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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Introduction: How ATG continues to support the fine art and antiques industry after half a century

13 September 2021

This special edition of Antiques Trade Gazette celebrates the newspaper’s 50th anniversary. Every week for the past 50 years, the Gazette has brought unrivalled news coverage and analysis of the fine art and antiques market to readers in the UK and around the world.

Anglo Saxon brooch

Stolen Anglo-Saxon brooch returned to museum after 26 years

11 September 2021

An Anglo-Saxon brooch stolen from Rutland County Museum has been returned 26 years after it went missing.

Goldsmiths' Hal

Promotions and events – a round-up of appointments and news

31 August 2021

A round up of the latest appointments and events from across the art and antiques sector.

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We need a St James’s association, says Jermyn Street dealer Franses

30 August 2021

Plans for a new association to protect the interests of art and antiques dealers in St James’s in central London are under way after textile dealer S Franses succeeded in winning the costs of its recent high court case.

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Book fair returns as some turn from New York to old

30 August 2021

According to the Booksellers Association, more than 60 bookshops opened in the UK and Ireland over the past 18 months, reflecting the rediscovery by many people of the pleasure of books during the pandemic despite the increase in online shopping.

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Events mark 30 years of BADA Friends

30 August 2021

A series of dealer events are scheduled next month to celebrate 30 years of BADA Friends alongside BADA Week.

S Franses

Textile dealer victorious again: costs of court case to be paid by landlord

26 August 2021

Following a long running legal dispute between textile dealer S Franses in Jermyn Street, London and its landlord, Capitaland, presiding Judge Parfitt ordered the landlord to pay the costs of the case.

Errol Manners

BADA Friends celebrates 30th anniversary with events programme coinciding with BADA Week

25 August 2021

A series of dealer events are scheduled during October to celebrate 30 years of BADA Friends alongside BADA Week.

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Opportunity is aim of the game at The Game Fair

09 August 2021

LAPADA tries partnership with a different kind of fair amid latest trade challenges

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Book fair makes a Brighton booking

09 August 2021

An update from Jeremy Carson, organiser of PBFA’s Brighton Book Fair which will run at Brighton Racecourse (assuming it is not being used as a vaccination centre then…) on Saturday, October 30 – the first in Brighton for more than 20 years.

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Kensington and Chelsea council calls for feedback on new proposals for Portobello Road Market

07 August 2021

Antiques dealers, market traders, local businesses, residents and visitors are invited to give feedback on more than 50 proposals to improve visiting and trading at markets in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea including Portobello Road market.

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Battiscombe looks back on 20 years of SLAD challenges

26 July 2021

After 20 years as director general of The Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD) Christopher Battiscombe is retiring. Former Christie’s director Paul Hewitt will take over the post from September. Here, Battiscombe looks back over his time at SLAD

DH Lawrence’s novel Lady Chatterley's Lover

A dozen ‘national treasures’ saved for the nation after export licence blocks

21 July 2021

A dozen items deemed national treasures were bought by institutions between May 2018 and April 2020 with a value of £7.6m, according to the latest report.

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Government launches consultation on extending antique ivory ban to hippos, narwhals, walruses and whales

20 July 2021

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a consultation on extending the near-total ban on the antique ivory trade.

Dr Elena Greer with tortoises

A slow recovery: stolen tortoises resurface after 29 years

19 July 2021

Four Victorian bronze tortoises stolen from National Trust property Kingston Lacy in Dorset have been recovered nearly 30 years later.

Marc Chagall’s Vitraux pour Jérusalem

Over 150 dealers signed up for new transatlantic online book fair

19 July 2021

More details have been released about the new online book fair bringing North American and European book dealers together this month.

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Warning over Brexit effect on British hallmarking

12 July 2021

The British Hallmarking Council (BHC) is to raise concerns with the government about the impact of Brexit on antique gold and silver exports into the EU.

ATG LETTER: Trade associations - the mindset should be forward-looking

12 July 2021

The argument for LAPADA and BADA merger.

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Antiques Trade Gazette's 2500th edition

05 July 2021

This week marks a numerical milestone as Antiques Trade Gazette publishes its 2500th edition.

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2500 issues of ATG: VAT, Scotland Yard and a narrow escape

05 July 2021

Enjoy a brief trip down memory lane as we look back on 2500 editions of ATG and prepare for our 50th anniversary in September

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