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.

New culture minister urged to introduce digital export licences

16 July 2018

New culture minister Jeremy Wright, appointed after a Cabinet reshuffle prompted by the resignation of David Davis and Boris Johnson, is being asked to prioritise the introduction of digital export licences for art works in time for Brexit.

Jeremy Wright MP

New culture minister urged to digitise export licences for art works

12 July 2018

New culture minister Jeremy Wright, appointed this week after a Cabinet reshuffle prompted by the resignation of David Davis and Boris Johnson, is being asked to prioritise the introduction of digital export licences for art works in time for Brexit.

Stationers Hall

Congress for rare book trade set for London in November

11 July 2018

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA) has released details of the 40th Annual Conference on Book Trade History.

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Lords to table ivory bill amendments

09 July 2018

The House of Lords plans to recommend amendments to the ivory bill in the hope that it will be “less damaging” to the art and antiques trade.

Michael Cohen

On the battle for antique ivory: an appeal from BADA’s chairman

02 July 2018

BADA and other trade bodies have raised half the money needed for a judicial review of the ivory ban. Here, BADA’s chairman Michael Cohen argues the battle is not lost and why dealers should continue to support, financially and otherwise, the trade bodies’ efforts.

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5 Questions: Fabrizio Govi

02 July 2018

Fabrizio Govi of Libreria antiquaria Alverto Govi (Italy) and Govi Rare Books (New York) was elected vice-president of ILAB this year.

Giotto

Art dealer in court over export of Giotto painting

29 June 2018

A London art dealer is in a high court battle with the Arts Council over the export of a Giotto di Bondone painting valued at £10m.

Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’

Art takes on wine and wins as it is crowned top investment asset

21 June 2018

Consignors tempted back by salerooms to sell at auction in 2017 has helped put art top of the league of investment assets, according to the latest report.

LAPADA hires fair manager

18 June 2018

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square, Mayfair, has hired a new fair manager.

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New LAPADA chief Freya Simms outlines what dealer members can expect during her tenure

18 June 2018

Public relations and fairs specialist Freya Simms is a mere two weeks into the job as chief executive of dealer body LAPADA but has hit the ground running.

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ABA Fair’s move to Battersea results in invigorated event

15 June 2018

The ABA Rare Book Fair London’s move to Battersea Evolution was marked by a 20% increase in visitor numbers last month, fulfilling organisers’ hopes for an invigorated event at the trendier location.

Parliament

Ivory bill amendments head to committee stage in parliament

12 June 2018

The ivory bill will be discussed in detail by 19 MPs as it reaches committee stage in parliament today.

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MPs consider extending ivory ban to more species

11 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near-total ban on the sale of African elephant ivory could be extended to include other ivory-bearing species before it becomes law.

Singer Sargent

Bowled over by Singer Sargent - National Trust secures painting of Ightham Mote

11 June 2018

In 1889, the artist John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) visited the 14th century manor house Ightham Mote in Kent and painted a picture of its occupants playing a game of bowls.

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ATG letter: This antiquities attitude must not cross the Atlantic

11 June 2018

MADAM – With high-profile seizures taking place, particularly in New York (‘Trade decries US crackdown on antiquities’, News, ATG No 2345), long-term damage is being inflicted on both the trade and museums.

Gilane Tawadros

DACS: Blockchain will create ‘fairer’ art market

11 June 2018

The growth of new technologies such as blockchain will lead to a ‘fairer and more ethical’ art market, says The Design and Artists Copyright Society (DACS).

‘A Game of Bowls’ by John Singer Sargent

Sotheby’s brokers sale of John Singer Sargent painting to National Trust

06 June 2018

A painting of a game of bowls by John Singer Sargent previously in the collection of the late A Alfred Taubman has sold to the National Trust’s Ightham Mote, the manor house in Kent depicted in the picture.

Parliament

Three hour ivory bill debate brings cross-party support in parliament

05 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near total ban on the sale of ivory passed its second reading in parliament with unanimous support last night.

Baggott

Antiques dealer highlights “nightmare” red tape of ivory ban on BBC politics show ahead of parliamentary debate

04 June 2018

Antiques dealer Michael Baggott has highlighted on national television the huge amount of bureaucracy that will ensue when the proposed ivory ban becomes law.

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Trade decries US crackdown on antiquities

04 June 2018

Demands for ‘looted’ items to be returned could be ‘disastrous’ for the dealers, say antiquities trade bodies...

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