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Harpsichord

Government issues export bar for 18th century harpsichord in hope of finding UK buyer

15 January 2019

The owner of an 18th century double-manual harpsichord, the only one of its type known to exist, has been temporarily prevented from exporting the instrument by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Pontormo

Government to gain more powers to keep art treasures in the UK

19 December 2018

The government is launching a consultation on the future of the export system for art, antiques and antiquities, with the aim of forcing owners to ‘honour their commitment’ to sell when a matching offer is made from a UK buyer.

Walton Bridges

UK issues export bar for £3.4m Turner masterpiece sold at Sotheby’s auction

30 November 2018

The UK government has issued an export bar for JMW Turner’s ‘Walton Bridges’, valued at £3.4m.

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.

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.

Armada

Government issues export bar for Spanish Armada painting in hope of finding UK buyer

15 September 2018

A rare 16th century painting depicting the defeat of the Spanish Armada is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £210,000.

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Italy’s decision to cancel export licence “undermines trust”, says dealer

03 September 2018

An art dealership that sold a portrait of Napoleon’s brother-in-law to The Frick Collection in New York has strongly criticised Italy’s decision to retrospectively rescind its export licence.

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’Giotto’ export an issue for Italy says High Court

06 August 2018

The owner of a rediscovered painting attributed to Giotto has lost a High Court battle over its export from the EU.

Dickens table

Government issues export bar for Charles Dickens’ table in hope of finding UK buyer

28 July 2018

A table used by novelist Charles Dickens is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match the asking price of £67,600.

Madonna and Child

Owner of rediscovered Giotto valued at £10m loses High Court battle over export

27 July 2018

The owner of a rediscovered early Renaissance painting has been blocked from taking the work to Switzerland after a High Court judge rejected her claim over the granting of an export licence.

New culture minister urged to introduce digital export licences

16 July 2018

New culture minister Jeremy Wright, appointed after a Cabinet reshuffle prompted by the resignation of David Davis and Boris Johnson, is being asked to prioritise the introduction of digital export licences for art works in time for Brexit.

Jeremy Wright MP

New culture minister urged to digitise export licences for art works

12 July 2018

New culture minister Jeremy Wright, appointed this week after a Cabinet reshuffle prompted by the resignation of David Davis and Boris Johnson, is being asked to prioritise the introduction of digital export licences for art works in time for Brexit.

Book trade seeks to add thresholds to EU cultural law

02 July 2018

The antiquarian book trade is lobbying for changes to the proposed EU law designed to crack down on imports of cultural goods ‘more than 250 years old’.

Giotto

Art dealer in court over export of Giotto painting

29 June 2018

A London art dealer is in a high court battle with the Arts Council over the export of a Giotto di Bondone painting valued at £10m.

Dali

Buyer sought to keep Salvador Dalí champagne lamps in the UK

02 June 2018

Lamps designed by surrealist artist Salvador Dalí have been blocked from export in the hope a buyer can be found to pay £440,000 to keep them in the UK.

Derby

‘Informal and youthful’: candlelit painting by Joseph Wright placed under temporary export bar

05 May 2018

An early painting by British artist Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-97) is at risk of being exported from the UK unless a buyer can be found to match its £7.46m asking price.

Rubens

Export bar placed on Rubens’ rare 17th century painting of an African man

10 April 2018

A rare 17th century depiction of an African man in Europe by Peter Paul Rubens has been placed under a temporary export bar in an attempt to keep it in the country.

Lobster

Dalí’s iconic lobster telephone is export barred

23 March 2018

Arts minister Michael Ellis has placed a temporary export bar on Salvador Dalí’s Lobster Telephone (White Aphrodisiac).

John Martin

Government issues export bar for John Martin watercolour in hope of finding UK buyer

22 February 2018

A £1.5m watercolour by British artist John Martin has been barred from export in the hope a buyer in the UK can be found.

Julia Jackson

Government issues export bar for outstanding photo album by Julia Margaret Cameron in hope of finding UK buyer

07 February 2018

A photo album by Julia Margaret Cameron, one of the most important and innovative photographers of the 19th century, has been temporarily barred from export in the hope a buyer in the UK can match the asking price of £3.7m.