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.

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Interviews: First-time exhibitors and returning dealers at The Open Art Fair 2020

09 March 2020

The first edition of 'The Open Art Fair' opens this month having morphed out of the BADA Fair. Here we speak to three dealers who have previously stood at the BADA event and another who has signed up for the first time.

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The Open Art Fair: Open for business in every sense

09 March 2020

Organisers of the new fair launching this month aim for an atmosphere welcoming to all

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How to promote the art and antiques trade and win new customers – LAPADA conference 2020

03 March 2020

How to best promote the art and antiques trade, take advantage of the worldwide focus on sustainability and win new customers were the themes for this year’s LAPADA conference.

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‘Outstanding’ maiolica medicine jar bought by British Museum in tax arrangement with dealer Sam Fogg

28 February 2020

A sixteenth century double-handled maiolica albarello, bought by Mayfair dealer Sam Fogg in 2014, has been acquired by the British Museum.

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Kensington Church Street dealer event takes royal theme for inaugural summer edition

26 February 2020

Dealers in Kensington Church Street are launching an event comprising a series of concurrent exhibitions.

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Record-breaking Martin Brothers grinning crab saved for nation heads to Plymouth after export block

19 February 2020

A new museum in Plymouth has acquired a ‘colossal and extraordinary grotesque grinning crab’ by the Martin Brothers after fundraising to keep the sculpture in the UK.

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No sex please – we’re British (clockmakers)

17 February 2020

Fancy committing to abstaining from “gaming, drinking, fornication” for a whole seven years?

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New faces at TEFAF and Phillips plus a new home for Abacus Auctions

11 February 2020

An update from across the world of art and antiques in ATG’s latest Movers and Shakers.

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Cultural heritage trafficking is in decline, says dealer association report

10 February 2020

The reported trafficking of cultural heritage objects is small and in decline, according to analysis by the IADAA (International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art).

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Antiques trade 'lagging behind on promoting its green credentials', celebrity interior designer says

05 February 2020

A leading interior designer will tell a gathering of antiques dealers next month that the trade has been slow to promote antiques as reused items – at a time when sustainability and climate change dominate political and commercial agendas.

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SOAS students awarded inaugural BADA Friends prize

29 January 2020

Corrina Ellis and Chih-En Chen, students from London School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), have been awarded the inaugural BADA Friends Brian Morgan Prize.

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Design history course to be launched in County Durham this year

28 January 2020

The Northern School of Art in Hartlepool, County Durham is recruiting students for a new design course.

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Stolen Afghan sculpture to return home after being spotted at UK auction

21 January 2020

An Afghan limestone sculpture believed to have been stolen during the Afghan civil war (1992-94), when Kabul was besieged, surfaced at an auction house in the UK last year.

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Anti-money laundering regulation - the art market must begin compliance

10 January 2020

The art market must now comply with the latest anti-money laundering law – despite a lack of clarity around some elements of the regulation.

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New anti-money laundering law: trade in paintings must comply, but not furniture, porcelain or books

08 January 2020

The ‘works of art’ covered by revised anti-money laundering legislation coming into effect in the UK this week exclude key collecting areas, after successful lobbying by art market trade bodies.

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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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Staffs figures in fresh focus

16 December 2019

In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Staffordshire Figure Association (SFA) in 2020, its 60 members worldwide are, for the first time, receiving a wall calendar.

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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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East London foundry first to sign up to new digital ‘hallmark’ for bronze sculptures

03 December 2019

Bronze Age Foundry in Limehouse, London, is the first foundry in the UK to adopt a new bronze hallmarking scheme.

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