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Antiques for Everyone (Spring 2017) - Post Fair Report

Chinese and American trade buyers boosted sales at Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 6-9 April 2017. 

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A huge queue formed for the 11.00am opening of Antiques for Everyone

"The busiest first day for many years with buyers queuing up to pay," said Ronald Knee of Alexanders from Somerset, specialising in the Decorative Arts.  Kirsty Lewis of Decouverte said "It’s been a great opening day. People came with the desire and determination to buy, which is so refreshing these days!"  Regular exhibitor Allan Coutts added: "It’s been a damn good fair and full of optimism. Customers like a tried and trusted event with a strong variety of goods at prices across the range."  David Hersey of Antiques Twenty Four, with a wide choice of collectables, said towards the close: "It’s been a blockbuster few days!"

There was a distinct rise in the number of Asian collectors and trade buyers attending the event, purchasing a wide variety of Eastern and Western artefacts across the fair. Drove House Antiques, specialising in Chinese and European ceramics and textiles enjoyed one of their most successful fairs to date, with Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art, specialising in Japanese bronze and ivory sculpture, also doing very well.

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Julian Eade (in the background) with a customer on his stand

Sculpture was strong seller - Hickmet Fine Arts sold a number of items, including five ‘big ticket’ items, several to an international buyer who had flown to the UK for the fair.

Hazlehurst Antiques enjoyed one of their most successful visits to AfE for many years, selling mainly to new clients.

Sales of paintings were led by a large oil painting by Charles Hunt, titled ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1846, measuring 31 x 48 inches and sold for £15,000 by Adrian Phippen Fine Art from Totnes

Art specialists also did very well, with John Sheppard from Hove making more than a dozen sales of English watercolours on the opening day alone, and A.J.Art, specialising in C20th oils and watercolours, selling around fifteen paintings in total.

Pottery and porcelain sales were boosted by the presence of the English Ceramics Circle, staging the Spring Feature Exhibition. Jupiter Antiques, Julian Eade, Corscombe Fine Porcelain, newcomer Marsh McNamara, John Newton Antiques, Alexanders Antiques, Philip Carrol and Valerie Main all expressed their satisfaction with sales, to new and regular customers. Scandinavian pottery specialists Lynways from Bristol were especially delighted - "We’ve had to re-stock every day with ceramics and our Scandinavian silver and jewellery. It’s been our best-ever fair. Interestingly, social media seems to have played a large part in bringing in new, younger collectors."

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Ken Marsh from Bristol of Marsh McNamara, a first-time exhibitor at Antiques for Everyone

Furniture specialists also benefited - Art Deco specialist Jeroen Markies sold furniture, art, lighting and bronzes; "It’s been better than ever," said a delighted Jeroen. Melody Antiques made sales every day, clearing their stand of three oak farmhouse dressers, tables, chairs and many smaller pieces. Mark Buckley Antiques, showing late C19th walnut and mahogany also sold well, as did Marvellous Furniture and returning Devon dealer Stephen Dymond Antiques

Delighted Silver and jewellery dealers included Plaza, Gemma Redmond Vintage, Greenstein Antiques, D.B.Gems, T.Robert and Shapiro & Co, and silver dealers Eastdale Antiques, Cotswold Collectables, Highland Antiques and newcomers Grasilver, specialising in Scandinavian pieces.

John Sheppard and Erna Hiscock, specialising in early folk art and rare samplers enjoyed strong sales to both trade and private colectors, and Jonathan Harris Studio Glass saw good business with his contemporary cameo and art glass pieces.

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Sold Farmhouse Dresser from Melody Antiques

The fair hosted extremely well-attended talks from Judith Miller and Will Farmer, the well-known experts, authors and TV celebrities.  Commenting at the close, Fair Director Mary Claire Boyd said: "The appeal of this fair is continuing to spread, especially amongst Asian collectors and this is resulting in good sales. Many exhibitors also noted stronger trade buying than for some time. Dealers and collectors want a very wide range of fresh stock at affordable prices and they want to take it away immediately - which is exactly what AfE provides."

The Summer Antiques for Everyone takes place from 20-23 July 2017.


Exhibitors hail BADA 2017 a success

BADA 2017 came to a close on 21 March 2017 with exhibitors celebrating strong sales and a hugely successful event.  Exhibitors were also impressed with the new look and feel of the fair, and made excellent new contacts with younger collectors.

