The trade association LAPADA represents art and antiques dealers in the UK. It was formed in 1974 and is based in London.

It has more than 500 members and, although the majority are based in the UK, it also has around 50 members in 16 other countries.

The association was previously called the London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association but, while it retains the LAPADA acronym in its title, it is now known as ‘The Association of Art and Antique Dealers’.


Lord Chadlington, PR guru, takes LAPADA chair

29 November 2010

THE association of art and antiques dealers LAPADA has appointed Lord Chadlington, founder of PR giant Shandwick, as their new chairman.


Hausburg cabinet wins object of the year

14 June 2010

WINNER of the Country Life-LAPADA Object of the Year, announced last week at the London International Fine Art Fair at Olympia, was the so-called Hausburg cabinet belonging to Kensington Church Street dealers Butchoff Antiques.


Earl Howe leaves Lapada after gaining government post

14 June 2010

LAPADA chairman, the Earl Howe, 59, pictured here, has been appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health in the Coalition Government, so under parliamentary rules has resigned his post with the antiques trade’s largest trade association.

LAPADA Russian mission sows seeds for future trade

26 April 2010

LAPADA chief executive Sarah Percy-Davies has made significant inroads into the Russian domestic market on behalf of British dealers as part of an official British trade delegation.

LAPADA prepare for March trade mission to Moscow

22 February 2010

LAPADA are hoping to tap directly into the luxury goods market during a special trade mission to Moscow next month.

Brighter outlook expected for 2010 say LAPADA

15 February 2010

IT should be a brighter year ahead for trade according to the 2009 LAPADA Membership Survey.

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Linke desk wins Object of the Year award

15 June 2009

LAPADA’s year-long search for their object of the year ended at Olympia on June 9 when the prize was awarded to Mayfair dealer Adrian Alan, who submitted this magnificent Grand Bureau by François Linke.

LAPADA dealers expect a tough year ahead

16 February 2009

THE annual survey from LAPADA, the UK’s largest art and antique dealer association, shows a largely stable market compared with the previous year, but with one or two significant changes.

LAPADA to launch Modern arm to association

19 January 2009

LAPADA, the UK’s largest antiques trade association, are to launch a new division called LAPADA Modern in March.

Currency exchange benefits dealers

14 July 2008

LAPADA are have recently introduced a new benefit to members in the form of a personalised currency-exchange service offering more favourable rates and transaction charges than are generally available through banks.

LAPADA expand trade forums

07 July 2008

LAPADA, the Art and Antique Dealers Association, have announced a new forum with the West of England Antique Dealers Association (WEADA) – their sixth such arrangement.

LAPADA poll shows that business is steady

28 January 2008

The results of the 2007 LAPADA membership survey broadly suggest a steady market throughout the previous year. Forty per cent of respondents reported a similar turnover to 2006 and 48 per cent expected it to be about the same in 2008.


LAPADA appoint former Olympia executive to run their London fair

19 November 2007

LAPADA have appointed Emma Kendrick-White, to be fair organiser for their London showcase Objects of Desire: The LAPADA London Fair, the third of which will be held at the Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens from May 8 to 11 next year.

Scam alert

24 September 2007

EXHIBITORS booked for the forthcoming NEC Birmingham and LAPADA Cheltenham fairs are being targeted by Austrian-based scam guide FAIR Guide.

LAPADA to help with road sign costs

07 September 2007

LAPADA are to contribute to the costs of installing the approved antiques road sign to encourage association members to get them in place quickly.


LAPADA seal deal for antiques road sign

25 June 2007

THE Department of Transport have approved a design for a symbol to promote antiques on road signs.

North East to host first quality fair

21 May 2007

The increasingly prosperous North East of England will receive its first high-end antiques fair next February when 27 LAPADA or BADA dealers descend upon Linden Hall, near Morpeth in Northumberland.

New campaign to save antiques shops

23 April 2007

antiques shippers Cadogan Tate Fine Art are launching a Save Our Small Antique Shops campaign with the support of LAPADA, the UK’s largest trade association for professional dealers.

LAPADA poll: better but still cautious

12 March 2007

LAPADA’s latest survey has indicated a general improvement of fortunes for UK art and antiques dealers.

LAPADA confirm 2007 dates for Royal Academy

06 November 2006

LAPADA have confirmed that their Royal Academy fair will go ahead from May 10 to 13 next year.