Paintings And Other Cultural Items Totalling £6.8 Million In Value Saved For The Nation Following Export Deferral


Seven items worth £6.8 million have been saved for the nation following export deferral during 2003-04. 

During the period 1 July 2003 to 30 April 2004, the Arts Minister, Estelle Morris, placed temporary bars on the export of nine objects of outstanding significance including tables, paintings and an archive. 

One item, worth £0.6 million, was exported after failing to find a UK purchaser. Another remains under deferral.

Details of all the cases are contained in the 50th annual report, published today, of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art  , which provides independent advice to the Arts Minister on the pre-eminence of cultural and historic objects seeking export licences.

Estelle Morris said:

"  It is very gratifying that such a high proportion of items placed under deferral has been purchased and will be retained in this country. All these 'saved' items will now become available for the public to enjoy, some, such as the archive of G King and Son of Norwich, in the area where they hold a particularly strong significance.

" I would like to congratulate the Chairman of the Reviewing Committee, Lord Inglewood, and all Committee members for their work. "


The items that have been acquired by institutions and individuals in the United Kingdom are:

  • Two paintings by Claude Joseph Vernet, Calme: A Landscape at Sunset with Fishermen returning their Catch and Tempête: A Shipwreck in Stormy Seas, purchased by the National Gallery (£2,402,680)
  • A painting by Richard Parkes Bonington, French Coast with Fishermen, purchased by the Tate (£2,117,500).
  • Four silver wine coolers, one pair by Robert-Joseph Auguste of Paris, 1766, and the other by Parker and Wakelin of London, 1768, purchased by a private individual who entered into a generous agreement with the Victoria and Albert Museum to allow public access (£1,098,514);
  • A painting by Annibale Carraci, The Holy Family with the Infant Saint John the Baptist ('The Montalto Madonna'), purchased by the National Gallery (£805,280);
  • A Siena marble side table made for the exceptional amateur architect and designer, William Beckford, purchased by the Beckford Tower Trust (£220,000);
  • A Regency table designed by Thomas Hope, c. 1800, purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum (£100,000);
  • The archive of G King and Son of Norwich, Norwich based lead glaziers, purchased by the Norwich Town Close Estate Charity (£13,810);

The Reviewing Committee is pleased to note significant grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund/National Heritage Memorial Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, and the MLA/Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, which made many of these purchases possible.

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