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.


Sumerian alabaster bull

Antiquities returned to Iraq after latest investigation by New York’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit

24 May 2023

Two artefacts with a joint value of $275,000 have been returned to Iraq after the latest investigation by the New York's Antiquities Trafficking Unit.

Scrimshaw

Government set to extend ivory ban to five other species

23 May 2023

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) announced the trade in ivory from hippopotamus, walrus, narwhal, killer whale and sperm whale will be protected under an extension to the Ivory Act in the UK.

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A lawyer writes: Why it is crucial to avoid crossing the line from being potential purchaser to adviser

22 May 2023

‘Substantial payout’ underlines the need for absolute clarity from experts

CITES

Application system for CITES permits and licences goes digital

10 May 2023

Permits and licences for CITES will soon be moving to an online service.

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Church thefts spark fears of crime spate

08 May 2023

The theft of an Elizabethan silver chalice in Dorset has sparked fears it could be the latest in a spate targeting churches across the country.

Anglo Saxon coins

Men found guilty of selling Anglo Saxon coins from Herefordshire Hoard

28 April 2023

In the latest of a series of court cases, two men have been found guilty of trying to sell rare Anglo-Saxon coins.

Roan bust

Roman bust found in Texas charity shop to return to Ludwig I’s collection in Germany after more than 70 years away

27 April 2023

A Roman bust discovered in a US charity shop and bought for just $34.99 will be repatriated to Germany.

Sculpture

Plea to help track stolen sculpture and jewellery

27 April 2023

The art and antiques trade have been asked to look out for a stolen sculpture and jewellery taken from a home in Surrey.

Brooches

First auction house donations arrive at the ARC

24 April 2023

The Antiques Rescue Centre (ARC) received its first donations from an auction house and has catalogued them for its records.

Risaldar Jagat Singh and Risaldar Man Singh

UK buyer sought for Philip de László painting of two Indian soldiers

19 April 2023

A temporary export block has been placed on a portrait of cavalry officers in the British Indian Army by Philip de László, in the hope it can be purchased by a UK institution.

Packaging

Too much VAT charged on imports from EU, say collectors and dealers

17 April 2023

Collectors and dealers say they are being incorrectly charged for import VAT by eBay and logistics providers such as DHL.

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A Lawyer Writes: Why ‘Studio of’ needs a qualified response

17 April 2023

Do your forensic investigation before bidding to avoid nasty surprises

Laquer snuff box

Cheshire Police warn antiques dealers to be vigilant following theft

11 April 2023

Police are warning antiques dealers to be vigilant following the theft of two silver items and a lacquered snuff box.

Omai

The National Portrait Gallery and Getty Museum to jointly buy Reynolds’ Omai portrait

31 March 2023

Sir Joshua Reynolds’ Portrait of Mai (Omai) has been bought jointly by The National Portrait Gallery and the Getty Museum after long-running discussions.

Murshidabad chairs

Revealed: Ivory Act exemptions so far

27 March 2023

Following a Freedom of Information Request by Antiques Trade Gazette, the agency charged with administering The Ivory Act has issued some data on the controversial law.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge's anti-slavery poem

Search for UK institution to buy Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s anti-slavery manuscript

21 March 2023

An anti-slavery poem written in ancient Greek by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834) has been temporarily barred from being exported from the UK.

Coins

Roma owner arrested in coin false provenance probe

20 March 2023

Richard Beale, the owner and managing director of London coin auction house Roma Numismatics, has been arrested in New York in connection with the sale of a record-breaking classical coin.

Kellett sledge flag

Cash call from Navy museum to help buy Kellett sledge flag

14 March 2023

The National Museum of the Royal Navy is launching a fundraising plan to buy a flag from polar explorer Captain Henry Kellett (1806-75).

Jewellery

Police appeal for help to track stolen jewellery from Sussex antiques centre

11 March 2023

Emporium Antiques Centre in Lewes suffered a break in and police are appealing for information.

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TEFAF vetting practices criticised by former committee member

09 March 2023

A former member of the vetting committee at TEFAF Maastricht, which opens today, has criticised the fair for “vetting decisions being overruled or ignored”.

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