Letters to the Editor


ATG letter: Well said – a saleroom example to follow

31 October 2022

As a collector and frequent buyer at auctions, not local to where I live, it was uplifting to read Clare Durham’s letter ‘Provider of professional opinion should stand by it or admit fault’ (ATG No 2564).


ATG LETTER: Zoffany was identified in a private collection

24 October 2022

I was pleased to see Zoffany’s portrait of Mr Townsend featuring on the front page of ATG (No 2563).


The auctioneer’s tale: moving from cattle to chattel

24 October 2022

At ATG we always enjoy hearing about younger members of the trade making progress in their careers.

ATG letter: Provider of a professional opinion should stand by it or admit fault

17 October 2022

I feel for the author of the letter who appears to have stumped up part of their sale proceeds to cover a mistake made by the auction house acting on their behalf (‘Auction refunds: I’m confused about who is or isn’t responsible’, ATG No 2563).

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ATG Letter: ‘Antique’ listing – if you want a VAT refund from eBay you’re at the mercy of the seller

17 October 2022

I note in ATG No 2560 David Penney’s letter regarding eBay’s import duty charges on antique items.

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ATG letter: Auction refunds – I’m confused about who is or isn’t responsible

10 October 2022

I’m writing in the hope that readers might give me a view on whether a recent experience of mine is or is not common practice among regional auction houses.


SOFAA crew back on board at yacht club

26 September 2022

Auctioneers and their guests headed to the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers’ (SOFAA) dinner held recently at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge.


ATG LETTER: Lovely Sheila Fell farm view depicts a threshing scene

26 September 2022

Another lovely depiction of the tough farming days came with your report on the fine Sheila Fell painting (Art Market, ATG No 2559).


ATG LETTER: Why does eBay charge incorrect import VAT?

19 September 2022

I write concerning eBay’s practice of charging the incorrect import duty of 20% on some items that are over 100 years old; UK law is 5%.


ATG LETTER: Ramsden and Carr ‘are going to make me a silver cup’

19 September 2022

I am a lifelong Henry Scott Tuke historian and the buyer of the chalice featured in ATG No 2558.

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ATG LETTER: Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

19 September 2022

Regarding your request for memories of HM The Queen, I wanted to bring to your attention this photo published on the front page of ATG in March 1988.


ATG LETTER: Signed by Alfred not Louise

19 September 2022

I think I am correct in stating that the Wedgwood Arts & Crafts charger featured on the front page of last week’s issue (ATG No 2559) was painted by Alfred, not Louise, Powell.


ATG LETTER: Can readers name the designer of this table?

19 September 2022

I wondered whether any of your readers would be able to identify a designer or maker of this table?

ATG letter: A seal of approval for the waters of Holt

12 September 2022

I was fascinated by Roland Arkell’s article on sealed glass bottles that appeared in ATG No 2553. It was of particular interest as many years ago I was given the top of a green bottle with a roundel that included my family coat of arms.


ATG letter: My bank manager won’t be closing client account

12 September 2022

I was interested to read the article about smaller auction houses having to close client accounts due to some banks tightening their rules (ATG No 2555 ‘Banks close down client accounts’) despite it being a fundamental requirement of their membership of NAVA and SOFAA designed to protect buyers and vendors at auction.


ATG letter: Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

12 September 2022

I thought this picture may interest your readers as we remember the life and work of Elizabeth II. Here she is presenting me with the Queen’s award for Enterprise for my PR Consultancy (Gong Muse) in July 2014.


ATG letter: Good reception at Ally Pally

12 September 2022

A pleasure to see the IACF Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair back in action on September 4. A fair well above standard – not quite at the Olympia or Battersea level – and geared for people in the mid-price range.

Michael Baggott

ATG letter: Cash and credit cards are becoming the antique ways of paying for art and antiques

22 August 2022

Recently I rang the accounts department of a well-established saleroom that I’ve dealt with for over 20 years. It just happened that I was going to have to collect in person so was checking I could come up and pay while the second day of the sale was still going on.

Start sizing up the anti money laundering rules now because it affects both little and large businesses

15 August 2022

As the UK brought into force the EU’s fifth Money Laundering Directive in early 2020, it was believed that the art market had plenty of time to register and comply.


ATG letter: Thrilled to see Lady Northcliffe at last – we are always looking for the lost de Lászlós

08 August 2022

I was thrilled to see the portrait of Lady Northcliffe by Philip de László (1869-1937) featured in your publication (Art Market, ATG No 2552).