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.

Business better at the top, BADA survey reveals

03 July 2013

Business is best if you are at the top of the tree, according to the latest survey published by the British Antique Dealers’ Association.

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Debate poses the question: Do you need a gallery to succeed?

17 June 2013

The argument was lively at this year’s ATG debate at the Summer Olympia fair, as BADA and LAPADA dealer Lennox Cato and Be Smart About Art founder Susan Mumford, disputed whether a gallery is still necessary for business in the modern marketplace.

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BADA unveil Object of the Fair and Best Stand awards

18 March 2013

This very rare Queen Anne gilt gesso dressing table, shown by Mackinnon Fine Furniture of London, has been voted Object of the Fair at the ‘BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair’.

BADA welcome a new president

17 December 2012

After seven years, Baroness Rawlings will step down as president of the British Antique Dealers’ Association in January to be replaced by Lord Evans of Temple Guiting.

Survey shows BADA impact on world market

30 July 2012

Of all the statistics – and there are many – to emerge from the British Antique Dealers’ Association 2011 Survey, it is the £855m ($1.4bn) estimated turnover among members that stands out.

BADA appoint new chairman

25 July 2011

THE British Antique Dealers’ Association council have appointed Jonathan Coulborn as their new chairman.

Some positives from BADA members’ survey

04 July 2011

THIS year’s British Antique Dealers’ Association survey shows that annual combined sales of BADA members are estimated at £698 million. The figure is almost unchanged from last year.

Trade holding steady says BADA

04 May 2010

BUSINESS is holding up well for members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association despite the recession. With a projected combined turnover of about £752m, the impact of the downturn has not been as heavy as feared.

Slow-paying clients create cash-flow problems in downturn

11 February 2010

A SURVEY of members by the British Antique Dealers Association has found that late payments as a result of the recession are causing a significant number of them cash-flow problems.

New appointments on the BADA Council

20 July 2009

CHANGES to the hierarchy were on the agenda at the AGM of the British Antique Dealers’ Association on July 7, the most important being the appointment of Harrogate picture dealer Ian Walker as the new chairman of the association.

Grosvenor House Fair scrapped

01 July 2009

JUST after what was generally agreed to be a very successful 75th anniversary staging, the Grosvenor House Art and Antiques Fair has been scrapped as no longer economically viable.


Heseltine guest of honour at BADA’s 90th

10 November 2008

THE British Antique Dealers’ Association celebrated its 90th anniversary with a dinner for 160 members and guests at Fishmongers Hall in the City of London on November 4.

Cato apologises after TV mistake at Olympia fair

14 July 2008

AT their Council meeting last week the British Antique Dealers Association decided on no further action regarding complaints by some members that well-known Kent dealer and fellow member Lennox Cato was fitted with a microphone while carrying out vetting duties at last month's Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair.

Change at the top for the BADA

23 June 2008

Elaine Dean, Secretary General of The British Antique Dealers’ Association for the past 25 years, will step down on July 10. She will be succeeded by her current deputy Mark Dodgson who already has 18 years experience with the BADA.

BADA accepts Hobbs resignation

12 May 2008

AFTER suspending the membership of London dealer John Hobbs following allegations made against him in the press in early April, the British Antique Dealers’ Association have announced that Mr Hobbs has resigned from the association.

BADA suspend member pending inquiry

14 April 2008

The British Antique Dealers’ Association have suspended the membership of John Hobbs pending an inquiry into the allegations made against the Pimlico Road dealer in a national newspaper.

BADA dealers see improved trading climate

21 May 2007

An improvement in the trading climate but a negative response to the artists’ resale right were among the findings of the latest British Antique Dealers’ Association members poll.

North East to host first quality fair

21 May 2007

The increasingly prosperous North East of England will receive its first high-end antiques fair next February when 27 LAPADA or BADA dealers descend upon Linden Hall, near Morpeth in Northumberland.

Cato launches BADA centre

02 April 2007

KENT dealer and BADA member Lennox Cato has bought the premises next to his Edenbridge shop and this week reopens them as The Edenbridge Galleries, a centre exclusively for BADA members.

BADA to mark 90th anniversary

02 April 2007

NEXT year the British Antique Dealers Association celebrate the 90th anniversary of their foundation with a series of countrywide exhibitions in members’ shops and galleries.