Letters to the Editor

ATG letter: When I add value, it costs me more

16 September 2019

MADAM – Last year I bought a basket-case of a canvas from an artist’s estate for £400. I then spent many hundreds of pounds on a new support, re-stretching, cleaning and re-framing and eventually sold it for a profit.


ATG letter: The matrix seal castle is Chirk

09 September 2019

MADAM – The castle depicted on the matrix seal (letters, ATG No 2406) is Chirk in Denbighshire, seat of the Myddleton family.

ATG letter: Fleetwood Mac photo – more details on the line-up mystery

02 September 2019

MADAM – Regarding the photograph of Fleetwood Mac first shown in ATG No 2403, I have some more information which may be of interest.

ATG letter: These are ‘bad’ not ‘good’ luck stories

02 September 2019

MADAM – We regularly read in ATG of ‘good luck’ stories of people finding wonderful things for nothing in car boot sales or charity shops. They are not really good luck stories at all but, rather, bad luck stories.


ATG letter: Your ARR review missed out exemption at auctions

26 August 2019

MADAM – What wasn’t mentioned in your review of Artist’s Resale Right (ARR) in ATG No 2404 is that the ‘first sale’ exemption also applies to auction houses, so any lots from a studio sale which make over €1000 are exempt from ARR.


ATG letter: Jane Austen was censored by the US too

26 August 2019

MADAM – With regard to the article ‘Thar she Blows...’ (Books and works on paper, ATG No 2404), Melville was only one of many authors who suffered from the puritanical attitude of US publishers.


ATG letter: Do you recognise this castle seal?

26 August 2019

MADAM – A silver seal matrix, probably George III period, has recently been added to the Matrix Collection.

ATG letter: Great for antiques – and old rubbish

19 August 2019

MADAM – The new ATG recyclable wrapper is an excellent initiative (Letters, ATG No 2404).


ATG letter: Mystery of the missing Fleetwood Mac member

19 August 2019

MADAM – I was interested to see in Auction Reports, ATG No 2403, an early photograph of the band Fleetwood Mac. But I was even more interested when on closer inspection I noticed that Peter Green, the ‘star’ of the band, wasn’t in the picture at all, even though your story mentioned that he was.


Instrument is a tobacco shredder

19 August 2019

MADAM – Re: Michael Laikan’s letter in this week’s ATG (No 2404). The brass instrument illustrated is a tobacco shredder.

ATG letter: Timely reminders to fill in silly season requirements

12 August 2019

MADAM – Now the journalistic ‘silly season’ is with us and you have recently curtailed discussion about ‘ordinaries’ and ‘longcases’ (I thought this could tick on for longer, having my own now unpublished theories) may I introduce other subjects to fill the void.


ATG letter: Tubular teaser

12 August 2019

MADAM – I would be grateful if any of your experts or readers could help me with identifying an instrument (pictured below) brought to me by one of my customers.


ATG letter: The great Gainsborough mystery

05 August 2019

MADAM – The BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' returned to TV screens last month with a Thomas Gainsborough mystery. I watched with great interest, and a degree of trepidation.


ATG letter: More likely to be Constance than Glyn

05 August 2019

MADAM – I’m sure I’m not the first to write about this but could the inscription on the mount of the picture attributed to Glyn Philpot (Art Market, ATG No 2399) have read or was meant to be C Phillott?


ATG letter: The charming man who taught me at art college

05 August 2019

MADAM – I have just read the article on the painting by Richard Lin sold recently in the McCartneys Ludlow auction for £84,000 (Art Market, ATG No 2401).


ATG letter: Making UK auctions easier - how we are already doing it

22 July 2019

MADAM – I am delighted to be able to reassure your reader Geoffrey Hobson (Letters, ATG No 2398) that indeed the facilities he discovered in a US auction house are already in use in our auction room and others in the UK (Ewbank’s, Forum and Stanley Gibbons to name a few).


Summer Offa: Henry Wyndham's walk in support of cancer centre

22 July 2019

This month art adviser and former co-chairman of Sotheby’s Europe Henry Wyndham is walking 185 miles along the 8th century wonder that is Offa’s Dyke to raise money for The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre.

ATG letter: How long is long enough to store?

15 July 2019

MADAM – We have several paintings in our store room left by artists or owners who have failed to collect them.


ATG letter: Merits of Chester marking

01 July 2019

MADAM – Having made a few appearances in ATG recently, a small silver pepper pot in the form of a Suffragette was eventually auctioned in London at an extraordinary hammer price of £3200 against an estimate of £800-900 [see picture below].


ATG letter: Scroll ‘probably Iraqi not Persian’

01 July 2019

MADAM – The niello designs on the ‘Persian’ Esther scroll sold at Lyon & Turnbull (ATG No 2398) indicate that in my opinion this is likely to be Iraqi work rather than Persian.