TEFAF announced that its future committees will include academics, curators, conservators, conservation scientists and independent scholars only (ATG No 2367).
Dealer associations BADA and LAPADA and Masterpiece chairman Philip Hewat-Jaboor last week defended the use of dealers (ATG No 2368).
Silver dealer Alastair Dickenson, Martin Levy, director of dealership H Blairman & Sons and Cristian Beadman, head of sculpture & European works of art at auction house Dreweatts are among those who have been particularly vocal on the topic.
Levy said: “To dismiss those in the market might seem to imply a lack of expertise and integrity among those who are, one assumes, rigorously selected by organisations such as TEFAF to fill their fairs.”
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