At Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers, we hold ourselves to the highest exacting standards regarding current regulations for ivory and other endangered species, as per CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora).
In December 2018, the Ivory Bill was given assent to become law in the UK, and thus The Ivory Act will come into effect in late 2019. This will, for the most part, see a total ban on the sale of ivory of any age, and also of export from or import to the UK. Anyone found in breach of the new law will face heavy fines and possibly even a prison sentence.
There will, however, be narrow and carefully defined exemptions, which according to gov.uk are:
The African elephant population is now at a critical marker with one third of the elephant population having been wiped out since 2007. Even now around 20,000 are slaughtered every year to meet the demand of the global ivory trade. China, previously home to the greatest legal and illegal traders in ivory, in 2017 announced a ban on domestic ivory trading. Other countries leading the way in reversing the situation for African elephants include Africa and the USA and until now there has been a great concern that the UK, alongside other European countries, were falling behind.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers are very happy to offer advice on ivory.
In the UK, as well as many other countries, the trade of endangered species is regulated by CITES (The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). Its purpose is to ensure that the trade of such species does not endanger their survival.
As an auction house, it is very important for us to work closely with CITES, particularly when dealing with taxidermy, animal skins, musical instruments and furniture made from tropical timbers.
The most common example that we encounter is South American rosewood, particularly in pieces made post 1947, such as the increasingly popular furniture of the 1960s and 1970s, by manufacturers such as Gordon Russell, Archie Shine and Merrow & Associates.
By law, in order to be able to sell such pieces, one must acquire a license from CITES. There are a number of varying criteria for such a license, depending on species and export destination. This is something that we are happy to apply for on a client’s behalf and charge for retrospectively.
Adam Partridge Auctioneers & Valuers are more than happy to discuss any queries regarding CITES, whether an item requires a license or the process itself.