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.

Sheila Hancock

Plea to help trace missing necklaces

29 July 2023

The antiques and jewellery trade are being asked to look out for a necklace lost by actress and author Dame Sheila Hancock and a locket stolen from a 91-year-old woman.


Dealer calls on trade and public to aid recovery of stolen Asian art

27 July 2023

JAN Fine Art has asked that the art and antiques trade be aware of two thefts made at its Kensington Church Street, London, premises.


Funds needed to buy Henry VIII tapestry to return it to UK

24 July 2023

A previously lost tapestry, commissioned by Henry VIII for Hampton Court during the turmoil of the English Reformation, is a step closer to returning to the UK for public display.

Ryedale Hoard

New Treasure Act rules take effect this month

24 July 2023

New laws introduced under the Treasure Act take effect from July 30, in a bid for more antiquities finds to be bought by museums.


Album revealing roots of Kew gardens is on export hold

24 July 2023

A group of drawings which helped develop the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have been temporarily blocked from export in the hope a UK buyer can step in.

Hardstone brooch

Plea to help locate stolen antique jewellery

20 July 2023

Two antique jewellery dealers are calling on the trade to help locate around £50,000 worth of jewellery that has been stolen in London.

Giacometti chandelier

UK buyers sought for Giacometti bronze chandelier and 18th-century botanical drawings

18 July 2023

A Giacometti chandelier and drawings which helped develop Kew Gardens have been blocked from export in the hope a UK institution will raise funding.


Ivory laws hit Deco prices

17 July 2023

It’s no surprise that prices of Art Deco bronze and ivory figures have fallen sharply since US and UK laws on the sale of elephant ivory were tightened.


ATG letter: Your coverage of thefts really does make a difference to us

17 July 2023

Thank you so much for taking notice of the plight of stallholders in London markets and fairs (ATG Nos 2599 & 2600).

Stone idol

Looted 8th century stone goddesses found in English garden to return to India

12 July 2023

Two stone idols taken from a temple in India more than 40 years ago are to be returned after being recovered in the UK.

Ivory netsuke

No fanfare as ivory netsuke sets a new record

10 July 2023

A new auction record for netsuke – over three times the previous high – has been set in France.

ATG Lawyer Writes V3 JPG

A lawyer writes: Dealer Dickinson emerges victorious in appeal judgment

10 July 2023

Confidence in Simon Dickinson’s expertise is key to court decision


New jewellery thefts increase trade fears of violent gangs

03 July 2023

A spate of jewellery-related crimes was reported in the last month, sparking further concerns for those in the trade.

ATG Letter

ATG letter: ARR means UK dealers are consigning to the US

03 July 2023

I have recently been visited in London by an American-based auctioneer who is looking for sporting paintings for his upcoming sales in Kentucky in the New Year.

ATG letter: How stolen items can be traced using our register

03 July 2023

In the July 1 edition (ATG No 2599) there is the sad case of the theft of £100,000 of jewellery and a letter from a dealer on a number of other thefts.


Jewellery dealer targeted at Kingston antiques market

29 June 2023

A jewellery dealer lost a significant amount of stock from her stall at Ancient Market Place, Kingston after thieves used diversionary tactics.

Stolen earrings

Jewellery dealer warns of thieves now targeting the trade

26 June 2023

A Camden Passage jewellery dealer suffered a devastating loss of his entire stock after a theft from his stand at the London market.

Ben Nicholson artwork

Art dealer Trinity House Paintings goes into administration

26 June 2023

Cotswold art gallery Trinity House Paintings is in administration.

ATG letter: Spate of robberies hitting dealers is not opportunistic

26 June 2023

Every year there are large and small robberies committed against members of the antiques trade. These vary from ‘opportunist’ thieving – a brooch, a bag, a candlestick – to much more extreme and planned attacks.


Ulster Museum buys a Renoir – the first Impressionist painting to enter a Northern Irish public collection

13 June 2023

National Museums NI has bought Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (1841-1919) L’allée au bois via the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme for the Ulster Museum.