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ATG letter: ‘Constable’ – try the V&A for an opinion

20 July 2020

MADAM – Re: Anthony Carter’s enquiry about his painting of the Mill Stream and Willy Lott’s cottage which he thinks might be by Lionel Bicknell Constable (ATG No 2451), might I suggest he takes the picture to the Victoria and Albert Museum, which reopens on August 6.

ATG letter: Our thanks to Bennie Gray

20 July 2020

MADAM – We have read, with great interest, your reports about the problems encountered by so many antiques dealers since the start of the Covid-19 crisis.

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ATG letter: I have drawn a blank

20 July 2020

MADAM – I wonder whether your readers can assist with any information regarding this signed watercolour acquired in Norfolk in the late 1980s.

ATG letter: New look for ceramics website

20 July 2020

MADAM – The Transferware Collectors Club, the US-based international non-profit organisation dedicated to the study of British transfer-printed ceramics, is pleased to announce the launch of its newly designed website: transferwarecollectorsclub.org.

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ATG letter: My own collecting odyssey

20 July 2020

MADAM – I really enjoyed reading the Collector’s Interview in ATG No 2448, which featured the artist Michael Austin.

ATG letter: Army, navy, air force – Childers served in all

13 July 2020

MADAM – the report of the RN Reserve officer’s sword coming up for sale, and the report on the original owner, Erskine Childers, is somewhat incomplete (Previews, ATG No 2449). He in fact served in all three branches of the Service.

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ATG letter: Dealer says Portobello needs help to survive... and council gives its response

13 July 2020

MADAM – I was astonished to learn that the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea has specifically decided to refuse any grants under the Discretionary Grant Scheme to antiques market stallholders in Portobello Market.

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ATG letter: Maybe it’s a Lionel after all

13 July 2020

MADAM – Might I ask whether one of your readers is able to assist with a little piece of identification?

ATG letter: Legends of the late Laurie Langford

06 July 2020

MADAM – It was with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Laurie Langford, the renowned maritime antique dealer (Obituary, ATG No 2448).

ATG letter: It's unfair I don’t qualify for Covid grant as my premises are too large

29 June 2020

MADAM – I run a small conservation and restoration workshop in Kent and like many businesses in the UK, my activity has been greatly affected by the coronavirus emergency.

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ATG letter: Portobello landlord - grants are to help dealers pay their rent

29 June 2020

MADAM – Following on from ATG news articles (issues 2447 and 2448), it seems clear to me there is a group of Portobello Road traders who simply do not want to pay their rent during lockdown despite being in receipt of government grants.

Note on Letters from ATG

22 June 2020

We enjoy reading letters sent to us by our readers both via email and more traditional methods.

ATG letter: We have to live in hope

22 June 2020

MADAM – With the list of auctions increasing in every issue, it gives me hope that normality is on the way and soon we should be acting as normal albeit online for a while instead of bidding in person at these auctions.

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ATG letter: Churchill picture – could be by a man of Kent

22 June 2020

MADAM – Re: the crayon drawing of Churchill.

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ATG letter: I love this portrait, but who is Ernest?

15 June 2020

MADAM – I would be very grateful if any of your readers could shed light on the artist of the attached crayon drawing of Churchill.

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ATG letter: NZ post-lockdown: good news for traders

15 June 2020

MADAM – Re: the article on the front page of ATG No 2446 regarding art and antiques premises reopening.

ATG letter: Feedback on virtual fair

15 June 2020

MADAM – The Virtual Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair ended last Sunday (May 31) and we are now busy trying to gauge the short-term results. The main reason for putting it on was always to give all the exhibitors, who missed out on the real fair, a platform in May, and I am really touched by the many lovely messages sent to thank me and the team for our efforts.

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What am I bid for Buster?

08 June 2020

As lockdown kicked in, Edward Whitton of Whittons auction house in Honiton conducted online-only auctions outside in the fresh air (the first was held on April 2). Internet buyers reported hearing birdsong as they placed bids.

ATG letter: Don’t forget indoor fairs are returning

08 June 2020

MADAM – I was interested to see the details of ‘grand reopenings’ on front and p4 of ATG No 2445.

ATG letter: No room at the inn yet for our events

08 June 2020

MADAM – If any of your readers who run events have any news I would be grateful for any updates.

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