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ATG letter: Would that beautiful chess set be classed as museum quality?

18 July 2022

Referring to the UK’s near-total ban on selling antique ivory objects, would the beautiful Vizagatapam, India, c.1830-50, ivory chess set in the collection of Mr Holger Langer (Collector Interview, ATG No 2550) be classed as museum quality?

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Furniture suite could be first ‘museum quality’ ivory sale

11 July 2022

A suite of solid ivory and gilt furniture sold by Christie’s on July 7 appears to be the first auction lot to benefit from the exemption to the Ivory Act allowing the sale of items of ‘outstandingly high artistic, cultural and historical value’.

ATG LETTER: My 9% ivory could be another’s 11%

13 June 2022

As a dealer with a number of antique ivory works of art for sale, I am now having to involve myself in conforming to the new legislation.

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Near-total ban on antique ivory comes into force

06 June 2022

The Ivory Act is now in force in the UK, bringing in a near-total ban on the sale of antique ivory.

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Ivory Act goes live on June 6

30 May 2022

The Ivory Act, a near-total ban on the sale of antique ivory, comes into force in the UK on June 6.

ATG letter: Portrait miniatures on ivory – we should follow the example of ARR at lower values

30 May 2022

Portrait miniature on ivory are among the exemptions provided in the new Ivory Act [coming into force on June 6 – see front page of this issue].

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A lawyer writes: How individual taste could affect ivory quality control

28 March 2022

Decisions on act exemptions inevitably run the risk of subjective assessments

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Early June date set for Ivory Act to be enforced

17 March 2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has announced the Ivory Act 2018 will be enforced on June 6.

US dealers challenge New York antique ivory regulations

14 March 2022

The ivory regulations of New York State will be reviewed by New York court judges following an appeal brought by two US antique dealer associations.

ATG letter: Ivory Act is a ‘lazy, woke irrelevance’

14 March 2022

Max Rutherston is right to take exception (ATG No 2533) to the letter from Pete Matthews (ATG No 2532), who saucily tells the trade to stop moaning about the Ivory Act.

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Register antique ivory now says Defra ahead of ban

07 March 2022

The digital registration service for exempted items containing ivory is now live and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is urging those wishing to sell items that qualify for one of these narrow exemptions to familiarise themselves with the new system.

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ATG letter: Yes, it has been three years but the lack of clarity on an actual date is nerve racking

07 March 2022

I must take exception to the letter from Pete Matthews (ATG No 2532) in which he tells the trade to stop moaning about the Ivory Act.

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Support builds for Baggott’s ivory antiques rescue scheme

28 February 2022

The Antiques Rescue Centre (ARC), an initiative started by Michael Baggott, has attracted support from a number of auction houses and members of the trade.

ATG letter: Ivory Act – stop moaning, you had three years to prepare

28 February 2022

Regarding your article in ATG No 2531, ‘Four months’ before ivory ban becomes law’, I fail to see why the trade is ‘frustrated’ and describe the process as chaotic.

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Guidance and online digital service launched for incoming Ivory Act

24 February 2022

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched the digital registration service for exempted items ahead of the implementation of the Ivory Act.

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‘Four months’ before ivory ban becomes law

21 February 2022

The ATG understands the trade will have until June before the terms of the Ivory Act 2018 come into force.

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Antique ivory trade ban now weeks away

14 February 2022

The near-total ban on the trade in antique ivory in the UK promised three years ago is just a matter of weeks away from enforcement.

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ATG letter: ARC launched to save ivory antiques from the scrap bin – once it’s gone it’s gone forever

14 February 2022

As reported on the front page of this week’s ATG, it appears the Ivory Act will, after much delay, soon be brought into force. This does not mean the fight for antiques is over; it means it has just begun.

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UK Ivory Act soon to be enforced

08 February 2022

The near total ban on the trade in ivory in the UK promised three years ago is just a matter of weeks away from enforcement.

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Government undertakes Ivory Act survey for “awareness campaign”

12 January 2022

The government has launched a survey for dealers and auction house specialists to help develop an awareness campaign on the Ivory Act.