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.


Hansons Derbyshire

Jewellery taken during ram raid at Hansons auction house

22 April 2024

Hansons’ saleroom in Derbyshire has been the victim of a ram-raid break-in.

La Psyché by Eva Gonzalès

The National Gallery buys its first work by Impressionist painter Eva Gonzalès

22 April 2024

A painting by French Impressionist painter Eva Gonzalès has been acquired by The National Gallery via a private treaty sale from a British collection for a “tax-advantageous price” of £1.49m.

Goldsmiths' Hall

How to spot faked or forged antique silver hallmarks

16 April 2024

Delegates attending the latest Goldsmiths’ Company London Assay Office seminar on April 12 were warned to be alert for faked objects purporting to be by the preeminent 18th century Huguenot silversmith Paul de Lamerie (1688-1751).

Danzig Harbour

Painting taken from Jewish family’s Berlin home restituted with help of The Art Loss Register

16 April 2024

A painting belonging to a Jewish family who were forced to flea Germany under the Nazi’s has been returned to the family’s remaining heir with the help of The Art Loss Register.

Jewellery

Art and antiques trade warned about latest rise in thefts

15 April 2024

The antique jewellery and precious metals trade has been warned to stay vigilant in the face of a rise in attacks and thefts.

Ian Towning

Police appeal after violent robbery at Ian Towning’s Chelsea antiques centre

03 April 2024

Two thugs armed with hammers targeted Bourbon Hanby Antiques Arcade and smashed cabinets and attacked three people.

GF Watts self-portrait

Self-portrait by George Frederic Watts acquired by Watts Gallery via tax deal

03 April 2024

A self-portrait by artist George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) has been acquired by Watts Gallery in Compton, near Guildford.

UK Parliament London

Pounds replace euros as currency for Artist's Resale Right in UK

02 April 2024

A change to Artist's Resale Right in the UK means the levy will now be calculated in pounds rather than euros.

Cabinet

Police appeal for witnesses following theft at Congleton antiques centre

02 April 2024

Valuable silver and jewellery lost after smash-and-grab in Cheshire

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Art and antiques given as corporate gifts: not just producing a feel-good factor but tax benefits too

01 April 2024

A new consultancy firm has been launched by two former Arts Council advisers, specialising in the UK’s policy and laws governing the movement of cultural property.

Eucharist

Poussin’s Last Supper painting purchased by The National Gallery via Acceptance in Lieu deal

26 March 2024

The National Gallery has acquired 'Eucharist' (c.1637-40), a depiction of the Last Supper, by Nicolas Poussin (1594–1664).

European Commission

Art and antiques trade unites against EU import rules

25 March 2024

Art and antiques trade associations have stepped up their campaign to “dilute the worst effects” of the incoming EU import licensing regulation which comes into force next summer.

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A lawyer writes: Whether it’s art trade or football, principles relating to the role of agents are just the same

25 March 2024

Heavyweight court case of buyer and adviser underlines the possible disputes

Stolen silver

Burglar who cut a hole in the floor to steal antique silver from an army museum is jailed

20 March 2024

A man who broke into the Royal Lancers & Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum in Nottinghamshire has been jailed.

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Seminar returns after ‘surge in de Lamerie fakes’

11 March 2024

A fakes and forgeries seminar at Goldsmiths’ Hall is returning after a five-year hiatus as concerns emerge of a rise in Paul de Lamerie forgeries.

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Call for new rules on ‘cold cast bronzes’

11 March 2024

A surge in websites selling ‘cold-cast bronzes’ – sometimes passing them off as original metal alloy sculptures – has led to calls for tighter rules to distinguish them from genuine works.

Laptop

Cyber criminals target art and antiques dealers

04 March 2024

Dealers have been targeted by cyber criminals setting up copycat scam sites and tampering with existing websites.

Ethiopian shield

Ethiopian shield taken from battle of Maqdala withdrawn from auction

01 March 2024

The owner of an 19th century Ethiopian shield has decided to withdraw it from auction at Anderson & Garland.

Bacchus intaglio

British Museum unveils classical gems exhibition following return of stolen items

20 February 2024

The British Museum is showcasing classical gems that were recovered after a long-running theft was exposed.

ATG issues

New online group aims to support dealers being targeted by thieves

19 February 2024

Market traders and dealers at fairs are being urged to join a Facebook group to share information to protect themselves from gangs of thieves.

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