Cynthia Walmsley is a specialist dealer in portrait miniatures & silhouettes since 1994. She works from home in Nottingham exhibiting at Antiques Fairs around the country including The BADA Fair and Penman’s Antique & Fine Art Fairs. Her comprehensive stock is in immaculate condition and advice on investment and collection guidance can be given to both the novice and experienced collector.

She is a member of BADA and CINOA and adheres to the Associations’ strict code of practice assuring clients of the highest level of service and professional conduct.

Some items we offer for sale incorporate or are made from antique elephant ivory. We deplore the illegal poaching of elephants, but it is important to understand that any antique items made from ivory that are offered for sale by [Cynthia Walmsley were created at a time when ivory was a widely available material. African and Asian elephants then existed in such large numbers that their survival in the wild was not threatened. Since Roman times ivory has been used by craftsmen as a singularly responsive material with its subtle, glowing colour. It can be cut, carved or etched and has been used for hundreds of years to create historically and religiously significant works of art, as well as many objects of a more utilitarian nature. The value of all these objects lies in the craftsmanship applied to their creation and not in the ivory material itself.

Genuine antiques containing worked ivory can be sold in the UK and transferred to most EU countries without a licence. Should you wish to take antiques containing ivory to a country outside the EU it will be necessary to obtain CITES permits for them in advance of shipment. This is a straightforward process with which we will be happy to assist.