BADA

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is a trade association for antique dealers in Britain. Founded in 1918, BADA’s main aim is to ‘establish and maintain confidence between its members and the public, both in buying and selling’.

The association campaigns on issues affecting the trade and also stages an annual fair in London for its members.


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Collectors tips from Serhat Ahmet: Meissen porcelain in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods

04 December 2018

Tips on how to spot and understand Art Nouveau and Art Deco Meissen porcelain was the focus of a recent BADA Friends event with Serhat Ahmet, a second-generation dealer in fine European porcelain.

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Call out to the next generation of the art and antiques trade for November networking event

20 November 2018

BADA Friends holds its next Young Friends Dealer Networking Evening next week with the aim of bringing together the next generation of art and antiques professionals.

BADA tweaks fair vetting panels – but defends use of dealers after TEFAF change

19 November 2018

Dealer association BADA has introduced changes to the vetting committee of its fairs to “ensure independence”. While dealers can still hold vetting positions, the chairs of 16 specialist sub-committees must now be non-exhibitors.

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BADA dinner 2018 in pictures

19 November 2018

Images from BADA dinner to mark 100 years of standing up for the art and antiques trade.

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BADA dinner marks 100 years of standing up for the trade

13 November 2018

Nostalgia and future-gazing abounded at BADA’s centenary dinner on Monday November 12, as a wide span of dealer generations celebrated 100 years of the association’s history.

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Export of piano keys ‘distort ivory statistics’

22 October 2018

New figures obtained by the BADA reveal that piano keys represent the vast majority of ivory items exported from the UK in the past three calendar years.

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Tighten rules on trade in rhino horn says antiques dealer group BADA

08 October 2018

Dealer body BADA have called for a tougher stance in the run-up to wildlife conference.

Ivory ban law not expected until spring 2019

08 October 2018

Collectors and sellers of antique ivory are being told that the ivory ban is unlikely to become law before spring 2019, a longer lead-time than originally thought.

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Call out to ‘next generation’ of the art and antiques trade for London networking event

18 September 2018

BADA Friends will host its latest Young Friends Dealer Networking Evening next week with the aim of bringing together the younger generation of the trade.

Keep calm on Brexit, say trade associations

03 September 2018

Trade bodies are urging the art and antiques sector not to panic following the announcement that the government is preparing for a ‘no-deal Brexit’.

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BADA dealers publish open letter in Antiques Trade Gazette to urge sign-ups to ivory ban petition

13 August 2018

Dealers Alastair Gibson and Laura Bordignon have taken an advertisement in this week’s Antiques Trade Gazette calling on the trade to petition the government to widen the ‘de minimus’ exemption for antique ivory objects in a forthcoming law that will restrict their trade.

BADA boutique event dropped for October

13 August 2018

BADA Collection, the boutique fair which was launched by the British Antiques Dealers’ Association last year at the Lanesborough hotel, has been put ‘on hold’ for this autumn.

ATG letter: United Nations of dealers

23 July 2018

MADAM – I write in reference to the letter from BADA chairman Michael Cohen, and the reply by LAPADA chief executive Freya Simms (ATG No 2351), on cooperation between the two organisations (Lewis J Baer of Newel, New York writes).

BADA aims: a selling portal and joint legal fund

16 July 2018

I would like to extend my warm congratulations and warm welcome to Freya Simms as the new LAPADA chief executive, writes BADA chairman and dealer Michael Cohen.

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On the battle for antique ivory: an appeal from BADA’s chairman

02 July 2018

BADA and other trade bodies have raised half the money needed for a judicial review of the ivory ban. Here, BADA’s chairman Michael Cohen argues the battle is not lost and why dealers should continue to support, financially and otherwise, the trade bodies’ efforts.

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MPs consider extending ivory ban to more species

11 June 2018

The bill that will mean a near-total ban on the sale of African elephant ivory could be extended to include other ivory-bearing species before it becomes law.

ATG letter: We are teaming up for impending fightback

28 May 2018

MADAM – Thank you for publishing our letter (ATG No 2341), in which we outlined why the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association intended to seek legal advice on the government’s proposed ivory ban.

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BADA hosts Belgravia networking event for art market’s next generation

27 May 2018

A group of young trade members met for a networking evening earlier this week.

BADA says ivory ban fighting fund is receiving ‘positive response’

14 May 2018

A campaign to raise funds for legal advice on the government’s ivory ban proposals has received “a positive response”, according to dealer body BADA, which is organising the endeavour on behalf of the antiques sector.

Stakeholders consider legal action on ivory

07 May 2018

Trade bodies whose members will be affected by the government’s plan for a near-total UK ban on the sale of ivory are seeking legal advice on challenging the proposals before they become law.

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