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.
When Irish Eyes are Smiling - Bristol Loyalists folio sells well at Clevedon Salerooms
Clevedon Salerooms held another successful fortnightly sale of Antiques and Collectables at the Kenn Road Auction Centre on Thursday 1st October, the first of three this month. Of both local and Irish interest was a Victorian folio of ‘Addresses of Irish Loyalists resident in Bristol and Neighbourhood 1889’. This was competed for by online bidders on both sides of the Irish Sea, with an Irish buyer securing it as a multiple-estimate £310.