Organisations

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.

The Advertising Standards Authority

Advertising Standards Authority says auctioneers ‘should be clearer on fees’

03 January 2017

The Advertising Standards Authority has said auctioneers need to be clearer when presenting their commission rates.

Victoria Borwick MP

Victoria Borwick MP defends trade in antique ivory at House of Commons debate

14 December 2016

MP and BADA president Victoria Borwick has given a passionate defence of the antique ivory trade in Parliament, strongly arguing against a total ban.

LAPADA Conference

Security and trust top the bill at LAPADA conference 2017

13 December 2016

LAPADA, The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has announced the programme for its 2017 conference which will tackle some of the major issues dealers face today.

Philip Mould

Fake or Fortune? presenters ‘in dispute’ over new BBC show

06 December 2016

A media report of a spat between two of television’s best known art detectives – dealers Philip Mould and Bendor Grosvenor – has not been denied by the dealers when contacted by ATG.

Dealers’ association asks industry to contact MPs over new cultural property law

01 December 2016

The Antiquities Dealers’ Association says the wording of the Cultural Property bill currently passing through Parliament ‘risks serious damage’ to the market and exposes members of the trade to an “unfair” risk of prosecution.

G Munn

Wartski director Geoffrey Munn appointed chairman of BADA Trust

30 November 2016

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) has appointed Geoffrey Munn of Wartski as Chairman of Friends of the BADA Trust.

John-Paul Savant of Auction Technology Group

Building the best bidder experience – Auction Technology Group CEO John-Paul Savant on why the company has rebranded

29 November 2016

What’s in a name? Quite a lot, actually, if you’re John-Paul Savant, chief executive of the newly-rebranded Auction Technology Group, the company formerly known as ATG Media.

Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo

Art detectives needed for the nation

28 November 2016

Do you know who this bespectacled gentlemen is? Or whose hand is behind this painting of ‘Laomedon Refusing Payment to Poseidon and Apollo’? If you think you do, you could become an art detective for the nation.

Westminster Parliament London

Trade associations seek to amend bill in Parliament to ‘protect’ legitimate art market

25 November 2016

Politicians and trade bodies have raised further concerns over how a new Cultural Property Bill could impact the art market.

Polesden Lacey House

Appeal for information after items stolen from National Trust property in Surrey

24 November 2016

Police are appealing for information following a theft at Polesden Lacey House, a National Trust property in Surrey.

Mathias Ary Jan

French dealers’ association SNA appoints Mathias Ary Jan as new president

23 November 2016

The French national antique dealers’ association Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) has appointed Mathias Ary Jan as its new president at a meeting of the board of directors yesterday.

John-Paul Savant

ATG Media renames to reflect expansion across auction sectors

22 November 2016

ATG Media, corporate parent of ‘Antiques Trade Gazette’, has been rebranded as the Auction Technology Group.

William Hogarth’s ‘The Christening’

Export block for William Hogarth’s first painted satirical scene

16 November 2016

The government is hoping to find a UK-based buyer to pay £1.2m for an 18th century William Hogarth painting to prevent it from leaving the country.

FT letter from trade body heads

Trade bodies unite to fight tax reforms that impact art and antiques trade

11 November 2016

Efforts to protect the trade’s Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) against tax reforms gathered steam this week with the publication of a letter from three leading trade associations in the Financial Times.

Chelsea Books

ABA reports 50% rise in sales during their annual Chelsea Book Fair

10 November 2016

The Chelsea Book Fair, which closed November 5 after a two-day run, has reported an increase in sales of nearly 50% on last year’s fair.

BADA Provenance certificate

BADA launches ivory certificates to reassure buyers and stop modern material entering market

02 November 2016

The British Antiques Dealers’ Association is launching an ivory object certification system for its members, as one response to the government’s push for proof of age whenever pre-1947 worked ivory is sold.

ILAB Leaders

ILAB elects new members of its international leadership committee

27 October 2016

The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) elected a new president and vice-president at their recent biannual OGM.

Michael Mazarind tapestry

Export block for 300-year-old London tapestry

24 October 2016

The government is hoping to find a UK-based buyer to pay £67,500 for a 300-year-old tapestry to prevent it from leaving the country.

BADA Insta

Unravelling Instagram: five top tips for dealers using social media app

19 October 2016

Social media is a low risk, low cost outlet for dealers and auction houses to promote their wares.

Dr Bendor Grosvenor and Jacky Klein

New BBC art show uncovers Flemish masterpiece in Swansea storeroom

28 September 2016

Dealer and art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor is fronting a new series called ‘Britain’s Lost Masterpieces’ on BBC Four.

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