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.


Trumpeters

UK issues export bar for 18th century Indian watercolour miniature of “outstanding aesthetic importance”

17 November 2018

The UK government has issued an export bar for Nainsukh of Guler’s ‘Trumpeters’, valued at £550,000.

TEFAF vetting

TEFAF ‘says farewell’ to dealer and auction house vetters after change in global policy

06 November 2018

Art dealers and auction house experts have been struck from all TEFAF vetting panels following the introduction of a new global policy.

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Overhaul business rates despite Budget reprieve, say trade bodies

05 November 2018

The UK art and antiques trade is calling for an overhaul of the “archaic and regressive system” of business rates and dismissed the Budget rates relief announcement as “too little too late”.

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ATG letter: Deactivated weapons - why salerooms have to be aware

05 November 2018

MADAM – Responding to your article in ATG No 2365 ('UK salerooms 'not aware' of new laws on deactivated firearms'), I felt compelled to write in.

Bust of Peace

UK issues export bar for Antonio Canova’s Bust of Peace sculpture

02 November 2018

The UK government has issued an export bar on a previously lost Antonio Canova bust that sold at a Sotheby’s auction earlier this summer.

Budget briefcase

Business rates cut is relief for antiques dealers and art galleries

29 October 2018

Small antiques shops and art galleries have been given a reprieve on business rates with Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announcing a cut by a third for many small businesses.

UK auction rooms ‘not aware’ of new laws on deactivated firearms

29 October 2018

The National Ballistics and Intelligence Service (NABIS) has warned of a rise in defectively deactivated firearms offered at auction since the law changed this summer.

EU

No deal Brexit has “grave risks” for European art and antiques sector, warns trade body

29 October 2018

The UK government’s Brexit documents reveal that in the event of a no-deal with the European Union it will not be aligned with EU regulations on cross-border trade for cultural property.

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ATG letter: Does my piano now need 52 separate licences?

29 October 2018

MADAM – We have a once fine upright piano in our salerooms, sadly rejected now at three successive sales.

Lords amend search powers of civilian officers in ivory bill

29 October 2018

An amendment to the ivory bill raised in the House of Lords will limit the powers of accredited civilian officers.

Lord Inglewood

Ivory bill amendments will limit powers of the civilian officers enforcing trade ban

25 October 2018

An amendment to the ivory bill raised in the House of Lords will limit the powers of accredited civilian officers, a move welcomed by trade associations.

ASA

Advertising Standards Authority continues strict scrutiny of the display of fees in the auction market

22 October 2018

Auction house told it must improve the way it advertises extra sale charges and taxes

Piano keys

Export of piano keys ‘distort ivory statistics’

22 October 2018

New figures obtained by the BADA reveal that piano keys represent the vast majority of ivory items exported from the UK in the past three calendar years.

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Etruscan bronze returned to Italy 30 years after disappearance

17 October 2018

An Etruscan bronze lar statuette has been repatriated to Italy after more than 30 years with the help of the Art Loss Register.

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A lawyer writes: Art market intermediaries and the issue of definition

15 October 2018

The case of Russian billionaire businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev versus dealer Yves Bouvier highlights a widespread problem in the art world: the definition of the role of agent.

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Appeal for information following ‘Mission Impossible’ style theft at York antiques centre

09 October 2018

Red House Antiques Centre in York was the victim of an audacious ‘Mission Impossible’ style burglary.

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Tighten rules on trade in rhino horn says antiques dealer group BADA

08 October 2018

Dealer body BADA have called for a tougher stance in the run-up to wildlife conference.

ATG letter: The government's lack of compensation for owners of ivory after the ban is ‘not fair’

08 October 2018

MADAM – I reply to the letter from Louise Ravula and Jane Alexandra (ATG No 2359) on a number of points they made about the antiques industry's attitude to the forthcoming ivory ban.

Ivory ban law not expected until spring 2019

08 October 2018

Collectors and sellers of antique ivory are being told that the ivory ban is unlikely to become law before spring 2019, a longer lead-time than originally thought.

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Sotheby’s refutes $380m fraud claim filed in New York court

05 October 2018

Sotheby’s has described a claim filed in New York that it conspired to defraud the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev as “entirely without merit”.

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