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.

Modigliani drawing

Boss of failed firm Trinity House Paintings ‘delays admin process’

22 January 2024

Steven Beale, former director of the failed Cotswold art dealership Trinity House Paintings, has not cooperated with the administrators causing “significant time costs” and delays, according to their latest report.

Kenneth Armitage sculpture

Plea to trace Kenneth Armitage sculpture stolen from Sloane Street Auctions

22 January 2024

A sculpture due to be offered at Sloane Street Auctions has been stolen from its gallery.

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A lawyer writes: Art world needs to be aware of stricter copyright definitions

22 January 2024

Recent Court of Appeal judgment confirms a more demanding test of when copyright applies

Stolen mantel clock

Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.


The art of inheritance: be aware of the probate and tax implications

15 January 2024

Ahead of possible changes mooted for the next year, here two experts explain what the current rules in England and Wales mean for anybody inheriting art, antiques and collectables. By Gregor Kleinknecht, MEUM Law, and Lee Moss, Rawlinson & Hunter

Gold pin brooch

Appeal after £2000 worth of jewellery stolen from Norfolk antiques centre

13 January 2024

An antiques centre in Holt, Norfolk is appealing for help to recover stolen jewellery taken during a theft.

Fra Angelico panel

Export block on Fra Angelico panel and museums compete for 12th-century walrus ivory carving

09 January 2024

Two rare artworks sold through auction houses Christie’s and Sotheby’s have been temporarily blocked from export to give UK museums a chance to buy the multi-million-pound treasures.

Viper by Ben Nicholson

Police investigate collapsed Cotswold art gallery

08 January 2024

Cotswold art gallery Trinity House Paintings, which went into administration in June 2023, is being investigated by West Mercia Police.


ATG letter: Some Temporary Admission rules to be aware of

08 January 2024

I read your article in ATG No 2623 regarding UK imports set to become easier and the topic of Temporary Admission (TA) with interest.

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CITES saga: a client stuck in a Kafkaesque world

02 January 2024

A lawyer writes: Case study of an ivory import shows how frustrating the system can become

Prince Caspian

More than £50m of art, antiques and collectables acquired by the nation

20 December 2023

The latest annual Cultural Gifts Scheme and Acceptance in Lieu Annual Report has been published detailing the artworks and objects that will go on show to the public.

Anthony Browne

UK imports process set to become easier

18 December 2023

Importing art and antiques into the UK via the Temporary Admissions (TA) procedure could soon become easier following government plans for a strategic review and simplification of the system.

Hans Coper vase

Call for UK museum to buy rare Hans Coper bottle vase owned by Henry Moore

13 December 2023

A bottle vase by the famed studio potter Hans Coper which was owned by the world-renowned sculptor Henry Moore has been blocked from export in the hope a UK institution can raise the £600,000 price tag.

British Museum

British Museum to improve security, record keeping and audits

12 December 2023

The independent review of the British Museum in the wake of thefts from its collection has been published.

Angelo Campanella print

Art Fund and Arts Council England launch initiative to encourage art donations

05 December 2023

A new publication by Art Fund and Arts Council England seeks to raise awareness about how owners of art and antiques can donate to institutions.

ATG letter: Another UNESCO initiative, another series of bogus claims and statistics

04 December 2023

UNESCO is at it again, launching an initiative linked to antiquities with a series of bogus statistics to justify it.

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Top stories this week including a warning for Cornishware collectors

26 November 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included a conviction for ‘fake’ Cornishware jars.

Edouard-Leon Cortés picture

Painting stolen in US recovered in UK after missing for 60 years

22 November 2023

A painting by post-impressionist artist Edouard-Leon Cortés (1882-1969) has been recovered after being stolen in the US sometime in the 1950s-60s.

Cornishware jars

Warning for Cornishware collectors following ‘fakes’ convictions

20 November 2023

Vintage Cornishware collectors and dealers have been warned to be aware of possible fakes on the market following the conviction of a couple for fraud.

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Top stories this week including concerns over new rules for selling upholstered furniture

19 November 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of how the antiques trade may be hit by government proposals regarding post-1950 upholstered furniture.