Law, crime and regulation

Legal cases, stolen art, regulation and tax issues remain important part of the art and antiques sector.

This category ranges from the levy of the Artist’s Resale Right to controversies over fakes and forgeries.


Statue

Ancient Libyan statue returned home with the help of The British Museum and HMRC

11 May 2021

A funerary statue from Cyrene (near present-day Shahhat in Libya) dating to the 2nd century BC is being returned to Libya.

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Benin plaque withdrawn from auction after curator raises provenance questions

03 May 2021

The increasingly contentious issue of selling Benin works of art at auction raised its head again last week after an ancestral plaque catalogued as 16th or 17th century was withdrawn from an East Sussex sale.

Meissen clock

Rare $2m Meissen collection restituted to Jewish family comes to market in New York this autumn

28 April 2021

A collection of Meissen porcelain assembled by the Oppenheimer family and recently restituted to their heirs is coming to auction this September.

Portrait of a Girl by Isaack Luttichuys

National Gallery acquires fourth picture from late art patron via tax scheme

20 April 2021

The National Gallery has taken ownership of a portrait by Isaack Luttichuys (1616-73), the first work by the artist to enter a British public collection.

Final chance for EU cultural goods consultation

19 April 2021

The art and antiques sector has until April 21 to submit feedback on new rules on the import of cultural goods proposed by the European Union.

European Commission

Call for feedback on EU’s cultural goods importation rules

14 April 2021

The art and antiques sector has until April 21 to submit feedback on new rules proposed by the European Union on the import of cultural goods.

Anti Money Laundering

Art Market Participants: AMLS rebrands as ECS

12 April 2021

HMRC has renamed its Anti Money Laundering Supervision team as Economic Crime Supervision (ECS). The services will continue as normal.

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S Franses returns to court over lease dispute

12 April 2021

Tapestry and textiles specialist S Franses is to face its landlord in court for the fourth time next month.

ATG letter: Ivory fees – another committee fiasco

29 March 2021

MADAM – As I read the ‘Fees proposal for ivory exemptions’ story (front page, ATG No 2484), I was overwhelmed by an attack of the Victor Meldrews.

Coins

Lorry driver sentenced after Bulgarian coins and antiquities seized at Dover

24 March 2021

A Bulgarian man has been jailed for two years after antiquities estimated to be worth more than £76,000 were found in his lorry by Border Force in Dover, Kent.

Daniel Quare pocket watch

Plea to help track down stolen Daniel Quare pocket watch

20 March 2021

A Daniel Quare pocket watch has gone missing in transit and its owner hopes the trade may help locate it.

The Open Art Fair

The Open Art Fair loses court appeal over early closure

15 March 2021

BADA Ltd, the organiser of The Open Art Fair, has lost an appeal against a small claims court ruling that said two dealers need pay only part of their stand fee as the event was cut short.

Cleopatra Dying statue

Fees proposal for ivory exemptions

15 March 2021

The UK government is proposing a fee structure to cover the costs of processing antiques that qualify as exemptions under the 2018 Ivory Act.

Obituary: Art recovery specialist Charles Hill (1947-2021)

15 March 2021

For those who have studied or have even a passing interest in the field of art crime, Charles (or Charley) Hill was one of the giants in the world of recovering stolen masterpieces – from Munch’s 'The Scream' to Vermeer and Goya and many more.

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ATG letter: Ivory objects should be assessed by the auctioneers

15 March 2021

MADAM – Re ‘EU propose ban on import and export of antique ivory’, front page, ATG No 2480.

Defra sign

Consultation on exemption process for Ivory Act launched

10 March 2021

The UK Government has launched a consultation on how exemptions to allow the trade in some items under the Ivory Act will be implemented and processed.

Ivory monkey

Police probe provenance of Meiji ivories

08 March 2021

Police are investigating the provenance of a collection of Japanese ivories in connection with a high-value burglary in Surrey.

Intellectual Property Office

Euro will remain the currency for Artist’s Resale Right, says UK government

01 March 2021

The UK government has confirmed to ATG that it has “no plans to make changes to either the rates of Artist’s Resale Right that are applied or how the levy operates” following the post-Brexit trade deal agreed with the EU.

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Rules Britannia: a guide through the myriad of CITES regulations

01 March 2021

Brexit, CITES, new ivory act on the way… it can be hard for the UK art and antiques trade to keep up with the many regulations. However, the good news is that much of CITES has not changed fundamentally, as this update from expert Kim McDonald of The Taxidermy Law Company reveals

ATG letter: Sculpture association's EU ivory trade ban concerns

01 March 2021

MADAM – We are concerned about the imminent imposition of restrictions to limit the trade of ivory works of art within the European Union (front page, ATG No 2480).

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