Antiques News & Fairs - Exhibitors hail BADA 2017 a success

Visitors from around the world came to view and purchase traditional, modern and contemporary art, design and antiques at Duke of York Square in Chelsea.  The fair gathered 100 specialist exhibitors from across the UK, including many young dealers, exhibiting at the fair for the first time.  

Furniture sold well at the fair.  Thomas Coulborn & Sons sold an exceptional Anglo-Indian games table, an important Elizabethan coffer and a Regency mahogany breakfront Secretaire bookcase in the manner of Gillows, and Richard Coles of Godson & Coles reported the sale of a George I Scarlet Japanned Bureau Cabinet for a six-figure sum.  Coles commented that "the whole atmosphere of the fair has transformed, footfall is up undoubtedly and we have seen much more dynamic visitors.  The whole feel of the fair is different.  It has been busy every day.  BADA is definitely on a roll."

Jewellery also saw good sales.  Sandra Cronan Ltd showed exquisite items including fine brooches in the shape of insects.  Cronan said, "It has been a wonderful fair, the most enjoyable to do in London; it is elegant, open, airy with a very 21st-century feel. This year’s event has been brilliantly organised, and By Word of Mouth have created a great restaurant with delicious food."

Alan Wheatley Art showed work by Modern British Abstract painters and the London Group, reporting sales ranging from £3,000 to £60,000.  "This year’s event has been very well attended. The audience is really changing. We have definitely had more interesting conversations and made a number of sales, it’s very encouraging," commented Wheatley. 

Jonathan Cooper had exceptional success with a specially commissioned set of ceramics by Georgina Warne.  "We knew they would do well but we didn’t expect to sell out, and we’ve had people wanting to place orders. We’ve done well with our paintings as well," said Cooper.

Marco Forgione, CEO of BADA, said: "BADA 2017 has been an outstandingly successful year. The changes we’ve introduced over the past year have really made a difference. We’ve attracted a wide selection of new buyers and collectors without alienating our existing loyal attendees.  ‘I’m particularly pleased that British furniture has done so well at BADA 2017. We’ve been evangelical about the style and quality of our members’ objects. It seems buyers, collectors and interior designers are now in agreement."

"We worked hard with our exhibitors before the event started to promote their objects and are delighted to have secured a huge number of pre-event sales. I’m also sure that there will be a number of sales over the coming weeks as a result of the conversations started at BADA 2017.

"We are extremely pleased to have hosted dealers, old and new, of such a high calibre at our 25th annual fair. We are delighted to have attracted a greater number of serious buyers and collectors and we look forward to building on these tremendous achievements.

"Visitors to the fair were able to buy with confidence, benefiting from the extensive expertise of BADA members. We are looking forward to our centenary year in 2018 and to welcoming the best dealers in the UK back to Chelsea to build on this year’s success."

On 15 March 2017, BADA announced the Best Stand Awards for BADA 2017, selected by an esteemed panel comprised of Susie Rumbold, president of BIID (the British Institute of Interior Design), Patricia Stevenson, Publishing Director of Tatler, Joe Kennedy, Director of contemporary art gallery Unit London and Kate Slesinger, Publishing Director of House & Garden.

The Best Stand award was given, by unanimous verdict, to first-time exhibitor Isherwood Fine Art, specialists in C16th to C19th British and European portraiture.  The judges loved the understated elegance and sensitive curation of Nicola Isherwood’s display.

The Best Display award was given to first time exhibitor and long term BADA member Michael German Antiques, specialists in arms, armour and antique walking canes.  They are celebrating their 40th year with the Association in 2017.

The Best Object award was given to Howard Walwyn’s Sutton Court Great Chamber Clock.  Made for the Strachey family at Sutton Court, Somerset, it dates from 1672, is over eight feet tall and stands in its original painted wainscot oak case. 

The Best Lighting award was given to Haynes Fine Art.

Visitors to the fair benefitted from the extensive expertise of specially selected BADA members, and every object on display at BADA 2017 was analysed for quality and authenticity by BADA’s specialist Vetting Committee, ensuring only the finest objects were on display, allowing visitors to buy with confidence.


TEFAF Maastrict enjoys a vibrant marketplace experience

TEFAF Maastricht, which took place from 10-19 March 2017 in the MECC, Maastricht welcomed over 71,000 visitors from around the world, a testament to the wide reaching appeal of the 275 dealers present. 

Antiques News & Fairs - TEFAF Maastrict hailed a success

Rafael Valls (Stand 341) at TEFAF Maastrict 2017. Image credit Harry Heuts.

