ATG’s Seminar on CITES: all you need to know
Few issues span the antiques business quite like ivory and other CITES-protected material. Rules and regulations around CITES affect dealers hosting the humblest stall at showground fairs to those taking the glitziest stand at TEFAF and the blue chip auctioneers of London and New York.
All this was the inspiration behind Antiques Trade Gazette’s Seminar on CITES, held on January 19, 2017 at County Hall, overlooking Westminster. The venue and the event’s timing were carefully chosen, as the debate over the UK’s continued trade in ivory antiques is delicately poised.
The Seminar was held in association with the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers and Valuers (SOFAA) and was supported by the British Antiques Dealers’ Association (BADA).
We don’t have precise figures of the value of UK trade in antiques with CITES-protected materials, but the sheer volume of people who attended – more than 250 professionals – is testament to the critical nature of this subject.
We hope you find this report – and the handy 4-page 'Quick Guide to CITES' at the document's end – useful.
The seminar and these notes are part of an ongoing commitment by ATG, together with its partners, to be the platform for debate on the art market’s big issues.