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VAT row – how the EU fudged it

17 May 1999

EU: THE publication on the Internet of the report compiled for the European Commission on the effect of doubling VAT on works of art imported for sale from outside the EC has exposed huge flaws in the Commission’s argument for pressing ahead with the increased tax, say leading members of the trade.

Small-scale Georgian grandeur

17 May 1999

Dolls' Houses & Furnishings UK: ANOTHER portfolio of miniature des. res. and effects went on the market this month. On May 6 Bonhams (15/10 per cent buyer’s premium) were selling the second tranche of the collection of Vivien Greene, pioneering authority on the doll's house and author of several books on the subject.

Another decorative brick in the wall

17 May 1999

ARCHITECTURAL specialists Thomas William Gaze & Son (7.5 per cent buyer’s premium) included these 19th century decorative wallbricks, right, at their sale in Diss, Norfolk April 17.

Art insurance on the Web

10 May 1999

UK: PRIVATE collectors, museums, dealers and exhibitions are the target audience for a new art insurance programme launched on the Internet.

Tin-glazed earthenware charger

10 May 1999

UK: AUCTIONEER John Goodwin of Ledbury in Herefordshire sold this polychrome tin-glazed earthenware charger, 33/4in (35cm) diameter, decorated with a portrait of King George, to London specialist Jonathan Horne for £13,750 (plus 10 per cent premium) on April 28.

Coincidence that came just two days too late

10 May 1999

UK: CHRISTIE’S narrowly missed out on what would have been one of the great marketing coups of the year when news broke that the body of Everest expedition leader George Mallory had been found.

Bailey to launch Manchester fair

10 May 1999

UK: EXPERIENCED organiser Robert Bailey is set to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career with the launch next year of a quality antiques fair in the heart of Manchester.