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25 August 2015

Ivory: responding to the Fish & Wildlife Service

Ivory inlay depicting elephants, Nubian, circa 1700-1550 B.C.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Since the publication on 29 July in Washington of the Fish & Wildlife Service's 'Rule' setting out proposed amendments to the Endangered Species Act, auction houses, collectors, dealers, and museums in the States have been considering and progressing their responses.  The clock is ticking down on the 60-day window allowed for written arguments.

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26 July 2015

Ivory: Fish & Wildlife Service publish 'Rule' to amend implementation of Director's Order 210

Ivory Panel with Qur'anic Inscription, 1550-25. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore

Make no mistake: the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) is faced with a tough task.  It must, among many other responsibilities, implement universally supported government policy on the conservation of endangered species.  With regard to Director's Order 210, first issued in February last year, its role is to contribute to the elimination of the illicit trade in poached ivo...

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18 July 2015

Ivory: 'African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015'

David Le Marchand, Sir Isaac Newton, 1718.  Collection: British Museum, London

On 15 July, Senators Steve Daines [R-MT] and Lamar Alexander [R-TN] introduced into Congress a wide-ranging Bill aimed at halting the over-regulation of 'legal ivory'.  If adopted the Bill would specifically end what is, in effect, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's unilateral ban on the import of lawfully possessed ivory.  Impediments to internal trade and legitim...

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14 July 2015

Sybella Bullock (1805-1850): her prize medal of 1825 re-discovered

Sybella Bullock was a daughter of the entrepreneur and showman William Bullock (1773-1849), and the niece of the sculptor, designer and cabinet maker George Bullock (1782/83-1818).

Such little information as is known of Sybella Bullock's life can be gleaned from Michael P. Costeloe, William Bullock Connoisseur and Virtuoso of the Egyptian Hall: Piccadilly to Mexico (1773-1849), Bristol, 2008.  One of William's and his second wife Catherine's three children, Sybella probably took her grandmo...

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3 July 2015

News from London


As July begins, it finally feels like summer.  The art market is entering its end-of-season phase, but here in London, at least, things will remain active for several more weeks.

In what a modernist architect perceptively described to me as a 'visually hyperactive ambience', Masterpiece was well attended and much enjoyed (see photograph above).  The balance between beauty and bling is increasingly weighted towards the former, and in this the event shows signs of growth and maturity.  ...

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