which ceased trading antique ivory in 2017, is setting up a group called Auctioneers Against Ivory for auctioneers considering their own antique ivory strategies.

ATG Letter: Taking issue with Two Million Tusks' assertions

12 March 2018

MADAM – Last week (ATG No 2332) you published a response from lobby group Two Million Tusks to my suggestion that there should be a TV programme on the subject of ivory.

ATG letter: Tell the full story of ivory

05 March 2018

MADAM – We write in response to the letter written by Daniel Fearon suggesting a special BBC Antiques Roadshow programme to discuss/ showcase objects solely made of, or incorporating ivory (ATG No 2330).

ATG letter: Corruption allows poaching to thrive

26 February 2018

MADAM – No amount of banning the sale of the millions of items containing antique ivory will stop the wholesale slaughter of elephants in Africa.