Letters to the Editor


ATG LETTER: Bottles collection opens opportunities

01 April 2019

MADAM – For the past 20-25 years I have been supplying table cruets and glass cruet bottles to the public by way of antique centres and directly to the trade via antique fairs.


ATG LETTER: Pot pourri mystery Napoleon link

01 April 2019

MADAM – Inspired by the feature in ATG No 2384 about the little-known Girl-on-a-Horse English ceramic factory [also known as Compass factory], perhaps I could offer your readers another puzzle.

ATG letter: A Clarice Cliff book to remember

18 March 2019

MADAM – It was good to see Clarice Cliff featured in ATG No 2383. As mentioned, the pottery has had its ups and downs over the years and in any case ‘Clarice’ has always been a little ‘Marmite’.

ATG letter: Fee rises need to be much clearer

18 March 2019

MADAM – I believe auction houses should make it clear to bidders that buyer’s premium has gone up and the fee does not include VAT.


ATG letter: What has happened to customer service?

11 March 2019

MADAM – Having received issue No 2381 of your informative magazine, I discovered an advert for a forthcoming sale in March with two items I much desired.

ATG letter: Maas strict on recto dysfunction

11 March 2019

MADAM – A definition in your glossary is incorrect (ATG No 2382). Strictly, the terms verso and recto apply to books, meaning the left and right pages. Certainly they don’t both apply ‘to the back of a picture’.

ATG letter: Parcel policy is puzzling

04 March 2019

MADAM – We can always count on Gavin Littaur to fill your letters page with a hefty dose of common sense (ATG No 2381). But I fear his dispute with Defra will come to nothing if my present spat with HMRC is anything to go by.

ATG letters: Ivory antiques ban ‘madness’

04 March 2019

MADAM – In so many respects, anyone reading or watching the news over the last 12 months could quite easily believe that the whole world has gone mad.

ATG letter: My world came crashing down

25 February 2019

MADAM – Further to handling horrors stories (Letters, ATG No 2379), I can remember visiting a general sale at WH Lane auction house in Penzance in the early ’70s, when all sales were general, and spying an interesting painting high up on the wall, was given permission to climb up to see it.


ATG letter: Engine meets the family

25 February 2019

Stephen Campbell, descendant of Victorian engineer John Campbell, surprised his family last weekend when he revealed that he had bought his great-grandfather’s award-winning steam engine (Pick of the week, ATG No 2380).


ATG letter: Wilde trials were later

25 February 2019

MADAM – I am sure that others will have identified a mistake in your piece about William Powell Frith’s 'The Private View at the Royal Academy' (News, ATG No 2380).


ATG letter: Feeling fobbed off by ivory ban response

18 February 2019

MADAM – As a long-term collector of antiques, as well as a student of the auction scene and an active participant in the ongoing debate on the ivory ban, I thought that it might be helpful to bring readers up-to-date in respect of approaches I have made in recent months to Defra’s Ivory Policy Team.

ATG letter: Man writes letter to ATG

18 February 2019

MADAM – As a small volume trader in toys, games and collectables, I find your publication excellent, useful and informative. BUT I am becoming jaded with your headline policy.

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ATG letter: Breaking news of handling horrors

11 February 2019

MADAM – I have some sympathy with the vendor who would not allow his watch to be opened (Letters, ATG No 2376).


ATG letter: Bid Barometer mystery sitter identified

11 February 2019

MADAM – Regarding Bid Barometer, ATG No 2377, your readers might be interested to know that the portrait painting featured is in fact a self-portrait of Helen Lessore (of Beaux Arts Gallery fame).

ATG letter: Southon shopping shocker

11 February 2019

MADAM – I am following the current debate regarding the range and fairness of auctioneers’ fees.

ATG letters: What’s next – an auction room admission fee?

04 February 2019

MADAM – a simple question to auctioneers in general: are you in danger of slowly killing the goose that lays the golden eggs?

ATG letter: Fees should not penalise those with knowledge

28 January 2019

MADAM – Bearing in mind that auctioneering can be a university qualification (unlike dealing) and is an occupation that charges for its services, should there not be some form of censure and control over firms that get it so wrong?

ATG letter: Insurance implications of the 'sleeper'

28 January 2019

MADAM – I totally agree with the comments made by Eddie Holt (‘Spectacularly wrong valuations? No thanks’, Letters, ATG No 2376) regarding valuations given by ‘experts’.

ATG letter: Was this post-sale price right?

28 January 2019

MADAM – Recently I was interested in an Chinese tile for sale at a well-known auction that was estimated at £5000-8000.