Ivory regulation

US include antiques in ivory ban

25 February 2014

A ban on the commercial trade in elephant ivory “except in a very limited number of circumstances” announced by the USA this month promises far-reaching consequences for the antiques trade.

US Ivory Ban: The Trade Response

25 February 2014

The British Antique Dealers’ Association, LAPADA and the National Antique and Art Dealers’ Association of America are taking the February 11 White House statement on ivory very seriously.


CITES: no licences for ‘unworked’ elephant ivory

08 July 2013

New rules governing trade in the parts of endangered species will hit the antiques trade harder than first thought.

California blanket ban on all ivory sales enforced

30 April 2012

THE State of California has recently begun to strictly enforce a law banning the sale of ivory regardless of age. Dealers and auctioneers offering antiques made from ivory or including ivory among their constituent parts have had merchandise seized.


Ban on rhino horn comes into force immediately

21 February 2011

THE ban on selling rhino horn trophies, scheduled for introduction over the next couple of months, has been brought into force with immediate effect.


Benin ivory mask withdrawn from Sotheby's sale

04 January 2011

Just days after Sotheby’s announced the sale of a 16th century ivory mask and five other works from the Kingdom of Benin, the auctioneers said they have been withdrawn.


Mughal ivory bought online at £24,000

06 July 2009

BRINGING out the bidders in Banbury, this Indian Mughal carved ivory khandjar handle sold for £24,000 at Holloways' latest sale.


Elephant lobby target Portobello Road

19 January 2009

A CHALK drawing of an ‘elephant graveyard’ appeared earlier this month at the entrance to the Portobello Road Market. The three-dimensional pavement art depicting an elephant carcass was the work of representatives for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), who in recent years have singled out the weekly antiques market in its campaign to curb the illegal trade in modern elephant ivory.

EBay ban ivory sales in US

27 October 2008

EBAY are to ban the sale of ivory products on its USA site from January.

Dealer found guilty of illegal ivory smuggling

30 June 2008

A Kent dealer has received a two-year suspended sentence following a three-year international operation into ivory and whale-tooth smuggling. The case is the latest under Operation Charm, an ongoing campaign against the illegal trade in endangered species in London.

eBay bans international ivory sales

11 June 2007

ONLINE auction giant eBay is banning cross-border sales of ivory on all their websites. The company announced that from the end of this month sellers will only be allowed to list ivory items for sale in their own country.

IFAW call on eBay UK to ban trade in antique ivory

04 July 2006

THE International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) are calling for a complete ban on the trade in ivory products on eBay - including antiques.

BADA fight trade’s corner over ivory

23 March 2004

THE British Antique Dealers’ Association believe campaigners are wrong to call for only independent registered experts to be allowed to date ivory objects. The move would drive trade underground they say.

Ivory campaigners hit out at antiques trade

16 March 2004

CAMPAIGNERS against the illegal trade in ivory want to end the exisiting policy which allows any antique dealer to appraise the age of ivory in works of art.

For the nation by hook and crook

30 October 2001

PICTURED right is just one of a number of rare and important artefacts whose sale to the nation has just been negotiated by Christie’s.The 14th century Norwegian carved ivory crozier head, which has been sold in lieu of inheritance tax and will go to the V&A, is an extremely rare example of late medieval Scandinavian carved ivory.