TEFAF's 30-year old fair continues to provide a dynamic sales platform for dealers and exhibitors, and with the recent addition of two fairs in New York, the organisation is set to go from strength to strength.

March's event allowed private and institutional buyers to acquire some of the finest works available, and it continues to be an important event for museums, with over 200 visiting.

Patrick van Maris, CEO of TEFAF, said “This year's exhibitors have put on an outstanding display of remarkable objects. To achieve this year on year is not easy: it takes dedication and connoisseurship. Yet again they have excelled themselves and have attracted international collectors from all corners of the globe to Maastricht, it is our job at TEFAF to provide a platform and environment that supports this extraordinary community both today and in the future.”

"For nearly 30 years, TEFAF Maastricht has built a reputation as one of the most important dates on the art world calendar. As principal sponsors since 2004, we at AXA ART have seen the event become firmly established as the world’s pre-eminent art fair, attracting an international network of dealers, collectors and connoisseurs across every category,” said Kai Kuklinksi, CEO of AXA ART, Principal sponsor of TEFAF Maastricht. "We are in constant dialogue with our TEFAF Maastricht partners about the future, and are fully open to exploring the opportunities to extend our partnership.”

In 2016 TEFAF welcomed Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, as marquee sponsor of TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York.  Rob Weisberg, CEO of Invaluable, commented; “It was a pleasure to deepen our relationship with TEFAF dealers and to explore the inspiring pieces selected to be displayed. The works embodied TEFAF’s reputation for offering only the finest art and antiquities... It’s clear from listening to dealers that it’s critical for them to connect with a new demographic of younger buyers and to extend their reach to prospective buyers globally via digital channels. Invaluable’s partnership with TEFAF can help them achieve those goals while also making it easier for serious collectors to find the objects they love.”

TEFAF Maastricht continuously evaluates its offering and takes initiatives to maintain its position as the world’s leading fine art and antiques fair.  Hidde van Seggelen, TEFAF Board member and driving force behind one such initiative, TEFAF Curated, a sub-section of TEFAF Modern, said; “The aim with TEFAF Curated has been twofold – firstly to present contemporary works within TEFAF Maastricht in order to broaden the Fair’s offering and appeal. Secondly, the diversity presented within Curated sparks conversations, both between visitors, curators, connoisseurs and art world professionals, as well as between objects and cultures.”

Penelope Curtis, Director of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, who was invited to curate the third edition of TEFAF Curated, this year entitled 'La Grande Horizontale', commented; “It was a different kind of space for an art fair, and within its distinctive design, art works which normally would never meet now spoke to each other in a new way.”

Daan Stots, CEO and Founder of Quintessentially, new concierge partner for TEFAF, said; “Quintessentially is excited to be the concierge partner of the world’s leading art fair, in Maastricht and New York. During TEFAF Maastricht we met so many special people, both members of the organisation, exhibitors and visitors and we look forward to continuing our partnership at the next fair". 

Johnny van Haeften, longstanding TEFAF Maastricht exhibitor and TEFAF Board Member, said, “TEFAF 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of TEFAF Maastricht and my involvement with the Fair as an exhibitor, a Board member and a former member of the Executive Committee. I have seen the Fair grow from modest beginnings to become an organisation that sets standards others strive to follow. Last Autumn saw the launch of TEFAF New York and a new chapter in the Fair's development. The two Fairs in New York, each with their distinct character, add a fresh and exciting dimension to TEFAF and provide greater opportunities for international collectors to discover our fairs. I am confident that this expansion will encourage them to explore further and visit us here at TEFAF Maastricht."

The next TEFAF Maastricht will take place from 9-18 March 2018 at the MECC, Maastricht. TEFAF New York Spring will run from 4-8 May 2017 and TEFAF New York Fall will take place from 27-31 October 2017, both at the Park Avenue Armory.



Dr Gunther Rare Books AG enjoyed strong sales within the first hours of the preview of TEFAF Maastrict (10-19 March 2017). 

The work sold was a compilation of chronicles, created for Willem van Bergh, circa 1455, and housed in the Huis Bergh, now a museum.  The item holds extreme importance in that it is the only known manuscript from the region, written in the regional language of Gelderland, so the museum was delighted to be able to buy it back for their collection.

Antiques News - Dr Gunther Rare Books AG sees strong sales at TEFAF Maastrict

The gallery also sold two miniatures in the first two hours of the Fair's official opening, to an American collector and previous customer of theirs at TEFAF New York Fall.

