Michael Baggott

Antiques dealer Michael Baggott.

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Baggott runs ivory forum for NAVA

Antiques dealer Michael Baggott is running an open forum organised by NAVA Propertymark on February 14.

The session will cover issues encountered by NAVA members when complying with the Ivory Act 2018 and assist in helping members remain compliant with the regulations.

Baggott, who founded the Antiques Rescue Centre (ARC) to attempt to save some antiques containing ivory from being destroyed, will also be available to speak to attendees at the end of the forum. The event is held in person at Arbon House in Warwick.

Tapestry replica bought for Bayeux

Replica of the Bayeux Tapestry

The Victorian photographic replica of the Bayeux Tapestry purchased by the Bayeux Museum.

The Bayeux Museum in France has been revealed as the buyer of a lifesize Victorian replica of the Bayeux Tapestry from the Charlie Watts sale at Christie’s.

The museum paid a hammer price of £16,000 (£20,160 including buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £8000- 12,000 on September 29.

The 1874 replica was created following a project by Joseph Cundall (1818-95) who was sent by the British government to photograph the entire Bayeux Tapestry.

It was recorded on 185 full-size glass plates, from which six copies were made and hand-coloured by students of the School of Art, London.

Of the six photographic reproductions only two other examples are still known: one in a private collection in Wales and another at the V&A.

New Islamic head for Chiswick

Tahmina Ghaffar

Tahmina Ghaffar, head of Islamic and Indian art at Chiswick Auctions.

Tahmina Ghaffar has joined Chiswick Auctions as head of the Islamic and Indian art department. She previously worked at Sotheby’s in the Islamic & Indian and the South Asian departments before running the South Asian auctions at Bonhams.

Prior to her auction experience she worked in financial services and banking.

Dealer historian earns professorship

Mark Westgarth

Mark Westgarth has become a professor at the University of Leeds.

Mark Westgarth has become a professor of history of the art market at the University of Leeds. Working in the university’s school of fine art, history of art and cultural studies, he has dedicated his studies to the history of the antiques trade.

His projects have included Sold! The Year of the Dealer; Antique Dealers; the British Antiques Trade in the 20th Century, a cultural geography; and Part of the Furniture: The Library of John Bedford.

Salford church theft alert

Church scene

The missing statue of the Crucifixion and a kneeling angel stolen from a Salford church.

A group of statues from a church in Salford have been stolen.

Parishioners reported the thefts of the three figures and are appealing for their return.

The thefts occurred from St Luke’s church in Irlams o’ th’ Height, a suburb of Salford, Greater Manchester.

The theft occurred between Sunday, January 21 8.30pm and 6am Monday, January 22.

The three statues were a c.1925 Crucifixion, a c.1930s kneeling figure of St Bernadette and a c.1930s kneeling angel.

Paul Ashton, parish communications officer at the church, said “this is definitely a planned and professional theft as they came with a portable electric saw.”

Anyone with information should contact Greater Manchester Police by calling 101 quoting crime reference number CRI 06FF 0002913 24 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Executive changes at Phillips

Following the departure of Phillips’ CEO Stephen Brooks, the firm has announced a new executive leadership structure.

Executive chairman Edward Dolman becomes executive chairman and CEO, with Amanda Lo Iacono appointed deputy CEO. Cheyenne Westphal will continue in her role as global chairwoman.

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The number of hours a jury in New York deliberated before clearing Sotheby’s of aiding and abetting fraud over the private sale of four artworks – including Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi – to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev.

Rybolovlev claimed Sotheby’s had conspired with dealer Yves Bouvier to overcharge him. Over the last decade, Rybolovlev had filed multiple claims against Bouvier, who strenuously denied any wrongdoing, before the two parties reached an undisclosed settlement late last year.