BADA

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is a trade association for antique dealers in Britain. Founded in 1918, BADA’s main aim is to ‘establish and maintain confidence between its members and the public, both in buying and selling’.

The association campaigns on issues affecting the trade and also stages an annual fair in London for its members.


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2020 vision

23 December 2019

For better or worse, Brexit is finally set to proceed and will be a major factor in the year ahead – as will timed auctions, anti-money laundering rules, the looming prospect of a near-total ivory trade ban, antiquities challenges and a new buying ethos based on cultural sensitivities, changes at major fairs and a growing ‘green’ movement.

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Seasonal good cheer for BADA specialists after strong sales

16 December 2019

Two leading BADA members have reported strong sales to close out the year.

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Election winners: Ashley Gray and Howard Walwyn voted onto BADA’s council

06 December 2019

Ashley Gray of modern textile and fashion illustration dealer Gray MCA, along with horology dealer Howard Walwyn, have joined BADA’s ruling council, with Gray urging members to look beyond traditional antiques for the association’s future growth.

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Fundraising effort for appeal against ivory ban ramps up

21 November 2019

Dealers and collectors granted an appeal against a High Court ruling on the Ivory Act 2018 are redoubling their efforts to raise the necessary funds for legal fees.

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BADA chief Forgione steps down to head trade body

28 October 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association is “considering options” after its chief executive, Marco Forgione, resigned to head the Institute of Export and International Trade.

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BADA chief Marco Forgione leaving after four years to head export trade body

23 October 2019

As the new head of the Institute of Export and International Trade, Marco Forgione vows to “advocate, in the strongest terms, for the vital role of antiques and art in global trade”.

ATG LETTERS: Make sure the BADA name is protected

12 October 2019

MADAM – I have to say that I have been very upset and distressed, and also confused, by the events concerning principally the supposed sale of the majority shareholding of the BADA fair.

BADA makes better communication pledge

07 October 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has committed to greater transparency and more consultation with its 300-plus members before key decisions affecting the trade body’s future are made.

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Artisan stories: Four cases of contemporary art and craft supported by the antiques trade

24 September 2019

Auction houses Bonhams and Sworders, dealer association BADA, and the Goldsmith Company have all supported craftspeople and artists in new initiatives this autumn.

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BADA set to hold meeting over fair sale

23 September 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is to hold a meeting for members on October 1 to discuss the sale of its fair and other concerns raised recently.

‘This is an excellent move’

23 September 2019

MADAM – The decision to sell the BADA fair to proven art and antiques fair organisers is an excellent move.

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Other traditional fairs have stayed the same and perished

23 September 2019

MADAM – Amid the BADA voices calling for an EGM (ATG No 2409), let me add that one thing is certain: the days of traditional art and antiques fairs are numbered, thanks to changing tastes and an ageing buyer audience.

Better to sell viable proposition now

23 September 2019

MADAM – The decision by BADA’s council to sell a majority stake in the fair was based on reliable information that the event faced making significant losses in the coming years. When we were approached by Thomas Woodham-Smith and Harry Van der Hoorn with an offer to invest in the fair, we had the opportunity to say ‘no’.

Time to look at things in a new and open way

23 September 2019

MADAM – There are positives about BADA’s decision to sell a majority stake in our annual fair. Not least of these is that the event needs fresh innovation. As an exhibitor for nearly 20 years, I felt it was getting tired and stale. It was time to look at things in a new and open way.

Statement by officers of the BADA council

23 September 2019

BADA sent ATG this statement last week providing further details on the sale of a majority stake in its fair

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I fear it will become just another pretentious art fair

23 September 2019

MADAM – As an American dealer in historical artefacts, I have made two or three trips a year to London over the past 20 years.

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Why BADA sold its flagship fair event

16 September 2019

‘The fair needs to develop. It was time to bring in a broader range of expertise and knowledge’ says BADA chief Marco Forgione

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BADA chief Marco Forgione: ‘We’ve sold the fair to ensure its future. Change was essential.’

11 September 2019

In a controversial move, the British Antique Dealers' Association has sold a majority stake in its annual fair to external investors, who will relaunch it as The Open Art Fair.

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BADA sells its London fair

09 September 2019

The British Antique Dealers’ Association has sold a majority stake in its annual fair to “make it sustainable for the future”.

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Antiques firms urged to register for EU trade permit as potential no-deal Brexit looms

03 September 2019

Trade associations are urging their members to apply for the required permit to continue importing and exporting with EU countries following Brexit on October 31.

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