TEFAF Maastrict also hosted the formal presentation of the TEFAF Art Market Report 2017, as prepared by Professor Rachel A. J. Pownall, TEFAF Chair in Art Markets at the School of Business Economics at Maastricht University, and Van Gogh Chair on Art Finance and Museum Management at TIAS School for Business and Society.  Read our summary of the report here.



The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair was held in Battersea Park from 24-29 January 2017, hosting 150 exhibitors, and for the first time also hosting LARTA (the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair), on the Mezzanine, with 19 participants.

The 21st Century Gothic foyer display, presenting traditional gothic designs in a modern setting mixed with C20th works was a much commented upon feature.

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Exhibitors reported good business done with the trade and private clients who were “willing to spend”, as well as high numbers of new customers throughout the week, and notable international decorators buying in quantity.

Dealers in C20th design, decorative and painted antiques, decorative art and traditional prints, objets and accessories such as glassware, ceramics, folk art and collectors’ pieces, reported a very strong Fair, including Fiona McDonald (best-ever Fair), C20C (best-ever Fair), The Modern Warehouse, Maison Artefact, Nick Jones, Richard Hoppé, Odyssey Fine Arts, Fontaine, Brian Watson Antique Glass, Martin D. Johnson, D.J. Green Antiques, Sandy Stanley (jewellery), Henry Saywell, Foster & Gane and Brownrigg.  Sales of traditional and classical antiques were successful for a number of exhibitors including Nadin & Macintosh, Gaby van Schagen, Drennan & Sturrock (best-ever Fair), Leuchars and Wakelin & Linfield.

One of the most significant sales of the Fair occurred on the opening day - a George III period large steel ‘Roman Bath’ circa 1805 which was widely admired in the trade, and came from Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor.

Famous faces spotted at the Fair include David Beckham, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Fiona Fullerton, Evgeny Lebedev, Guy Ritchie, Tim Wonnacott, and Jeremy Clarkson.

International trade and interior decorators visiting the fair included Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Ray Azoulay of Obsolete and Ken Fulk; Rose Uniacke, Nina Campbell, Flora Soames, Max Rollit, Edward Hurst, Nicky Haslam, Timothy Whelan, John Minshaw and Louise Bradbury; and designers William Yeoward, Sir Paul Smith, shoe maven Patrick Cox, and fashion’s Matthew Williamson and Julian McDonald.

There was universal praise for the presence of LARTA on the Mezzanine, with the exhibitors expressing their delight with the experience. The fair's organiser, Aaron Nejad, was enormously pleased with its reception and at how well the event had transitioned to its new home, describing the event as a “...great success.”  Read more about this event, the exhibitors, the feedback and the items sold in our LARTA post.

Jane Juran, Organiser, was pleased to report that “the Fair received very positive feedback from visitors about the overall look and calibre of stock displayed, and it was good to hear from so many dealers that clients were intent on making purchases.  Our exhibitors continue to offer a fabulous and varied selection that clearly appeals to a wide range of tastes, age groups and budgets.  It is thanks to them that the Fair makes such a memorable impact on visitors, whether trade or private buyers.”

The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair will take place in Battersea Park from 4-9 April 2017.  For more information, visit the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair.


2017's London Antique Rug & Textile Fair (LARTA) which took place for the first time in its new venue of the Mezzanine at the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair and Battersea Evolution was a runaway success.

The busy, exciting and vibrant event drew praise from visitors, decorators and members of the trade alike, especially in regard to the eye-catching presentations by the 19 exhibitors, which included two specialist collectors' magazines.

The exhibitors were delighted with the venue, the space, their stands, the layout, and the view over Battersea Park. They felt they benefitted enormously from the greatly increased 'passing trade' compared to their previous venue in Marylebone, resulting in high numbers of new visitors, allowing them to conduct some very good business and meet new decorators, collectors and private clients.

In addition, their appealing displays also made a buzz on social media, providing potential for further contacts who were unable to attend in person.

As the event's organiser, Aaron Nejad puts it; “It could not have been better!“

Here are just a few items of feedback from some of the exhibitors.

Liberty Oriental Rugs (New exhibitor)

“It was a good show – we’re really happy. Our stand garnered a great deal of attention [it was designed to represent the frontage of the famous London store], promoting our department in general. It was definitely worth it!” said Bruce Lepere. Sales were split 50/50 between antique rugs and contemporary designs, including ‘Secret Garden’, one of Liberty Oriental Rugs’ new silk range launched at LARTA, priced in excess of £15,000 and a nice antique kelim to a private buyer, and a Turkoman camel trapping to a collector priced in the region of £3000. 

