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New year, new resolutions: 12 pledges to make 2019 a good year to be in art and antiques

07 January 2019

Art market players reveal what is top of their to-do list in 2019.

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The big debate: should dealers be vetting?

26 November 2018

The TEFAF decision to remove dealers from vetting at their shows has caused debate (ATG Nos 2367 & 2368). Here, silver dealer Alastair Dickenson writes to ATG giving his view, while we canvass opinion from four more experts.

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New daytime TV show ‘no substitute’ for Flog It!

12 November 2018

The art and antiques trade have a love-hate relationship with television shows depicting their career choice.

Comment by ATG's editor-at-large

05 November 2018

At times, the UK art market can feel London-centric – particularly in a week when the capital plays host to 'Asian Art in London' and the city stakes its place alongside Hong Kong and New York as a world hub for the Asian art market.

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Flog It! cancelled: Will the daytime antiques TV show be sadly missed or was it an idea flogged to death?

08 October 2018

The BBC’s decision to end the long-running Flog It! show after 17 years has been greeted with sadness by those involved and many viewers.

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Round table debate: The price is right

10 September 2018

In an increasingly complex marketplace, how should auctioneers and dealers charge for their services?

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ATG’s Chippendale news story: media reaction

03 September 2018

Our story last week revealed that ivory elements of an important piece of Chippendale furniture, the Rowland Winn commode made c.1766, were removed for its appearance at a Christie’s auction earlier this year, the commode having been imported from the US.

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Comment: Trade is putting up a good fight against Trump’s tariff

13 August 2018

The US-China trade war, previously the stuff of new technology, heavy industry and agribusiness, has now opened a new front: cultural heritage. The threat of a 25% tariff on imported Chinese art and antiques will soon be discussed in Washington, DC.

COMMENT: Now's not the time for the trade to throw in the towel regarding the ivory ban

09 April 2018

The general parameters of the government’s ivory ban, on the cards for years, are finally clear. As always with issues of CITES, the devil will be in the detail. Though the trade feels despondent in the face of the ban, a small concession on the currently very narrow 'de minimis' rule will make the ban a lot more manageable.

Editor’s comment: When the media tanks are on the art market lawn

12 March 2018

There tends to be two key narratives about the antiques business of interest to the mainstream media.

Soapbox: Should the best auction lot always be saved until last?

12 March 2018

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade… This week we ask two auctioneers about the best strategy regarding the positioning of the best lots in a sale.

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Ivory debate - So what exactly does BAMF mean by ‘museum quality’?

29 January 2018

Readers have contacted ATG asking for a definition of ‘museum quality’ – the term used by the British Art Market Federation in regards to those pieces of antique ivory it believes should be exempt from any proposed ban. Here we publish BAMF's exemption explanation as featured in its submission to DEFRA.

ATG comment – Should consignors expect their proceeds to be protected?

29 January 2018

Mossgreen is only the latest in a list of auctioneers that have gone under owing money to its core customers – consignors.

Editor’s comment: Let’s welcome an industry ‘outsider’

04 December 2017

When is parachuting in a leader from outside an industry a good idea?

Soapbox: If auction houses want more private buyers, should they open on Saturdays to accommodate them?

27 November 2017

Two opposing views on the big questions facing the trade. This week, ATG asks whether auction houses should open on Saturdays to accommodate more private buyers...

Editor’s comment: finally, a chance to have your say on ivory

09 October 2017

It’s taken more than a year to materialise but at last, the long-awaited consultation on ivory has arrived.

Editor’s comment: Quiet diplomacy will be heard

17 July 2017

Anthony Browne is girding his loins… with facts and figures on the art market.

Editor’s comment: The Conservative manifesto

22 May 2017

While businesses and consumers absorbed the devil in the detail of last week’s Conservative manifesto, art and antiques business leaders were more occupied by what wasn’t in the 86-page document.

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United we stand or going it alone: whither the trade after Brexit?

08 May 2017

Dealers tell ATG what it will take for the trade to handle market challenges and seize the digital initiative. This is an extended version available only to digital subscribers.

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