Letters to the Editor


ATG LETTER: Why does eBay charge incorrect import VAT?

19 September 2022

I write concerning eBay’s practice of charging the incorrect import duty of 20% on some items that are over 100 years old; UK law is 5%.


ATG LETTER: Ramsden and Carr ‘are going to make me a silver cup’

19 September 2022

I am a lifelong Henry Scott Tuke historian and the buyer of the chalice featured in ATG No 2558.

Queen Elizabeth II

ATG LETTER: Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

19 September 2022

Regarding your request for memories of HM The Queen, I wanted to bring to your attention this photo published on the front page of ATG in March 1988.


ATG LETTER: Signed by Alfred not Louise

19 September 2022

I think I am correct in stating that the Wedgwood Arts & Crafts charger featured on the front page of last week’s issue (ATG No 2559) was painted by Alfred, not Louise, Powell.


ATG LETTER: Can readers name the designer of this table?

19 September 2022

I wondered whether any of your readers would be able to identify a designer or maker of this table?

ATG letter: A seal of approval for the waters of Holt

12 September 2022

I was fascinated by Roland Arkell’s article on sealed glass bottles that appeared in ATG No 2553. It was of particular interest as many years ago I was given the top of a green bottle with a roundel that included my family coat of arms.


ATG letter: My bank manager won’t be closing client account

12 September 2022

I was interested to read the article about smaller auction houses having to close client accounts due to some banks tightening their rules (ATG No 2555 ‘Banks close down client accounts’) despite it being a fundamental requirement of their membership of NAVA and SOFAA designed to protect buyers and vendors at auction.


ATG letter: Queen Elizabeth II (1926-2022)

12 September 2022

I thought this picture may interest your readers as we remember the life and work of Elizabeth II. Here she is presenting me with the Queen’s award for Enterprise for my PR Consultancy (Gong Muse) in July 2014.


ATG letter: Good reception at Ally Pally

12 September 2022

A pleasure to see the IACF Alexandra Palace Antiques & Collectors Fair back in action on September 4. A fair well above standard – not quite at the Olympia or Battersea level – and geared for people in the mid-price range.

Michael Baggott

ATG letter: Cash and credit cards are becoming the antique ways of paying for art and antiques

22 August 2022

Recently I rang the accounts department of a well-established saleroom that I’ve dealt with for over 20 years. It just happened that I was going to have to collect in person so was checking I could come up and pay while the second day of the sale was still going on.

Start sizing up the anti money laundering rules now because it affects both little and large businesses

15 August 2022

As the UK brought into force the EU’s fifth Money Laundering Directive in early 2020, it was believed that the art market had plenty of time to register and comply.


ATG letter: Thrilled to see Lady Northcliffe at last – we are always looking for the lost de Lászlós

08 August 2022

I was thrilled to see the portrait of Lady Northcliffe by Philip de László (1869-1937) featured in your publication (Art Market, ATG No 2552).


ATG letter: Whinburn Hall was home to La Thangue work

08 August 2022

With reference to the rediscovery of the painting In a Ligurian Garden by British Impressionist Henry Herbert La Thangue (News, ATG No 2553), I thought your readers may interested to know where it would have hung when it was purchased by textile tycoon Prince Smith.


ATG letter: Masonic tumbler is a 'masterpiece'

08 August 2022

The firing glass featured in Auction Reports, ATG No 2553, that is inscribed 'IM 1779' was in all probability used by the Installed Master for that year.


ATG letter: My cricket bat now has a hint of royalty

18 July 2022

I was enjoying reading the article on the queen’s brooch, which sold recently (ATG No 2550), when I was surprised to come across the name of Ray Lindwall, the scourge of English cricket in the 1950s.


ATG letter: Would that beautiful chess set be classed as museum quality?

18 July 2022

Referring to the UK’s near-total ban on selling antique ivory objects, would the beautiful Vizagatapam, India, c.1830-50, ivory chess set in the collection of Mr Holger Langer (Collector Interview, ATG No 2550) be classed as museum quality?


ATG letter: Plea for help to add to Pinxton information

18 July 2022

I am currently writing a supplement to my book 'The patterns and shapes of the Pinxton china factory 1796-1813', published in 1996.

ATG letter: End of medals and coins sales at Bonhams also means end of Glendining’s

11 July 2022

You reported on the front page of the ATG (No 2550) that Bonhams has added another auction house to its expanding stable.


That picture was worth a thousand words

11 July 2022

Viewing the superb image, captured on video (ATG No 2550), one can almost hear Tom Holland shout, “Yesss!”, in abandoned ecstasy, on securing for £3500 his dinosaur – specifically, a Psittacosaurus skeleton – sold at Woolley & Wallis last month.


ATG lettter: Our customers value fast, free and efficient shipping

04 July 2022

We were concerned to read the letter ‘Salerooms should get on board with in-house shipping’ (ATG No 2548).