The trade association LAPADA represents art and antiques dealers in the UK. It was formed in 1974 and is based in London.

It has more than 500 members and, although the majority are based in the UK, it also has around 50 members in 16 other countries.

The association was previously called the London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association but, while it retains the LAPADA acronym in its title, it is now known as ‘The Association of Art and Antique Dealers’.

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LAPADA celebrate £550,000 beano

10 October 2013

Bizarre, bonkers and not quite on the wall – the Bush Beano charity evening at the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square on September 28 was refreshingly different for an antiques fair.

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Test your knowledge of antiques with the LAPADA Quiz App

30 July 2013

Dealers’ association LAPADA have launched a new quiz app.

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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.

The LAPADA Quiz app: it could be addictive

10 June 2013

LAPADA have launched a new app which showcases members’ stock in the form of a quiz.

A fifth of our sales are now online, say LAPADA members

24 July 2012

Nearly one in five of all sales by LAPADA dealers are now online, according to the fine art and antique dealer association’s latest survey, covering 2011.

Banks let us down, say dealers

13 February 2012

A DETAILED survey of the relationship between antiques dealers and their banks has highlighted a serious breakdown in communication and little inclination on the part of the financial institutions to understand the special nature of the antiques business.

Dealers face their own banking crisis say LAPADA

14 November 2011

ESTABLISHING a satisfactory relationship with a bank appears to be one of the major difficulties facing art and antiques dealers in the current economic climate.

Survey shows cheques are still key to antiques trade

10 October 2011

A SURVEY conducted by LAPADA has revealed just how much the art and antiques trade relies on the cheque.

Vote now for Object of the Year

23 May 2011

VOTES can now be cast for the Object of the Year by visiting LAPADA's website at


Lord Chadlington, PR guru, takes LAPADA chair

29 November 2010

THE association of art and antiques dealers LAPADA has appointed Lord Chadlington, founder of PR giant Shandwick, as their new chairman.


Hausburg cabinet wins object of the year

14 June 2010

WINNER of the Country Life-LAPADA Object of the Year, announced last week at the London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia, was the so-called Hausburg cabinet belonging to Kensington Church Street dealers Butchoff Antiques.


Earl Howe leaves Lapada after gaining government post

14 June 2010

LAPADA chairman, the Earl Howe, 59, pictured here, has been appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health in the Coalition Government, so under parliamentary rules has resigned his post with the antiques trade’s largest trade association.

LAPADA Russian mission sows seeds for future trade

26 April 2010

LAPADA chief executive Sarah Percy-Davies has made significant inroads into the Russian domestic market on behalf of British dealers as part of an official British trade delegation.

LAPADA prepare for March trade mission to Moscow

22 February 2010

LAPADA are hoping to tap directly into the luxury goods market during a special trade mission to Moscow next month.

Brighter outlook expected for 2010 say LAPADA

15 February 2010

IT should be a brighter year ahead for trade according to the 2009 LAPADA Membership Survey.

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Linke desk wins Object of the Year award

15 June 2009

LAPADA’s year-long search for their object of the year ended at Olympia on June 9 when the prize was awarded to Mayfair dealer Adrian Alan, who submitted this magnificent Grand Bureau by François Linke.

LAPADA dealers expect a tough year ahead

16 February 2009

THE annual survey from LAPADA, the UK’s largest art and antique dealer association, shows a largely stable market compared with the previous year, but with one or two significant changes.

LAPADA to launch Modern arm to association

19 January 2009

LAPADA, the UK’s largest antiques trade association, are to launch a new division called LAPADA Modern in March.

Currency exchange benefits dealers

14 July 2008

LAPADA are have recently introduced a new benefit to members in the form of a personalised currency-exchange service offering more favourable rates and transaction charges than are generally available through banks.

LAPADA expand trade forums

07 July 2008

LAPADA, the Art and Antique Dealers Association, have announced a new forum with the West of England Antique Dealers Association (WEADA) – their sixth such arrangement.