Aaron Nejad (Organiser)

“I’ve made sales to decorators I have not met before, and generally it could not have been better. As organiser I’m delighted with how the show has been welcomed to Battersea by the Decorative Fair, and all our LARTA exhibitors have had a positive experience, meeting new customers. And there is lots of potential for after-sales.”

C. John (Rare Rugs) Ltd (New exhibitor)

Leon Sassoon said: “We’ve met masses of interesting new people, re-connected with old friends, including decorators. I’ve loved it, it’s been fun.”

Peta Smyth (new exhibitor)

Met “a host of people and decorators we’ve never met before.” Sales included a good C18th Indian Deccani floor cover embroidered in floss silk and couched metal thread c1750 ticketed at £5000 (to a new international decorator client).

Marilyn Garrow

“I loved it!” Met regular clients, new collectors and decorators including Nina Campbell and Chelsea Textiles, and had a very good Fair.

Andy Lloyd

Very much enjoyed the experience, quite different to previous specialist fairs including past LARTAs. Sales were mainly to new private customers, including a Swiss collector who came to London specially to visit LARTA, and a US collector who happened to be in London and was delighted to attend the event. “It has been a very positive experience.” Sales included an early Coptic panel dating to circa C8th AD priced in the region of £2500. 

Gideon Hatch (New exhibitor)

Contemporary rug designer/maker. “It’s been fantastic! I met lots of really good people, and have plenty of post-event projects to now follow-up, including showing rugs in homes to new clients, and ordering a number of bespoke pieces. The visitors truly embraced seeing something so different [abstract contemporary rug designs] at Battersea.” Clients were half trade, half private buyers, including plenty of new decorators.

Owen Parry

An enjoyable week meeting new people, and catching up with a good number of the trade. Met a new American collector, and made strong sales to the London trade. Other sales included a fine 17th century Ottoman boche (turban cover), and a good Persian antique rug. 

James Cohen

“It was a very busy week meeting new people, and I have plenty of post-Fair appointments to show rugs in private clients’ homes, and other leads. I had a number of new enquiries via LARTA Live online at the website, and on-going enquiries from decorators.”

Galerie Arabesque

“I think LARTA at Battersea has a future; the new visitors we met this time will come to understand the high quality and variety of the rugs and textiles offered for sale. The daylight on the Mezzanine was wonderful and the vista up and down the aisles, too. Several people commented on the souk-like atmosphere; they obviously enjoyed discovering LARTA.” Sales included an C18th Ottoman turban cover TP £3000.

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Andy Lloyd - Antique quilted ikat coat (chapan) from Uzbekistan. Excellent condition. Third quarter 19th century. TP iro £2500, sold to an American client.

Antiques News - Antique Fair - LARTA

James Cohen - Handsome decorative Oushak carpet, Western Anatolia. Circa 1890. Priced in the region of £15,000, sold to an international decorator.

Antiques News - Antique Fair - LARTA

Liberty Oriental Rugs - Secret Garden, Contemporary silk rug hand- woven in Laos. Priced in region of £15,000 (Sold).

Antiques News - Antique Fair - LARTA

Peta Smyth -  C18th Deccani floor spread, India c1750, embroidered in floss silk & couched metal thread. Priced in region of £5000, and sold to an international decorator.

Unsurprisingly, every exhibitor at LARTA has expressed an interest in re-booking for 2018.


BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has announced that Geoffrey Munn OBE, Managing Director of Wartski Ltd, is to take on the post of Chairman of the Friends of the BADA Trust.

Geoffrey Munn OBE announced as Chairman of BADA Trust

Geoffrey Munn, OBE

Geoffrey is one of the world’s leading jewellery specialists and has over 40 years' experience at Wartski. He is a published author, has curated several specialist exhibitions including ‘Tiaras’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002, and is the longest-running jewellery specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, having joined the programme in 1989.  Munn is also an ambassador for the Samaritans and Pancreatic Cancer UK, and in 2012 he received an OBE for his services to charity.

The Friends of the BADA Trust was formed in 1991 to allow members of the public to participate in the work of the Trust, raise awareness of BADA members’ cultural and educational activities, and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the fine art and antique trade.

The work of the BADA Cultural and Educational Trust includes sponsorship of full time restoration and conservation courses, travel awards and fees for students, as well as assisting with the purchase of important items for national museums.

