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Bacchus intaglio

British Museum unveils classical gems exhibition following return of stolen items

20 February 2024

The British Museum is showcasing classical gems that were recovered after a long-running theft was exposed.

ATG issues

New online group aims to support dealers being targeted by thieves

19 February 2024

Market traders and dealers at fairs are being urged to join a Facebook group to share information to protect themselves from gangs of thieves.

Tribal art

Plea to recover huge collection of stolen tribal art

14 February 2024

Around 50 works of tribal art have been stolen in Belgium.

Chinese bronze vessel

Stolen ancient bronze recovered 40 years later and returned to China

07 February 2024

A 2900-year-old Chinese bronze vessel that was stolen 40 years ago has been returned to China following a repatriation ceremony.

Jessus on crucifix

Appeal for statues stolen from Salford church

31 January 2024

A group of statues from a church in Salford have been stolen.

ATG Letter

ATG letter: Thieves are still out there stealing stock

29 January 2024

Following on from my letters last year and articles in Antiques Trade Gazette about the issue of robberies from dealers at markets, I feel compelled to write again.

Kenneth Armitage sculpture

Plea to trace Kenneth Armitage sculpture stolen from Sloane Street Auctions

22 January 2024

A sculpture due to be offered at Sloane Street Auctions has been stolen from its gallery.

Stolen mantel clock

Plea to trace stolen art and antiques from two separate burglaries in Sevenoaks

19 January 2024

Investigators from Kent Police are appealing for information on two separate crimes in Sevenoaks when artworks and an antique clock were stolen.

Gold pin brooch

Appeal after £2000 worth of jewellery stolen from Norfolk antiques centre

13 January 2024

An antiques centre in Holt, Norfolk is appealing for help to recover stolen jewellery taken during a theft.

British Museum

British Museum to improve security, record keeping and audits

12 December 2023

The independent review of the British Museum in the wake of thefts from its collection has been published.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jewellery

Plea to trace stolen jewellery and a watch from Beccles and Bath

07 October 2023

Police in Suffolk have appealed for help to trace antique jewellery stolen from a shop in Beccles.

British Museum

British Museum steps up recovery plan for stolen jewellery

26 September 2023

The British Museum has begun a series of measures to try to recover the 2000 jewellery items that were stolen from its collection.

ATG Lawyer Writes V3 JPG

A lawyer writes: Stolen items – it’s wise to know your limitations

18 September 2023

Ownership claims can rest on a six-year restriction and proving good faith

Chris Marinello and Dr Jonathan Oates

Stolen Martinware bird returned to museum after 15 years

14 September 2023

A third stolen Martinware bird has been recovered more than 15 years after it was stolen in west London.