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5 February 2015

Ivory: a ray of sunshine from Alaska

A bipartisan bill was introduced into the House of Representatives yesterday to protect lawful ivory possession.  

'... the legislation, the African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possesion Act of 2015, would effectively end the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's unilateral moratorium on the importation, exportation, and sale of lawfully possesed ivory, while also making significant efforts to assist anti-poaching efforts in countries with elephant populations.' 

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1 February 2015

News from New York: WAS was a wow!

The Winter Antiques Show (WAS) drew to a close on Sunday evening.  The fair has been a huge pleasure: well organised, well attended, and active.  The atmosphere between the exhibitors is collegial, with constant conversation and laughter.  Business was done too.

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20 January 2015

The Winter Antiques Show: a warm welcome to New York


Sunday was one of those New York days when to be out on the streets was to be soaked to the skin.  It just rained and rained.  Still, having enjoyed a couple of rewarding hours at the Blind Pig, it was a pleasure to walk into the Park Avenue Armory, where the stands for the Winter Antiques Show were in an advanced state of readiness.

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12 December 2014

A Gordon Russell 'Writing Desk', 1925

Although the popular view prevails that English Arts & Crafts period design derives from the vernacular tradition, the story has, in fact, always been more nuanced.  Stephen Baker, in a perceptive article 'Gimson's Cotswold Furniture and its London Origins' (Apollo, January 1979) discusses the influence of sophisticated metropolitan furniture on Gimson and his Cotswold contemporaries.  As an example, Baker cites a late seventeenth-century cabinet on stand (pl. 2) as a form that eviden...

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29 November 2014

Ivory: the debate on the USA's ban continues, but with inadequate progress

It is nearly ten months since President Obama's executive order heralded a de facto ban in the USA on the import of works of art made of, or containing ivory.  Now, in some administrative and political circles, it is increasingly understood that the applauded effort to stamp out the trade in tusks from the endangered African elephant has had an unfair and unintended impact on the commercial movement of historic works of art.   Curators, collectors and respected figures involved in the market, ...

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