Chairman Geoffrey Munn said: “I am honoured to accept the role of Chairman of the BADA Trust and I look forward to continuing the great work of my predecessor John Bly... As dealers, we are privileged to live and work with exceptional objects on a daily basis and I believe it is our duty, via the work of the BADA Trust, to ensure that those outstanding works of fine art, design and antiques are not only enjoyed by the widest possible audience but also by many generations to come.”

For more information about BADA, visit BADA.


LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antique Dealers has announced the winners of its Best Stand Awards at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia (31 October - 6 November 2016).


LAPADA The Association of Art & Antique Dealers


The judges for this year's competition were ATG Editor Noelle McElhatton, Nicholas Somers, Master, The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholar, and interior designer and consultant in Fine Art and Antiques Caroline De Cabarrus of Hotspur Design.

Best Stand: Ancient & Oriental

Ancient & Oriental

The judges felt that this exhibitor's use of the curtains to frame the stand was innovative and created intrigue.  Inside the stand, carefully curated items were made easily accessible to viewers, and their appearance was highlighted and enhanced by the use of a simple black backdrop.

Best stand using display cabinets: Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

The judges felt that this stand, which focussed on jewellery, silver and glass from the Art Deco period, showed the exhibitor's great efforts in creating a cohesive visual identity throughout the display.  Strong orange and black backdrops were indicative of the period and arresting colours on which to present the fine jewellery and objets d'art.


Best stand displaying pictures or textiles: Haynes Fine Art

Haynes Fine Art

The judges felt that the exhibitor worked hard to present a stand with an intimate feel, given its large size and prominent position, by creating smaller areas of display.  Pictures were well-hung and well-lit, giving the viewer a chance to step back and fully appreciate them, and the use of furniture provided a comfortable feel, allowing the viewer to imagine how the paintings would look in a home.  Overall, the judges felt that this stand was very professional and would give confidence to the potential buyer. 

Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, commented: “We are always impressed with the quality of the stand displays from LAPADA dealers and these awards are a great way to celebrate them. We know that the impact of a stand out display can improve sales and from the point of view of a visitor they enhance the experience.”

For more information on this event and future events, visit LAPADA.


LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antique Dealers and AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers have announced that they have formed a reciprocal partnership that will see joining fees waived for new applicants who also hold a membership with the other.

LAPADA The Association of Art & Antique Dealers

Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, comments: “Attracting a wider representation of female dealers is something we support. AWAD shares LAPADA’s commitment to offering its members the skills and expertise to trade competitively within the international art market. We look forward to working together and encouraging collaborations between the two groups.”

AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers

Susan Mumford, Founder and CEO of AWAD, adds, “The support of art dealers’ enterprises is increasingly vital in a rapidly evolving world. With distinct types of support for members, notably LAPADA’s annual fair and AWAD’s focus on peer-to-peer networking on an international scale, differing needs of dealers are met by the two organisations. We look forward to seeing members’ businesses thrive all the more as a result of tapping into both trade associations.”

For more information about both organisations, visit LAPADA and AWAD.


The BADA is partnering with Apollo Magazine to present their latest seminar in the #BADATalks series, entitled; 'Engaging with the art and antique press: What now and what next'.  The event will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 at Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London.


The seminar will examine art journalism in its present form, and analyses how the growth of digital publishing has affected art market coverage and journalistic integrity.  It will then go on to advise dealers on how to create engaging content with writers and editors, express the importance of high quality imagery, and discuss the benefits of using social media.

Apollo Magazine editor Thomas Marks will be serving as chair for the panel discussion, which features experts representing the world of digital and print media, PR and communications.

Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “Understanding how art market journalism is changing and effective strategies for dealers to get their messages across to key audiences is an essential business skill. I’m delighted that BADA has partnered with Apollo to explore this key issue.

#BADATalks has been established to help support, educate, inform, advise and offer guidance. This session will offer a thought provoking insight into ways in which members can be more effective in communicating to their target audiences of buyers and collectors.”

Thomas Marks, Apollo Editor, said: “Journalism and the media have shifted so dramatically in the digital age as to be almost unrecognisable from how they were 15 or 20 years ago.

And that’s made for a lot of changes to how the art market is reported and represented in the press, from what attracts the attention of writers and editors, to the tone of journalism, the value of images, and how stories target and reach readers.

This seminar will offer an insider’s view of the art trade, helping to ensure that dealers can best be prepared for press enquiries and to secure coverage – not the easiest thing in a world where so many people are jostling for attention."

The event takes place on Thursday 29 September 2016, from 3.30pm - 7.00pm.



