Law, crime and regulation

Legal cases, stolen art, regulation and tax issues remain important part of the art and antiques sector.

This category ranges from the levy of the Artist’s Resale Right to controversies over fakes and forgeries.


Rhino

Lyon & Turnbull latest auction house to stop selling rhino horn

15 March 2019

Edinburgh auction house Lyon & Turnbull will no longer sell antique items made from rhino horn.

US courthouse

Court claim challenging New York ivory laws reinstated in the US

12 March 2019

A US court claim challenging a 2014 New York law banning the sale of antique ivory by the Art and Antique Dealers League of America and the National Art and Antique Dealers Association of America has been reinstated due to amendments made to the case.

Brexit plate

What next for Brexit? While we wait, can you spot the 12 Brexit-related images on this Weeping Willow Brexit plate

12 March 2019

As we approach a crunch vote on Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, a no-deal result is still a possibility – so too the prospect of an extension to the Article 50 process beyond the March 29 deadline.

Draft bill seeks further reform for French auction system

04 March 2019

The French auction system could be set for more reform with a draft bill recommending further change due to be launched later this month.

ATG letters: Ivory antiques ban ‘madness’

04 March 2019

MADAM – In so many respects, anyone reading or watching the news over the last 12 months could quite easily believe that the whole world has gone mad.

Tyrol

Singer Sargent painting blocked from export by government in hope of finding UK buyer

02 March 2019

The owner of a £5.75m John Singer Sargent oil painting has been temporarily prevented from exporting the picture by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Guy Schooling

VIEWPOINT: Sworders’ Guy Schooling: 'Why I filled in the trade bodies’ ivory survey’

26 February 2019

There is one week left to take part in an industry survey aimed at measuring the financial impact of the Ivory Act (2018), due to come into force later this year. We hear from one of those who has already responded.

Tim Maxwell

Antique weapons laws set for 2019 changes

25 February 2019

Laws relating to antique firearms and bladed weapons are set to change in the UK this year. Dealers, auctioneers and collectors will be affected by both the offensive weapons bill and an amendment to the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which are set to become law in 2019.

Contract

A lawyer writes: Get an agreement right or face a sleepless night

25 February 2019

Initial drafting on a deal is vitally important if later disputes take place.

Parliament

ATG letter: Feeling fobbed off by ivory ban response

18 February 2019

MADAM – As a long-term collector of antiques, as well as a student of the auction scene and an active participant in the ongoing debate on the ivory ban, I thought that it might be helpful to bring readers up-to-date in respect of approaches I have made in recent months to Defra’s Ivory Policy Team.

Italian Embassy in London

Christie’s voluntarily returns group of eight looted antiquities to Italy

15 February 2019

A group of eight antiquities that was consigned to Christie’s has been returned to Italy after the works were identified as not having the necessary export and provenance details to be sold.

Richard Green gallery in New Bond Street

Richard Green gallery to defend High Court claim over €5m paintings sale

14 February 2019

London gallery Richard Green has said it will defend a claim made in the High Court by a client who purchased two Old Masters for €5m at TEFAF Maastricht last year.

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Rare manuscripts stolen from London auction house recovered in Italy

11 February 2019

A group of illuminated manuscripts valued at £100,000 that were stolen from a London auction house in 2016 have been recovered in Italy.

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Petition launches for antique bows to be exempt from Ivory Act registration requirement

09 February 2019

A London auctioneer of stringed instruments has launched an online petition to exempt bows from the Ivory Act registration requirement.

French President Emmanuel Macron

French trade bodies call on President Macron to stop UK art market gaining an advantage from Brexit

08 February 2019

Members of the trade federation Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) have published an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron and the French government calling for changes to stop France’s art market losing out to the UK after Brexit.

Charles Darwin

Darwin’s handwritten page from ‘On the Origin of Species’ barred from export in hope of finding UK buyer

08 February 2019

The owner of a handwritten page from Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ has been temporarily prevented from exporting it out of the UK by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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Danish silver collection recovered

04 February 2019

ATG has learned that the collection of rare Danish silver advertised on two pages of ATG No 2359 as stolen has been returned to its owner.

Survey launched to gauge impact of ivory ban

04 February 2019

Industry trade bodies have launched a survey that will attempt to measure the financial impact of the Ivory Act (2018) which comes into force later this year. Collectors, dealers and auctioneers of antique ivory are being encouraged to take part.

Brooch

Appeal to trade to help find large collection of stolen vintage costume jewellery

31 January 2019

A large haul of vintage costume jewellery has been stolen from a car in Birmingham and its owner is appealing to the trade to help recover the items.

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