Organisations

Trade organisations play an important role in the art and antiques market. Their remit may include lobbying, communicating information to members, offering professional development and qualifications, organising events, setting standards and ensuring adherence to them.

Other organisations listed in this section perform different functions such as providing online marketplaces, education or supplying other services to the art and antiques trade.

Stakeholders consider legal action on ivory

07 May 2018

Trade bodies whose members will be affected by the government’s plan for a near-total UK ban on the sale of ivory are seeking legal advice on challenging the proposals before they become law.

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Offshore hallmarks to be different to those used in UK, says council

07 May 2018

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) has decided that hallmarks struck offshore by UK assay offices should be different to those applied in the UK.

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Art Loss Register launches catalogue database

07 May 2018

The Art Loss Register (ALR) has launched a catalogue business to offer a searchable digital archive of art and antiques auctions dating back as far as the 1880s.

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Skilling up the book trade

03 May 2018

How do aspiring dealers acquire the skills and expertise needed to enter the rare books or works on paper trade?

Freya Simms

Freya Simms steps into top LAPADA role: "I'll ensure dealers are in a strong place with Brexit and the ivory ban looming"

30 April 2018

Former Olympia fair organiser and art market PR will head the dealer association, after the sudden departure of the previous chief.

Freya Simms

LAPADA welcomes new chief executive after sudden exit of previous head

30 April 2018

LAPADA has moved quickly to fill its chief executive slot, vacant after the sudden departure of the previous incumbent, by appointing art market public relations specialist Freya Simms to the role.

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LAPADA boss exits after just three months

23 April 2018

Patricia Stevenson, the former Tatler magazine publishing director recently appointed as chief executive of dealer body LAPADA, has left the association.

Online market expects competitive year with growth at 12%

23 April 2018

The online art market’s growth is slowing but the use of mobile phones to buy art continues to increase.

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No rolling 100-year date for ivory ban

16 April 2018

BADA has clarified a key element of the government’s proposals for a near-complete ivory ban – the stipulation that all items qualifying for the ‘rarest and most important of its type’ and portrait miniature exemptions must be 100 years old.

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Appliance of science: New hallmarks scheme for contemporary bronzes launched to fight fakes

16 April 2018

To address the increasing number of fakes, The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS) has launched a new digital ‘hallmark’ for editioned bronzes.

Brussells

Proposed EU cultural goods bill ‘unworkable’ say trade bodies

16 April 2018

Book dealers seek change to 250-years-old clause in proposed import licensing law.

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CADA antiques dealers celebrate ruby anniversary with Blenheim Palace fair

09 April 2018

Ruby is the theme at fair held in grand venue as trade body marks its 40th birthday milestone.

De minimis exemption becomes the new battleground in antique ivory sales ban

09 April 2018

The art and antiques trade is calling on the government to re-think its planned restrictions on the sale of antique items containing small amounts of elephant ivory.

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Ida John stars as face of CADA Fair at Blenheim Palace

09 April 2018

Sir William Rothenstein’s portrait of Ida John née Nettleship has been named ‘the face of the fair’ for the seventh edition of the CADA fair from April 19-22.

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IVORY BAN – industry leaders react: “We will draw the government’s attention to the ban’s inconsistencies”

03 April 2018

An idea that began life in 2015 with a Tory government manifesto pledge for a total ban on the UK trade in ivory has finally taken shape, though not as draconian as originally pitched and not yet set in legislative stone.

BADA Instagram

BADA chief welcomes “huge” step as Instagram launches ‘Shopping’ feature in the UK

20 March 2018

Instagram is making it easier for businesses to make sales by extending its ‘Shopping’ feature to eight new countries, including the UK.

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Archibald Knox silver inkwell among early sales at BADA fair

19 March 2018

Among the first sales of BADA 2018 was this modernist Archibald Knox silver and pink enamel inkwell sold from the stand of The Peartree Collection for more than £10,000.

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BADA fair looks forward, not back

19 March 2018

As TEFAF Maastricht hit fifth gear, it was best objects forward for the 100 dealers bringing art, design and antiques to BADA’s 2018 fair in Duke of York Square on the King’s Road, Chelsea last week.

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Dealer wins case over Old Master Portugal had ‘exported in error’

12 March 2018

A long-running dispute over the export of an important Old Master painting from Portugal has finally been settled after authorities ended an attempt to have the work repatriated.

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Former Chelsea Flower Show head takes on LAPADA fair

12 March 2018

LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has appointed a former head of the Chelsea Flower Show as its new fairs and events director.

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