3.30pm - Welcome Refreshments

4.00pm - Panel Discussion

5.30pm - Networking Drinks



The Caledonian Club

Halkin Street




To book your seat and learn more about the programme visit BADA Seminar.  



The Harrogate Art & Antique Fair is pleased to announce it has a new Northern Consultant for the Autumn Harrogate Art & Antique Fair.

Crispian Riley-Smith, an art valuer, art agent, art events organiser and art dealer, has joined the organisational team for the upcoming fair which runs from 28 September until 2 October 2016 in central Harrogate.

Crispian Riley-Smith

Fair Director Louise Walker says; "Crispian and his experience with London Art Week and Master Drawings New York will be a great asset to the Fair, he brings a fresh eye... Crispian lives in North Yorkshire and hopes to bring a local as well as a national outlook to the fair... it is going to be exciting to work with him and his new ideas on such an established event".

For more information, visit Harrogate Antique Fair.


BADA and ABA Join Forces

The UK's leading antiques and antiquarian associations, BADA (The British Antique Dealers' Association) and ABA (The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association) have joined forces to work towards closer cooperation and greater support for both membership groups.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two associations means that the members will gain access to each other's annual fairs, to work together on the creation and delivery of seminars and workshops, and benefit from joint promotional activity.  ABA members will also be able to take part in forthcoming BADA auctions, and co-operate on campaigning and lobbying initiatives such as the #MakeTaxFair campaign.

Previously, BADA and ABA had collaborated as members of BAMF (The British Art Market Federation), but this new initiative will allow a broader scope for co-operation and support between the associations.

BADA was founded in 1918 to fight Prime Minister Lloyd George's plans to introduce tax on antiques.  It now represents leading members of the fine art and antiques communities who are known for their exemplary expertise, stock and business practices.

ABA is the senior trade body for dealers in antique books and manuscripts, setting the industry standard for expertise and integrity for over a century.  They boast membership across the UK, as well as many of the world's leading booksellers.

Michael Cohen, BADA Chairman, said: “I am very happy to be working with an association that shares our values of expertise, excellence, experience and ethical trading, and I look forward to a new era of cooperation that will enhance the benefits of both our memberships.”

Michael (Oscar) Graves-Johnston, ABA President, said: “Our collaboration with BADA can only enhance both associations. I believe we will mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and acumen, to promote and maintain our very highest standards.”

A joint task force, created out of the Memorandum of Understanding, will be meeting shortly to explore further areas for co-operation and support between the associations.

For more information, visit BADA and ABA.


BADA has appointed Marco Forgione as CEO. Forgione will take up the post on Monday 7 September. This newly created post has been established as part of
BADA’s transformation strategy, as the association.  Forgione is a marketing and communication professional with considerable senior experience in transforming associations. Forgione joins BADA from EVCOM (the Event and Visual Communication Association) the membership association for the events, film and digital communication industry, where he was CEO for seven years.

Forgione led the creation of EVCOM, which was formed by the merger of two trade associations, Eventia and the International Visual Communication Association (IVCA). This new executive team combined with the recent appointment of Victoria Borwick MP as BADA President provides BADA members and the association with a dynamic, effective and experienced team that will ensure BADA remains a significant leader for the art and antique trade, both nationally and internationally. BADA Council’s rigorous search for their CEO was undertaken by Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson, the UK’s leading executive search firm.

Chairman of the BADA Council, Michael Cohen, commenting on Marc Forgione’s appointment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Marco to lead BADA’s team and to help us promote everything BADA and our membership represent to the wider world. “His experience in transforming associations, working internationally and prepares for its centenary celebrations in 2018.

Forgione’s appointment establishes a uniquely talented team to lead BADA at a time of change and opportunity in the art and antiques industry. As CEO Forgione will be supported by Mark Dodgson, who will continue as Secretary General. Dodgson has a longstanding and in-depth knowledge of the antiques trade and the particular issues and challenges faced by dealers. Forgione’s appointment is the latest and most significant step in BADA’s reorganisation of the executive team, following the recent appointment of Madeleine Williams as BADA Fair Manager.

Forgione is a marketing and communication professional with considerable senior experience in transforming associations. Forgione joins BADA from EVCOM (the Event and Visual Communication Association) themembership association for the events, film and digital communication industry, where he was CEO for seven years. Forgione led the creation of EVCOM, which was formed by the merger of two trade associations, Eventia and the International Visual Communication Association (IVCA).

This new executive team combined with the recent appointment of Victoria Borwick MP as BADA President provides BADA members and the association with a dynamic, effective and experienced team that will ensure BADA remains a significant leader for the art and antique trade, both nationally and internationally. BADA Council’s rigorous search for their CEO was undertaken by Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson, the UK’s leading executive search firm.

