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.


Dealer news in brief including Ukrainian aid efforts and a portrait miniature reattribution

14 March 2022

A roundup of news and events from around the trade

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Auction houses ban Russian bidders as sanctions take hold

07 March 2022

A number of UK auction houses have stopped taking bids from buyers in Russia in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.


Register antique ivory now says Defra ahead of ban

07 March 2022

The digital registration service for exempted items containing ivory is now live and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) is urging those wishing to sell items that qualify for one of these narrow exemptions to familiarise themselves with the new system.

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National Trust seeks missing portrait of Catholic saint from Oxfordshire home

05 March 2022

The National Trust is hoping to find a missing picture that was on display at Chastleton House in Oxfordshire.


LAPADA fair cancelled over rising costs

28 February 2022

Previously held in a purpose-built marquee in Berkeley Square every autumn, the trade association’s showpiece fair has not taken place since 2019 because of coronavirus restrictions.

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Firsts Online offers collectors a spot of armchair travelling

25 February 2022

From an 18th century bestseller to a 20th century modern fantasy first edition, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association’s fair offers buyers a chance to snap up antiquarian and rare books from the comfort of their homes this weekend.


How much carbon emissions are saved when buying second-hand furniture?

21 February 2022

Just how green is it to buy furniture second hand these days? A new study conducted by Small World Consulting on behalf of ATG parent company Auction Technology Group set out to provide the answer.


Partial to a portal? Read on…

21 February 2022

Our special focus on the online marketplaces now available to support business


Inside stories: How new focus on improving home spaces has boosted antique and vintage items

21 February 2022

Long periods of life at home because of Covid restrictions for both lifestyle and work reasons have encouraged a trend for younger buyers in particular to target second-hand items from auction houses and dealers


Looted bodhisattva sculpture returned to India via Italy

15 February 2022

With help from Christopher Marinello’s Art Recovery International, an 8th-9th century bodhisattva sculpture, looted from a temple in India has been recovered.


Antique ivory trade ban now weeks away

14 February 2022

The near-total ban on the trade in antique ivory in the UK promised three years ago is just a matter of weeks away from enforcement.

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Have your say on the government’s plan for a single export and import regulation system

01 February 2022

The UK government is consulting on its plans for a new system to help traders with imports and exports.


New SLAD director Paul Hewitt aims for steady but sure approach to trade challenges

31 January 2022

Society of London Art Dealers' new director general outlines his plans amid many challenges


Exhibition focuses on 1980s gallery's attack

31 January 2022

On the night of May 21, 1985, a postpunk art collective staged an anti-establishment protest on the galleries of Mayfair’s Cork Street.


BADA prepares for a busy 2022

31 January 2022

BADA Week returns this year from October 3-9 along with the BADA Art Prize for emerging Contemporary artists.


Online initiatives are here to stay, says LAPADA

31 January 2022

Since the outbreak of the pandemic many LAPADA members turned their attention to the web, says the trade association’s CEO Freya Simms.


CADA launches Cotswolds Curated exhibitions

31 January 2022

This spring the Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) launches Cotswolds Curated, a week of exhibitions by members around the area.


Government undertakes Ivory Act survey for “awareness campaign”

12 January 2022

The government has launched a survey for dealers and auction house specialists to help develop an awareness campaign on the Ivory Act.

ATG LETTER: SOFAA does not expect a printed catalogue

10 January 2022

The article ‘Doing the bidding of the Amazon generation’ (ATG No 2524), stated that the Society of Fine Art Auctioneers (SOFAA) expects its members to produce a printed catalogue for specialist sales.

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UK buyer sought for rare portrait of the future King William IV

22 December 2021

An export block has been placed on a portrait of the future King William IV painted during the American Revolutionary war, in the hope a UK buyer can be found.