Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton

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Fundraising effort for appeal against ivory ban ramps up

21 November 2019

Dealers and collectors granted an appeal against a High Court ruling on the Ivory Act 2018 are redoubling their efforts to raise the necessary funds for legal fees.

Trade’s latest challenge to Ivory Act could delay the near-total ban until spring 2020

18 November 2019

Dealers and collectors have one final chance to overturn the Ivory Act 2018, after a judge granted them leave to appeal a High Court ruling upholding the new law.

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Another Brexit delay? Non, merci!

18 November 2019

The latest delay to Brexit was not a source of cheer for overseas vendors at the ABA’s Chelsea Rare Book Fair on November 1-2.

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Is the price right? At Olympia, dealers give buyers their tips on negotiation

15 November 2019

A fair’s last day is traditional hunting ground for buyers seeking discounts. This timing may be misguided, however, as ATG learned in the closing hours of the Winter Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia London

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Dealers and collectors make their final challenge to Ivory Act

13 November 2019

A High Court judge has granted dealers and collectors permission to take their Ivory Act 2018 challenge to the Court of Appeal, a move that could delay the law’s enforcement into spring next year.

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National Gallery appeals for £2m from public to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

12 November 2019

London’s National Gallery is asking for the public’s help to raise the final £2m required to buy 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) from its owner, entrepreneur and founder of the DFS furniture retailer, Graham Kirkham.

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Appeal planned after High Court legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails

11 November 2019

A High Court judge has turned down an attempt by a group of dealers and collectors of antique ivory to stop the Ivory Act 2018 coming into force.

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When two into one does go

11 November 2019

Of the more than 200 jewellery lots for sale at Dawson’s (23% buyer’s premium) in Maidenhead on October 26, a 15ct gold double bracelet (below) displaying Victorian engineering ingenuity was among the most contested.

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Christie’s seeks exemption from Chinese import tax in US

08 November 2019

Christie’s has been praised for its stance on US tariffs on Chinese art after it became the first art market firm to seek exclusion from the tax, part of the ongoing trade war between the US and China. Late in October, Christie’s applied for exemption from a “punishing” import tax on seven types of Chinese art.

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ABA’s Chelsea fair hosts book buyers and browsers: photo special

07 November 2019

The ABA’s Chelsea fair is pitched at all levels of buying expertise and budgets. On the event's second day, Saturday November 2, ATG went to Chelsea Old Town Hall to record the action

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Legal bid to stop Ivory Act fails – but dealers and collectors are considering an appeal

05 November 2019

A High Court challenge by dealers and collectors to a new UK law ushering in a near-total ban on the antique ivory has failed, but an appeal is possible.

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Bourne Mill Antiques Centre in Surrey reopens as a 'lifestyle business' four years after devastating fire

03 November 2019

One of Surrey’s landmark antiques businesses, the Bourne Mill Antique Centre, is to reopen, four years after a fire devastated the Grade II-listed building and following a dispute with the building’s insurers.

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BADA chief Forgione steps down to head trade body

28 October 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association is “considering options” after its chief executive, Marco Forgione, resigned to head the Institute of Export and International Trade.

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Luring the Millennials – and younger

28 October 2019

At a vintage and collectables fair in Brighton, 20-somethings were on the hunt for usable antiques.

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Brighton Love Fairs dealer focus: Warren Wilkinson

28 October 2019

For many millennials, a smartphone has replaced the wristwatch as a timekeeper, but it is also their essential tool when exploring the vintage variety.

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BADA chief Marco Forgione leaving after four years to head export trade body

23 October 2019

As the new head of the Institute of Export and International Trade, Marco Forgione vows to “advocate, in the strongest terms, for the vital role of antiques and art in global trade”.

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Ivory Act: expect result of court review next month

21 October 2019

Dealers and collectors who last week brought a judicial review of the Ivory Act 2018 must wait until November for judgment in the case.

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Story time - objects with a compelling tale

21 October 2019

A wealth of objects shelter under the great ‘Asian art’ umbrella – together representing five millennia of artistic endeavour across one quarter of the globe. Here we preview a series of Asian art objects available for sale at galleries and auctions over the next month, and each from a different moment in time or geography. From the cult of Monju to the beginning of a new Japanese imperial era – all tell a compelling tale.

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High Court ivory act case: 'no need to prove causal link between trade in antiques and modern ivory poaching'

17 October 2019

The government does not have to “show a causal connection” between the UK’s trade in antique ivory and the poaching of modern ivory, a barrister representing DEFRA said in court today.

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Art and antiques dealers take government to court over Ivory Act

16 October 2019

“No reputable dealer wants to see elephants dead” was among the opening remarks by the QC acting for a group of dealers and collectors challenging the Ivory Act 2018, at the High Court today.