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.


Coin-grading firm ties with Spink as Royal Mint provides valuation service

19 February 2018

Coin-grading firm The Certified Collectibles Group (CCG) has expanded again in the UK and will open an office in London in April on the third floor of dealership Spink’s headquarters.


Burdon takes on presidency of international booksellers

19 February 2018

Australian bookseller Sally Burdon has been elected president of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB). She succeeds Gonzalo F Pontes who was president from 2016-18.

Royal Mint in Llantrisant

Royal Mint continues commercial drive launching a coin valuation service… for a fee

14 February 2018

The Royal Mint is expanding its interest in the historical coin market by launching an authentication and valuation service which is available via its website.

BADA to certify ivory ahead of law changes

12 February 2018

Antique dealers association BADA is to proceed with its planned certification scheme for objects made from or containing endangered species, ahead of any changes to the law.

eBay offices

EBay drops Paypal after signing with new payment platform

08 February 2018

Across the next five years, eBay is to drop PayPal in favour of a new online payment processor. The e-commerce giant says the decision to use Dutch firm Adyen to process future payments will benefit both sellers and buyers.


Assay Office crackdown on illegal silver

05 February 2018

The London Assay Office (LAO) is to launch a crackdown on what it says is a rise in illegal antique silver being offered for sale.


Book dealer uncovers story of soldier in disguise

05 February 2018

If you want to find something unusual in the book and ephemera line, then head to one of the fairs held by the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association (PBFA).

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Chippendale Society acquires rare French-language edition of cabinet maker’s ‘Director’ from London bookseller

31 January 2018

London bookseller Thomas Heneage has sold a rare French-language edition of Thomas Chippendale’s (1718-79) seminal design book, ‘The Gentleman and Cabinet Maker’s Director,’ to The Chippendale Society.

Mossgreen auction

Australian association insists on client accounts following collapse of Mossgreen

29 January 2018

The Australian professional auctioneering body has called for all auctioneers to introduce client accounts – known as trust accounts in Australia – to avoid a repeat of the grim situation at failed firm Mossgreen.


Ivory debate - So what exactly does BAMF mean by ‘museum quality’?

29 January 2018

Readers have contacted ATG asking for a definition of ‘museum quality’ – the term used by the British Art Market Federation in regards to those pieces of antique ivory it believes should be exempt from any proposed ban. Here we publish BAMF's exemption explanation as featured in its submission to DEFRA.

Raynham Hall

BADA Friends kicks off 2018 with Butchoff Antiques and Raynham Hall initiatives

22 January 2018

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association (BADA) is continuing its support of the wider art and antiques market with the promotion of a country house collection and more of its ‘young dealer’ networking events.


BADA celebrates centenary with special showcase at March fair

16 January 2018

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association (BADA) will host a showcase of antiques and art used in contemporary interiors as part of its schedule of centenary celebrations this year.

Helen Brocklebank

Learn from luxury goods, says LAPADA

15 January 2018

How art and antiques can learn from the world of luxury goods and take advantage of Brexit will be the focus of the LAPADA Conference next month.


2016-17 museum donations rise in boost for inheritance tax scheme

15 January 2018

Donations to museums via inheritance tax schemes grew 22% in the past year, according to the latest Arts Council annual report.

BAMF: how exemptions for ivory can work

08 January 2018

The British Art Market Federation (BAMF) has explained how exemptions for antiques could work in practice once the government’s proposed ivory ban comes into effect.


Ivory consultation: BAMF makes sacrifices in strategic pitch

08 January 2018

Focus on ‘museum quality’ and certification, says British Art Market Federation...

NAVA says preserve the status quo in ivory consultation bid

08 January 2018

Auctioneer and valuer association NAVA Propertymark does not agree with the terms of the ivory ban proposed by Defra and is calling for government to replicate existing ‘pre-1947’ rules.


Calling all craftspeople: West Dean College opens applications for summer festival

27 December 2017

Despite the wintery weather, West Dean College is looking forward to the summer months as it calls exhibitors and demonstrators to apply for its Arts and Craft Festival.

Richard Courtney and Victoria Borwick

English furniture dealer honoured for service to antiques trade

14 December 2017

West Sussex furniture dealer Richard Courtney has been awarded a distinguished service medal by the British Antiques Dealers’ Association.

BADA Friends

BADA Friends helps fund training for next generation British ceramicist

12 December 2017

The BADA Friends have ‘adopted’ a young ceramics student who is among the first intake of new ceramics programme.