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.

BADA survey reflects difficult trading times

17 June 2003

Lack of Americans hits top dealers. As American buyers stayed away, sales by 400 of Britain’s top art and antiques dealers fell by almost a tenth last year. This was one of the key findings of the fourteenth annual British Antique Dealers’ Association survey covering trading in 2001-02, completed by 58 per cent of members including well-known names such as Richard Green, Mallett and S.J. Phillips.

When it wasn’t quite enough to be-in-time

10 June 2003

Canadian-based eBay seller gstark didn’t need to include the words “extremely rare” in his auction listing for a jade green Sony TR-55 transistor radio. Fifteen ardent bidders already knew that.

Many happy returns to Gazette site

09 June 2003

The second birthday of the Gazette’s web site (it was officially launched in May 2001) saw its usage rise to new heights with over 2 million hits and nearly 300,000 pages viewed in a single week.

LAPADA issues guidelines over US settlement cheques

09 June 2003

LAPADA has issued some valuable guidelines to the recipients of cheques relating to the Sotheby’s and Christie’s price-fixing settlement in the USA. As the cheques began to arrive by post last week many were surprised to see that the US Federal Government had deducted a withholding tax from the awards.

EH set out to show why dust is anything but dry

28 May 2003

SHERLOCK Holmes was celebrated, among other things, for his research and monographs on cigar ash. Now English Heritage are to spend £88,000 on a similar exercise – but this time into dust.

NEC will end January LAPADA fair to make way for their own event

12 May 2003

AFTER more than two decades, the January LAPADA fair at Birmingham’s NEC has come to an end.

NAVA date set for Friday

06 May 2003

THE National Association of Valuers and Auctioneers hold their Spring meeting at the Southampton Institute this Friday, May 9.

eBay’s first quarter profits for 2003 more than double

29 April 2003

Forecasts revised upwards for the rest of the year: eBay’s net profits for the first quarter of 2003 more than doubled last year’s figure, breaking the $100m barrier for the first time. With a turnover of $476.5m for the period, the firm generated $104.2m profit, compared with a turnover of $245.1m and profits of just under $50m for the first quarter of 2002.

Budget boost for Art Fund campaign

15 April 2003

CHANCELLOR Gordon Brown’s Budget plans to help achieve one of the three main aims of the National Art Collections Fund (the Art Fund) campaign to improve art donation. Concern that art owners do not have enough incentive to bequeath works to the nation has led the Chancellor to announce that he will look at introducing a policy of tax relief on such donations – until now, such relief has only been available on donations of cash or shares.

Maureen has got the LAPADA job sewn up

08 April 2003

EARLY needlework specialist Maureen Morris has been appointed to the Board of LAPADA. She joined the country’s largest dealers’ association in 1991 and is already a member of the advisory board of the Olympia Fine Art and Antique Fairs.

New guide to export rules

07 April 2003

A NEW guide to exporting cultural goods, to be distributed with next week’s Antiques Trade Gazette, aims to cut through red tape for the trade.

Gazette wins national award

07 April 2003

THE Antiques Trade Gazette has been named as Special Interest Newspaper of the Year in the 2003 Newspaper Awards.

Art Fund call for rules on saving art for the nation to be changed

01 April 2003

THE National Art Collections Fund (the Art Fund) are marking their centenary by calling for the whole process of saving art for the nation to be overhauled.

LAPADA alert members to Kent Act Mark II

24 March 2003

NOTTINGHAM is set to get its own version of the Kent Act, forcing antiques dealers and other traders to register if they want to do business in the city.

Looking forward to a glorious summer in 2003…

19 March 2003

This year Antiques Trade Gazette will celebrate the British antiques industry with the publication of a high quality magazine titled The Great British Summer. To be published in May, this compendium of art and antiques attractions will embrace many aspects of the trade across Britain in the busy summer months with one simple objective: stimulating the antiques business (auctions, fairs, shops and services) across the United Kingdom.

Art Fund put up £400,000 in bid to save £29.5m work

11 March 2003

The National Art Collections Fund (Art Fund), has offered a £400,000 grant to the National Gallery in their bid to secure Raphael’s The Madonna of the Pinks for the collection. The painting, sold by the Duke of Northumberland to the Getty Museum in California, is subject to a temporary export bar of one month, with a potential further six months extension, to give the National Gallery the chance to raise the £29.5m needed to keep it in the country.

LAPADA act to protect dealers from credit card scam

24 February 2003

IN the wake of recent reports on credit card fraud emanating from Indonesia, dealer association LAPADA are advising members on how best to protect themselves.

New life for Red House

05 February 2003

The future of the Red House, the seminal Arts and Crafts building designed for William Morris by architect Philip Webb in 1859, was secured by the National Trust last month.

Peter Jones join LAPADA

03 February 2003

One of London’s best known department stores, Peter Jones of Sloane Square, has been accepted as a member of LAPADA. It is not well known that the SW1 store includes a flourishing antiques department and has done for more than 90 years.

Is this the luckiest blow of all?

28 January 2003

A £5600 National Art Collections Fund grant has enabled the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments at Oxford University to keep a handsome Baroque trumpet with a legend attached.