Obituary: Anna Plowden

Anna Plowden was one of the foremost object conservators of her generation and made significant contributions to the techniques and practice of conservation. Her interest was not contained to her own business, but also extended into membership of the Board of Trustees of the Victoria and Albert Museum and of various advisory bodies in the field of conservation.

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I've no moral qualms, says antiques dealer

A leading British antiques restorer who learned how to disguise ancient Egyptian artefacts as tourist trinkets to smuggle them out of the country yesterday said that Egypt had no moral right to ban the export of artefacts dating from its ancient civilisation.

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Fine art of buying antiques

Collect to invest: Go for pleasure, not profit, says John Andrew

Bring out your junk: it could be a star

TV is in the grip of antiques mania, reports Louise Jury

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Once it was the Stubbs painting hanging in a stately home that was at risk of the specialised art criminal. Now, apparently, the rest of the nation should consider locking up its lava lamps.

Spendthrift goes to Bath

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Certain things up in smoke

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Criminals are targeting churches and stealing valuable furniture, which they sell in antiques markets and shops in Britain and overseas, the police said yesterday.
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