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.

LAPADA set up fraud alert as they help trap conman

17 November 2003

LAPADA have set up an email alert system to warn members about fraudsters after an indepth investigation by the association led to a serial offender being caught and jailed. John Alderson of Seattle was convicted in the USA and has just been sentenced to 41 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release. He must also pay restitution of $146,000 to victims.

Art Fund host conference as report on future policy nears completion

10 November 2003

THIS week sees a two-day international conference at The Savoy in London to mark the centenary of the National Art Collections Fund. Saving Art for the Nation, A Valid Approach to 21st-Century Collecting? runs on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 11 and 12, and will focus on whether it matters if works of art that were once the pride of British private collections go overseas and how they should be rescued for the nation if we believe it is important to keep them here.

Thief jailed thanks to Gazette ad

03 November 2003

A thief who stole garden antiques worth over £34,000 in highly planned operations has been jailed for 15 months after being caught as a result of a Antiques Trade Gazette advertisement.

Outlets where the Antiques Trade Gazette is on sale in London

31 October 2003

For further information on the availability of Antiques Trade Gazette contact the circulation department on 020 7420 6601

Gazette Collection Points

30 October 2003

Due to the postal strike affecting some parts of the UK, Antiques Trade Gazette have activated their network of outlets across the country where it will be possible to pick up a copy of the Gazette. Listed below are the locations who have kindly agreed to be part of the network. Prior to making a journey, we strongly recommend that you confirm the availability of the paper at that location. If you have any further queries, please contact our subscriptions department on 020 7420 6601

Paypal proves a huge boost to eBay profits

27 October 2003

DOT-COM giant eBay have registered another set of record results, this time for the third quarter of 2003. With predicted turnover of $515m, the company actually registered revenues of $530.9m for the quarter, an 84 per cent rise on the same period last year.

LAPADA bid to reassure members over fair dealings

22 October 2003

LAPADA chief executive John Newgas has set out to reassure his association’s members that their interests are being looked after following criticism over the way recent developments have been handled.

Are your business rates too high?

14 October 2003

THE Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors have launched a Business Rates helpline which offers free advice to businesses across the UK. There is also a new, easy to understand leaflet available by calling the same number – 0870 333 1600.

RICS offer advice on gun safety

14 October 2003

THE RICS have issued detailed advice on gun safety in the saleroom. The advice follows the recent case where an auctioneer was fined after a professional musician lost part of his finger when a starting pistol was discharged in the saleroom.

New LAPADA fair venues at Claridge’s and Cheltenham

06 October 2003

Association to work with Bailey Fairs: LAPADA fairs are to continue both in London and the provinces but with new venues and new organisers, it has been announced. From next year for their London showcase the UK’s largest antiques association move into Mayfair and from April 14 to 18 launch The Claridge’s LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair at the exclusive Claridge’s Hotel in Brook Street, W1.

Entering the last Lap at the Institute?

02 October 2003

FROM a record 110 exhibitors just two years ago, when business was not exactly booming, expect no more than 50 at this autumn’s LAPADA Fine Art and Antiques Fair, to be held from October 8 to 12 at the Commonwealth Institute Galleries, Kensington High Street, London W8.

Keeping the thin red line steady in the buff

02 October 2003

REGIONAL dealers’ associations have become an integral part of the British trade over the past couple of decades and the first of them, the one that set the mould for all the others, the Cotswolds Antique Dealers Association this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.

SOFAA fete industry stalwarts

29 September 2003

THE Society of Fine Art Auctioneers have awarded a number of Honorary Associate memberships to leading industry figures. The awards were announced by SOFAA chairman Chris Ewbank at the society’s dinner, held last week at the Royal Thames Yacht Club in Knightsbridge.

Investment show fails to prove its worth

29 September 2003

Rubbing shoulders with racing stables, vineyards and Spanish holiday homes at the ExCeL exhibition centre on September 19-21 were dealers John Bly and Wakelin & Linfield, LAPADA and toy auctioneers Vectis. But an opportunity missed was the general consensus of the event among a dozen or so representatives from the trade who took part in the first Leisure & Alternative Investment Show.

Privates treaty sale

23 September 2003

IT started as a joke, but at £240,000, it is now one of the most important pieces of ceramics to change hands in recent years. One of the most extraordinary pieces of maiolica in existence, the phallic plate, pictured right, whose purchase grant of £100,000 is the highest ever given by the National Art Collections Fund for a piece of ceramics, dates to about 1536 and is attributed to Francisco Urbino, one of the leading maiolica painters of the period.

800 eBay jobs set for Dublin

22 September 2003

Online auctioneer eBay will create up to 800 new jobs in Dublin as they expand their European operations. The San Francisco-based company will locate the European headquarters for their PayPal Internet payment unit in west Dublin and will also open a second European customer support centre.

More scam letters arrive in the mail

08 September 2003

Scam letters targeting small businesses continue to fall through the letterboxes of Britain’s antiques dealers.The Antiques Trade Gazette has warned in the past of the dubious practices of firms with official-sounding names who ‘offer’ to register dealers under the Data Protection Act for £95.

Sign up for a better online service with the Gazette

01 September 2003

As part of the on-going development of the Gazette website, is now asking users to log in when using the site. Access to the site and all its services from Lot Find to Price Guide remains free of charge.

Gazette blows the whistle on dealers and auctioneers

01 September 2003

SAVILE Row suits will be swapped for shorts and shirts when dealers and auctioneers meet for a showdown on Friday. But saleroom rivalries will have nothing to do with it as lots make way for shots... at goal.

eBay to adapt technology design after losing $29m in patent case

18 August 2003

A federal judge has ordered dotcom giant eBay Inc. to pay $29m (£18.3m) to a Virginia inventor who accused the company of stealing his ideas for holding and searching online auctions. Ruling in Virginia on August 6, US District Court Judge Jerome Friedman said there was “no dispute” that the online auction site eBay had infringed patents which covered ways for people to make online bids backed by credit cards and purchase items over the Internet for a fixed price.