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25 August 2015

Ivory: responding to the Fish & Wildlife Service

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

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 ivory.  It has been evident for the past eighteen months that this quest has been sweeping up in its wake the trade in world-class works of art made from or incorporating ivory.

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18 July 2015

Ivory: ‘African Elephant Conservation and Legal Ivory Possession Act of 2015’

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 legitimate ownership would also be overturned.  Equally, the Bill would lead to significant efforts being funded to assist anti-poaching efforts in countries with at risk elephant populations.

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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…

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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…

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22 June 2015

Masterpiece 2015: the lure of luxury in London

Masterpiece looks set, once again, to achieve its ambition of presenting a luscious array of luxurious objects to lighten the chill of a London summer.  The weekend saw a building site being transformed into a glamorous shop window for works…

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2 June 2015

Furniture and Works of Art, 2015: now online

In the middle of last week we received a pallet-load of cartons containing the latest edition of our annual publication  Furniture and Works of Art; it is ‘sage green’ this year, for those who always refer to these by the…

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26 May 2015

Summer in London: our new catalogue, and Masterpiece

As June approaches, the traditional art market in London will once again be centre stage. We are about to send out the 2015 edition of our annual catalogue Furniture and Works of Art. This year we include a cup and…

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15 May 2015

Instagram: eye-catching thoughts on the move

In circumstances that are beyond ridiculous, I recently lost my BlackBerry somewhere between New York and Chicago.  So, following years of lobbying by Clive Wilson (responsible for this website) I have been persuaded to move on to an iPhone.  I…

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21 April 2015

Ivory: no closer to an outbreak of common sense in the US?

Mirror Back, French (possibly Paris), 1350-75.  Metropolitan Museum of Art There are still no signs of a pragmatic dialogue on the impact of Director’s Order 210 (February 2014) breaking out in the public arena. The fact that there are ‘sides’…

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18 April 2015

‘Some Silver by John Hardman & Co for Charles Lygon Cocks’: a new discovery

In 1996, the Decorative Arts Society Journal (20) published Martin Levy, ‘Some Silver by John Hardman & Co for Charles Lygon Cocks’ (pp. 1-10).  The article discusses silver supplied to various members of the Cocks family, and in depth a…

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9 March 2015

A weekend in Maastricht: preparing for TEFAF 2015

We left London in a somewhat relaxed mood, after breakfast at the incomparable Little Bread Pedlar, but then our Eurotunnel crossing was delayed.  Some two hours later than scheduled, however, we arrived in the MECC to find that the indefatigable…

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15 March 2015

TEFAF, 2015: we are on our way

Creating stands for art fairs never loses its appeal.  Each March, by the time ‘Maastricht’ comes around, we will have spent the previous twelve months or more gathering together a group of fresh objects that we can present in a…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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