Latest News Articles by Noelle McElhatton

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Bid to list the extinct mammoth as a protected species withdrawn from CITES summit

02 September 2019

A proposal to class the long-extinct woolly mammoth as ‘endangered’ in order to regulate trade in its ivory was withdrawn at the global CITES summit, pending further research.

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Paul Viney: The lessons I’ve learned

02 September 2019

Woolley & Wallis chairman Paul Viney is stepping down from the role after nearly 20 years building up the firm to be a regional powerhouse in UK auctions. Here he reflects on his experiences.

Mammoth tusk

Mammoth ivory should be regulated, global CITES convention hears  

22 August 2019

The mammoth, a trunked animal species that last roamed the Earth 4000 years ago, may soon be classed as ‘threatened’ in order to regulate trade in the extinct mammal’s ivory.

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New chairman for auction house Woolley & Wallis as Paul Viney steps down after 20 years at the top

20 August 2019

Paul Viney, chairman of Woolley & Wallis and a 25-year veteran at the Salisbury saleroom, is handing over the role to colleague John Axford.

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Renewed threat of US tax on Chinese art

19 August 2019

A UK dealer is considering moving Chinese objects to the US earlier than planned in the hope of staying ahead of import tariff changes.

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Irish dealers urge no border checks

19 August 2019

At a collectables fair in Dublin, talk was of post-Brexit free movement of antiques from north to south.

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A new fair sails into Belfast at Titanic Hotel

19 August 2019

As Belfast capitalises on its Titanic history and locally filmed TV series Game of Thrones, two enterprising dealers are seizing the moment to launch a new fair.

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US antiques dealer lawsuit against New York's ivory ban gets green light to proceed

15 August 2019

US antiques dealers have been granted permission by a court judge to go forward with a lawsuit challenging New York's complete ban on the trade of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn, regardless of age, within state lines.

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Art is back on Trump's China tariff list

14 August 2019

Dealers in Chinese art remain on high alert as art and antiques appeared on a new list of Chinese goods facing a 10% US import tariff from September 1.

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Dealers in Tetbury get ready for Brexit disruption

12 August 2019

The dealers of Tetbury who trade with the Continent are determined to work through whatever turbulence Brexit may bring. A no-deal departure, likely to result in tariffs and customs checks, would present problems for import and export of stock.

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Tetbury: Taking the long view in the ‘antiques capital of Gloucestershire’

12 August 2019

ATG explores Tetbury’s Long Street to discover dealers evolving to lure casual buyers as well as connoisseurs

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Wright Marshall’s fine art auction business to close as no buyer found

08 August 2019

The fine art division of auction house Wright Marshall will cease to operate after August 9 (tomorrow) after the administrators of the Knutsford firm were not able to secure a buyer.

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Art and antiques trade ready to work with new ministers following latest cabinet reshuffle

29 July 2019

As part of the new prime minister Boris Johnson’s Cabinet reshuffle, new ministers for culture and for the environment have been appointed.

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Rare 'travelling' doll’s house makes €48,000 at auction in Ireland

25 July 2019

A travelling doll's house, made in 1810 to entertain children on long journeys, fetched €48,000 (£42,800) hammer at Fonsie Mealy Auctioneers in Kilkenny, Ireland earlier this week.

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Dealers and collectors win High Court permission for judicial review of ivory ban law

15 July 2019

A High Court judge has given the go-ahead for a full hearing on the legality of the controversial Ivory Act, due to usher in a near-total ban on the UK trade in antique ivory when it comes into force later this year.

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Adam Partridge in talks to buy Wright Marshall fine art

08 July 2019

Cheshire auctioneer Adam Partridge is in talks with the administrator of Wright Marshall Fine Art Auctioneers to buy its Knutsford fine art business.

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Trump's proposed US tax on Chinese art imports ‘would harm local trade and benefit China’, trade officials told

28 June 2019

A renewed threat to tax Chinese art imports into the US, including those from the UK, would harm the local antiques trade and instead benefit China, US trade officials have heard.

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Full house for inaugural BADA ‘pop-up’ show in Pimlico, to include the 'James Bond desk'

25 June 2019

Members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association have weighed in behind the trade body’s first curated exhibition, with the inaugural event now fully subscribed ahead of its launch tonight.

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Time for a shipshape gathering for members of the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers

24 June 2019

Auctioneers from across the UK attend trade association SOFAA's biennial yacht club dinner.

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Away days: A selection of destinations that act as magnets for antiques enthusiasts

19 June 2019

Britain still has many ‘antiques’ towns and streets – those picturesque corners of the island populated by shops, galleries and centres that together act as a magnet for antiques tourists. Two of the largest communities of dealers close to London are Petworth and Hungerford, while a busy schedule of regular fairs and markets takes place to the south-west of London.