The Ivory Act will come into force at the end of this year and, despite its exemptions, the commercial sale of many thousands of genuine antique objects that happen to incorporate 10% or more ivory will become illegal. Whether it’s chess sets, silver teapots, ivory fans or Chinese carved figures, we believe the impact on some owners of these historical items will be significant.
BADA, with the support of LAPADA, the Antiquities Dealers’ Association and SOFAA, wants to assess the financial impact the Ivory Act has already had and will have once it comes into force. We know that some people have been selling items in their collections or stock before the legislation is implemented and others have held onto the items, with the prospect of them becoming unsaleable.
The survey data will be used to produce a report aggregating all these losses; the names of individuals taking part will not be used in the report and will not be made known to BADA. It is possible that the report could become a vital piece of evidence in the event of a legal challenge to the Act. BADA is currently fundraising in preparation for such a challenge. If you would like to donate please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7589 4128.
BADA’s survey is being undertaken by Woodnewton, an independent market research company. To take part please click on the survey link:
Economic impact of the Ivory Act 2018
Please note that although you can move between different pages of the survey and make corrections, once you have selected “DONE” on the final page you will be unable to resubmit your answers.
We strongly urge you to forward this message to anyone (collectors, dealers, investors or auctioneers) who you believe has already been or will be financially damaged by the Ivory Act. The more people who take part in the survey the greater the authority it will carry. Please ensure it is completed no later than 4 March 2019, ideally sooner.