Getting your house in order
24th November 2018
This fine Anglo-Indian Vizagapatam ivory workbox, from the early 19th century, modelled as a house with the hinged roof revealing a fitted interior measures just 19cm wide sold at Clevedon Salerooms November Quarterly Specialist Sale for £4,500.
After a lengthy government consultation on the trade in antique ivory, from spring 2019 the law will change making the sale of this item illegal in the UK. It will be legal to own such a piece, but you will not be able to sell it. There can be no-one who disagrees that the slaughter of elephants for their ivory is a disgrace and must be stopped now. The question as to whether preventing the sale of a 200 year old antique item such as this will save the life of an elephant in the year 2019 has understandably strong views on both sides. Clevedon Salerooms have strict internal controls to ensure that any ivory they offer at auction complies fully with the current legislation and have recently assisted DEFRA in the design of the licensing website. There will be certain limited exemptions and Clevedon Salerooms valuers are well placed to advise clients in this area.
In the coming decade we must all hope that the change in the law has the desired effect on the plains of Africa. If it does, that will be reason enough to raise the roof.
Roaring start to 2021 at Clevedon Salerooms
Clevedon Salerooms held their first sale of the New Year on Thursday 7th January, a sale of Antiques and Collectables, at the Kenn Road Auction Centre. Despite the newly-imposed lockdown the auctioneers managed to achieve a selling rate of 90% thanks to condition reports and multliple images of every lot. With over 800 lots on offer, online and commission bidders had plenty to choose from and lively bidding on the day saw the auctioneers rewarded with some strong prices.