V&A and the Met in tug-of-war over £2m medieval ivory

The 12th-century walrus ivory sculpture represents “one of the most culturally and aesthetically significant objects” the UK government’s reviewing committee has handled in the past five years


UK government to extend ivory ban to include hippos, sperm whales, narwhals, orcas and walruses

Ministers hope to close loopholes that see aquatic mammals vulnerable to poaching, but dealers in antique scrimshaw works of art say it will destroy their business

Miami art dealer sentenced to more than four years in prison for smuggling ivory sculptures

Eduardo Ulises Martinez was convicted of illegally transporting ivory and obstruction of justice

European Commission clamps down further on ivory trade

Restrictions upgraded as part of new EU Directive against environmental crime and, although targeted at raw ivory, will “suspend issuing certificates for worked specimens acquired after 1947 except for pre-1975 musical instruments"

The Big Review: Terrible Beauty: Elephant—Human—Ivory at Humboldt Forum

The first exhibition at the controversial new museum complex in Berlin unflinchingly confronts a controversial subject

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EU proposes tough new laws on antique ivory trade—despite lack of evidence it leads to modern-day poaching

Proposal appears to contradict European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen's assertion that any new restrictions must be proportional and "evidence based"


Born of hate and contempt, how the Bargello's extraordinary collection of medieval ivories came to be

Book tells the tale of how Italian museum amassed such a vast array of important sculptures thanks to Frenchman Louis-Claude Carrand

Judicial review of UK Ivory Act rejected

After months of fundraising to bring legal action, judge dismisses antiques trade's objections to upcoming ban

Passions run high as UK's controversial Ivory Act challenged in court

Antiques trade fought for judicial review of proposed ban, due to come into force in the coming months, but draft judgement will not be made until 31 October


UK museums lose opportunity to buy rare renaissance casket

Cabinet of curiosities cannot go to US because of tough ivory regulations


After UK's ivory ban, European Commission also considering tighter regulation

Consultation has started with a 62-page report commissioned from wildlife monitoring network


Frankfurt museum acquires more than 200 ivory sculptures

Liebieghaus sculpture museum says the acquisition of Reiner Winkler’s collection is the largest in its history


UK approves ivory ban

An extension to include hippopotamus, walrus and narwhal ivory will be discussed next year


$1.3m worth of ivory seized in California—the largest haul since a ban was adopted in the state

The Carlton Gallery of San Diego and a nearby warehouse had hundreds of pieces


The UK’s imminent law against the trade in ivory is a serious threat to liberties, says former Lord Chief Justice

Civilians will be allowed to enter your house, break open containers and use “reasonable force”


The UK’s ban on ivory sales will not protect the elephants

A spokesman for Traffic, the leading researchers of trade in endangered species, says it is the Asian market that drives the poaching, not the Western market


British Museum accepts collection of 500-plus ivory works—ahead of tough new UK regulations to protect elephants

Donation from Victor Sassoon was not accepted by the museum when it was first offered in the 1950s


What items will be exempt from the UK's tough new ivory ban?

British dealers have been awaiting the government's announcement—but questions remain how the new regulations will be implemented


Regulating Russian ivory trade is a mammoth task

Melting of the permafrost in Yakutia has led to a boom in fossil tusk gathering, causing problems for government and conservationists


Podcast episode 18: What's the future for ivory antiques?

We explore what new ivory regulations will mean for the art world and meet the 2017 Election Artist Cornelia Parker


Antique ivory not affected by China's complete trading ban

Regulation follows partial ban and intensive public campaign


How will the UK's proposed ivory regulations affect the trade?

Four exemptions, for art and musical instruments, are vital


Ivory-trade investigator Esmond Bradley Martin found murdered in Nairobi home

Former UN special envoy for rhino conservation was at the forefront of exposing scale of global black market for animal products


New definitive catalogue published on the V&A’s magnificent ivories

The summation of a lifetime’s work and a triumph of scholarship

Is very rare Benin ivory mask for sale?

Last of rare Benin ivories in private hands is expected to go on the market