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.


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Renewed plea to help find missing Martinware pieces from Ealing council

01 December 2020

A group of Martinware pottery items stolen across two break-ins back in 2005 and 2007 from buildings owned by Ealing Council are still missing but there are hopes some can be recovered.

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Trade delight as markets and dealers reopen

30 November 2020

The art and antiques sector breathed a sigh of relief with the news that shops and centres, auction houses, markets and some fairs can reopen in England from December 2.

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Plea to help find missing Darwin notebooks

24 November 2020

Cambridge University Library has launched a public appeal for help to locate two missing notebooks from its archive – including one with Charles Darwin’s famous 1837 ‘Tree of Life’ sketch.

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Martinware theft: Ealing bird found

23 November 2020

A missing Martinware bird has been recovered more than 15 years after it was stolen from Southall Library in Ealing, west London.

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Money laundering rules and the issue of client details

23 November 2020

Do dealers have to disclose details of their clients to other dealers?

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Plea to help find Spitfire pilot’s stolen photo

18 November 2020

A Spitfire pilot and his family are appealing to the public and the antiques trade to spot a stolen photograph.

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News In Brief – including restrictions on antique firearms and the return of stolen books to dealers

16 November 2020

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including news of a crackdown on antique firearms and the recovery of stolen books.

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Police return £2.5m rare books to dealers but four still missing after west London raid

12 November 2020

Rare books stolen in a ‘Mission: Impossible-style’ raid on a warehouse in west London in 2017 have been returned after a joint operation with Met police officers and Romanian authorities.

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Online trading and working behind closed doors during lockdown get the green light

04 November 2020

The government has confirmed that art and antiques businesses in England will be able to continue trading behind closed doors during the new lockdown.

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Public cash call to help keep Armada maps in the UK

03 November 2020

The National Museum of the Royal Navy hopes to raise £600,000 to stop the export of a group of hand-drawn Armada maps to an overseas buyer.

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Top stories this week – including news of a stolen £2.5m Ming vase being recovered in London

01 November 2020

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of a 15th century Chinese vase stolen in Switzerland and valued at around £2.5m being recovered in London by the Met Police.

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Ming dynasty vase recovered in London after Swiss theft

28 October 2020

A 15th century Chinese vase valued at around £2.5m has been recovered in London by the Met Police.

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Trade fears axe of VAT-free shopping for tourists after Brexit

26 October 2020

A government plan to end VAT-free shopping for international visitors next year will impact the UK art and antiques trade, say dealers.

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Antiques centre owner warns others of thieves’ technique after sky light break-in

21 October 2020

The owner of an antiques centre has warned others to be vigilant and take extra precautions after being broken into via a sky light.

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New anti money laundering cost to the art trade 'entirely inappropriate'

19 October 2020

First, regulation under the Anti Money Laundering (AML) Regime and now to follow, a government levy to pay for the privilege?

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Trade threatened by £100m anti money laundering levy

19 October 2020

The art market is lobbying government to try to stop a new levy on the sector for Anti Money Laundering initiatives.

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Rare glazed 14th century tiles to be returned to Uzbekistan with help from the British Museum and UK Border Force

13 October 2020

A collection of glazed tiles believed to be 14th century examples from a memorial complex near Samarkand are to be returned to Uzbekistan.

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ATG letter: Praise for police book crime response

12 October 2020

MADAM – it’s heartwarming to read that a number of stolen, extremely rare books have been recovered by the Met police in cooperation with the Romanian police (News, ATG No 2461).

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Help locate stolen rocking horse

08 October 2020

A family are asking for help from the trade to look out for a stolen rocking horse.

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ILAB president announces launch of missing books database following re-election

07 October 2020

Australian book dealer Sally Burdon said she will use her second term as ILAB president to consolidate changes and launch a new missing books register following the international book trade association’s recent election.

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