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.


Angelo Campanella print

Art Fund and Arts Council England launch initiative to encourage art donations

05 December 2023

A new publication by Art Fund and Arts Council England seeks to raise awareness about how owners of art and antiques can donate to institutions.

ATG letter: Another UNESCO initiative, another series of bogus claims and statistics

04 December 2023

UNESCO is at it again, launching an initiative linked to antiquities with a series of bogus statistics to justify it.

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Top stories this week including a warning for Cornishware collectors

26 November 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included a conviction for ‘fake’ Cornishware jars.

Edouard-Leon Cortés picture

Painting stolen in US recovered in UK after missing for 60 years

22 November 2023

A painting by post-impressionist artist Edouard-Leon Cortés (1882-1969) has been recovered after being stolen in the US sometime in the 1950s-60s.

Cornishware jars

Warning for Cornishware collectors following ‘fakes’ convictions

20 November 2023

Vintage Cornishware collectors and dealers have been warned to be aware of possible fakes on the market following the conviction of a couple for fraud.

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Top stories this week including concerns over new rules for selling upholstered furniture

19 November 2023

The most viewed stories on this website over the last week included news of how the antiques trade may be hit by government proposals regarding post-1950 upholstered furniture.

Cornishware jar

Trading Standards prosecute couple who faked Cornishware pottery

16 November 2023

Two people selling faked Cornishware pottery have received suspended sentences and ordered to pay £80,000.

Mid-century upholstered chairs

Trade unaware as new furniture fire safety rules are mooted

13 November 2023

UK government proposals to alter regulations for post-1950 upholstered furniture have caught the art and antiques trade unaware.

Upholstered furniture

Selected highlights of the new furniture fire safety proposals

13 November 2023

'Smarter Regulation: Fire safety of domestic upholstered furniture' was consulted on by the government between August 2-October 24.

New Testament bible

Medieval bible 'looted during Hundred Years' War' blocked from export

09 November 2023

A New Testament bible formerly owned by the French King Jean II but believed to have been in the UK for more than 600 years has been temporarily barred from export.

ATG letter: Well done to Kempton fair organiser for taking dealer security seriously

06 November 2023

Following on from my correspondence regarding security for the trade at markets earlier this summer (ATG No 2599), on a recent visit to Kempton I saw first hand that organisers Edward and Jenny Cruttenden have stepped right up to the mark and I would say are offering one of the most secure environments for traders in London and the south east and deserve much praise.

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A lawyer writes: Russia – a labyrinthine world of sanctions regulations

06 November 2023

The minutiae of the rules make risks even more intense for the art trade

Stolen silver items

Plea to track down silver stolen from Nottinghamshire museum

02 November 2023

Police are appealing for information after a collection of antique silver was stolen from a museum near Worksop in Nottinghamshire.

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Lauterer landscape returns to home turf

23 October 2023

Art Recovery International has assisted in the return of a painting missing from Germany since the Second World War.

ATG letter: Beware of antiquities claims that cloud the true picture

23 October 2023

Re: ‘More than $19m of antiquities have been returned to Italy following an investigation by New York authorities’, an ATG website story on October 17.

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Antiquities dealers hit back at ‘exaggerated’ claims of trafficking

23 October 2023

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association (ADA) has spoken out against claims made by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office and Homeland Security Investigations.

British Museum

British Museum to digitise collection in wake of thefts

19 October 2023

The British Museum has announced plans to digitally document its entire collection.

Bronze hawk

Plea to find stolen Meiji period Japanese bronze

18 October 2023

A Japanese bronze, estimated at £50,000-60,000, has been stolen from Hannam’s Auctioneers in Hampshire.

Apulian plate

More than $19m of antiquities have been returned to Italy following an investigation by New York authorities

17 October 2023

The Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L Bragg Jr announced the return of 19 antiquities collectively valued at nearly $19m to Italy.

Robert Gemmell Hutchison’s Children Wading

Picture missing for 35 years returned to Glasgow museum

12 October 2023

A painting by a Scottish Impressionist has been recovered with the help of Art Loss Register (ALR) and Tennants Auctioneers after being stolen in 1989.

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