Letters to the Editor


Art Detective: help identify mystery works

16 December 2019

An occasional feature on mystery works the Art UK charity is seeking help to identify.

How wrapping and pellets can be ‘green’

16 December 2019

MADAM – Regarding your recent letters about ‘green’ ways to pack art and antiques, here at Adrian Harrington Rare Books we have found a supplier of biodegradable bubble-style wrapping and foam pellets that are a ‘green’ solution for packaging books and sending them around the world.


ATG letter: Disgruntled dealer reacts to the 1stdibs price rise

09 December 2019

MADAM – I was surprised by your editorial on 1stdibs last week and what it implies (News, ATG No 2419).


ATG letter: Not just fish and chips, great for antiques too

09 December 2019

MADAM – Has that antique dealer in Surrey who asked about alternatives to bubble wrapping ever thought of using straw or scrunched-up newspaper, both of which are recyclable (Letters, ATG No 2420)?


ATG letter: Packaging poses an eco-problem

02 December 2019

MADAM – Like many antiques businesses, we sell small fragile objects (in our case, ceramics and glass) that require protective wrapping for safe transit, especially when we’re sending them by post or courier.

ATG letter: What about compensating the donor too?

02 December 2019

MADAM – Gerry Pearce’s letter (ATG No 2419) is in my view an example of double standards. He, of course, makes no mention of the innocent donor who almost certainly would have retained the £380,000 vase had he/ she been aware of the value and even maybe have sold it through Ewbank’s themselves!


ATG letter: Make it a charity case

25 November 2019

MADAM – Sleepers and lucky antique finds make interesting and headline grabbing news stories.

ATG letter: Stop sitting on the fence and now back our ivory ban challenge

18 November 2019

MADAM – “The course of justice often prevents it” – Edward Counsel (1849-1939), Australian public servant and administrator


Antiques coverage in a loo

04 November 2019

Businessman Nick Radclyffe and his family run Foxdenton, a producer of English fruit gin liqueurs and London dry gin, and can trace the family’s ownership of the Foxdenton Estate in Buckinghamshire back to the 14th century.


All in good taste: Bernard Quaritch new premises

21 October 2019

Bernard Quaritch marked the opening of its Bedford Row premises last week with a red velvet cake in the shape of the new shop.

ATG LETTER: Your one-stop site for Troika

21 October 2019

MADAM – You very kindly published a letter from me last year (ATG No 2339) regarding my search for the whereabouts of the three remaining Troika pottery bowls of fruit.

ATG letter: When is a sale not a sale?

14 October 2019

MADAM – It’s good to see the Irish applying ARR as it was intended ie the seller pays and no charge on estate sales (ATG No 2409).

ATG letter: You can have too much of a good thing

14 October 2019

MADAM – what a surprise to read auctioneer Gary Watson’s letter (ATG No 2411) which advocated disposing of all deceased property and estate through the medium of a public auction.

ATG LETTERS: Make sure the BADA name is protected

12 October 2019

MADAM – I have to say that I have been very upset and distressed, and also confused, by the events concerning principally the supposed sale of the majority shareholding of the BADA fair.


ATG LETTER: Cricketana auctions and an uncanny resemblance

07 October 2019

MADAM – I was pleased to see the report in ATG No 2410 on the cricket collection sold by the Canterbury Auction Galleries.

ATG letter: Let the market determine true value of an estate

30 September 2019

MADAM – I wholly concur with the sentiment expressed by your reader Robert Pugh (ATG No 2407) that ‘good luck’ stories are just as often ‘bad luck’ stories.

ATG letters: Curate’s egg may be more famous

30 September 2019

MADAM – I was much taken with the George Du Maurier ‘aesthetic’ drawing at Wallis & Wallis (ATG No 2409).


ATG letter: The impressive Princess Pauline was every inch a Bonaparte

30 September 2019

MADAM: I refer to the article (ATG No 2410) on a necklace and bracelet composed of 1st and 2nd century Roman gold Aurei coins said to have been commissioned by the Emperor Napoleon as a gift for his sister the Princess Pauline Borghese.

Statement by officers of the BADA council

23 September 2019

BADA sent ATG this statement last week providing further details on the sale of a majority stake in its fair


Other traditional fairs have stayed the same and perished

23 September 2019

MADAM – Amid the BADA voices calling for an EGM (ATG No 2409), let me add that one thing is certain: the days of traditional art and antiques fairs are numbered, thanks to changing tastes and an ageing buyer audience.