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.


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Plea for help to trace missing Lucie Rie ceramics

21 October 2021

A group of Lucie Rie (1902-95) ceramics bought at auction in 1997 has been stolen from a home in north London.

A c.1600-1610 elephant automaton clock

Elephant in the room: an exceptional clock

18 October 2021

A rare 17th century elephant automaton clock was the star of the Christie’s New York Exceptional sale when it sold at $2.15m (£1.58m) to a private buyer.

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A LAWYER WRITES: Repairs can be a nasty shock at the end of a lease

18 October 2021

Tenants can be faced with a big bill for repairs if certain precautions are not taken at the end of a lease.

Breviary of Ludovico da Romagnano

Manuscript missing for 30 years returns to Italy

11 October 2021

Part of a medieval manuscript stolen in Italy more than 30 years ago has been returned with the help of London firm Bloomsbury Auctions.

Portrait of Sophocles

Art dealership Tomasso hit by break-in

04 October 2021

A group of sculptures and works of art has been stolen during an overnight raid at central London dealership Tomasso.

1935 silver jubilee proof

Greek dealer offers £100,000 reward for stolen coins

02 October 2021

Coins and collectables dealer SVcollector in Athens suffered a theft of its coins from a hotel room in London following the Coinex fair.

Gilgamesh Dream tablet

News In Brief – including the return of a Gilgamesh Dream tablet to Iraq

27 September 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the the return of a 3600-year-old tablet showing part of the Epic of Gilgamesh being handed back to Iraq by the US.

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Top stories this week – including news of a family being convicted of a theft of Chinese jades

26 September 2021

The most read stories on this website over the last week included news of a £1.7m theft of Chinese jades

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White gloves for Oppenheimer sale of Meissen porcelain at Sotheby’s

20 September 2021

Every lot of a collection of Meissen porcelain, restituted earlier this year to the heirs of Dr Franz Oppenheimer, was sold in a recent US sale.

Anglo Saxon brooch

Anglo-Saxon brooch recovered but rest of hoard still at large

20 September 2021

A renewed plea for eight Anglo-Saxon brooches still missing following a theft in 1995 has been issued after the recovery of one of the group.

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News In Brief – including the outcome of the Guennol Stargazer court case in New York

20 September 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the US ruling on whether Turkey could take ownership of the Guennol Stargazer.

More firearms licences required after law changes

20 September 2021

The government has reminded owners of certain old firearms that they will need to obtain a licence following a change in the law from September 22.

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Ivory Act faces final consultation ahead of ‘spring 2022’ enforcement

13 September 2021

The final consultation on the Ivory Act has been launched ahead of the near-total ivory ban coming into force in spring 2022.

Jade collection

News In Brief – including the conviction of a family behind the theft of Chinese jades

13 September 2021

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including an update on the theft of £1.7m of Chinese jades.

Anglo Saxon brooch

Stolen Anglo-Saxon brooch returned to museum after 26 years

11 September 2021

An Anglo-Saxon brooch stolen from Rutland County Museum has been returned 26 years after it went missing.

S Franses

Textile dealer victorious again: costs of court case to be paid by landlord

26 August 2021

Following a long running legal dispute between textile dealer S Franses in Jermyn Street, London and its landlord, Capitaland, presiding Judge Parfitt ordered the landlord to pay the costs of the case.

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Valuable watches stolen in ‘brazen theft’ at Cheshire antiques centre

19 August 2021

Cheshire Police has issued CCTV images of two men they would like to speak to in connection with a theft at an antiques centre in Northwich.

ATG letter: Money laundering, due diligence – am I allowed to be confused?

16 August 2021

I read with great interest, and trepidation, the article for 'A Lawyer Writes' in ATG no 2504 (‘Diligence: relying on others leaves you at risk’).

Stolen jewellery

Antique jewellery stolen from Yorkshire heritage centre

10 August 2021

Police are alerting the trade and the public to look out for stolen jewellery after a burglary at the Elsecar Heritage Centre in Barnsley.

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Eugène Boudin painting sparks ownership mystery

09 August 2021

The status of a Eugène Boudin (1824-98) painting stolen 30 years ago from a Mayfair dealership is currently in limbo while the rightful owner is sought.

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