Chairman of the BADA Council, Michael Cohen, commenting on Marco Forgione’s appointment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Marco to lead BADA’s team and to help us promote everything BADA and our membership represent to the wider world.“His experience in transforming associations, working internationally and building effective membership brands will be invaluable in leading BADA, helping our members exploit existing and future opportunities and in overcoming the challenges our industry faces. As we look to celebrate our centenary in 2018 BADA has invested significantly in ensuring we have the team to build an organisation ready to lead our industry for the future.”

Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “I am excited to be joining BADA at this momentous time, in particular as we look forward to our centenary in 2018. “BADA represents an exclusive community of recognised experts, internationally regarded leaders in the art and antique industry. As CEO it is my role to lead in transforming BADA, to help our expert members overcome the challenges our industry faces and to seize the tremendous opportunities which exist both in the UK and internationally. “A very firm foundation has been built over the past 97 years, current initiatives such as BADA’s Certificates of Provenance have provided new opportunities for the membership and the BADA Fair is internationally recognised as a leading business platform for the art and antiques market. I am looking forward to using my skills and experiences to develop the organisation so that it continues to remain ready and fit to lead the art and antique industry for years to come.”





TWO of London’s best known and experienced public relations and marketing firms specialising in the art market have merged to form a new and formidable strategic arts consultancy.

Diana Cawdell and Freya Simms, respective managing directors of Cawdell Douglas and Gong Muse , have joined forces to launch Golden Squared Consulting, named after Golden Square in Soho where their office is based.

In their long careers the two have worked with the very top names of the art world, Diana represents TEFAF Maastricht in the UK and Freya numbers Masterpiece among her clients. In a way the merger is a logical step forward but it still came as a surprise to many.

“Between us Freya and I have worked with some of the most highly regarded international art businesses and we share a vision for the future” says Diana.

Freya added: “We have both been punching well above our weight in terms of delivering effective, insightful and valuable strategies for many years. We head up two exceptional teams and latterly have both felt our only restriction has been our respective sizes.”



The British Antique Dealers' AssociationFollowing the decision of the Council of the BADA, The British Antique Dealers' Association, to admit international members in 2014, the names have been announced of the first two eminent new members both from the USA.

Elle Shushan, based in Philadelphia, is the largest resource for quality portrait miniatures in America, dealing in American, British and European miniatures, ranging from the 17th to 21st centuries.

Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York, deals in Old Master and British paintings, drawings and sculpture, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. They are located on the Upper East Side of New York, close to the Frick Collection.

The association also welcomes new members from the UK:

Alexandra Alfandary has over forty years’ experience dealing in 19th-century Meissen and other European porcelain. She has sourced works for significant country houses and major collectors of fine porcelain.

Beaux Arts London known for its carefully chosen stable of modern British artists as well as contemporary painters and sculptors. Alongside established names such as Lynn Chadwick, Patrick Heron and Elisabeth Frink it nurtures emerging talents.

Ted Few is a private dealer noted for his ability to source idiosyncratic works of art, mostly in the form of European sculpture, paintings and drawings.

Leuchars specialises in 18th- and 19th-century English and French furniture. Hugh Leuchars is based in Hampshire, and exhibits at a number of London fairs.

Philip Mould & Company, has a reputation for its distinctive British portraits, Old Masters and portrait miniatures. The Dover Street gallery hosts regular exhibitions.

“We are delighted to welcome these new members to the British Antique Dealers’ Association”, said Mark Dodgson, Secretary General of the Association. “Between them these dealers represent a diverse range of specialisms and are each known for their expertise and high quality of their stock in their respective fields.”

Four of the new members will be participating in the annual BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Alexandra Alfandary, Beaux Arts London, Philip Mould & Company and Ted Few. The dates for 2015 are 18 to 24 March, and all members now have the option of providing buyers with BADA Certificates of Provenance, an initiative that was launched last year.

The BADA have produced the following video of the fair BADA Fair tour video

Tickets and full exhibitor information available via The BADA Antiques Fair


LAPADA ConferenceThe seventh annual LAPADA Conference - one of the only industry forums of its kind in the UK’s art and antiques trade - will be held on Tuesday 24 February 2015, from 9:30am to 5pm in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords. The event is kindly sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette, Besso Limited, Cadogan Tate, Dedar and Rawlinson & Hunter.

Focusing on topics varying from branding and employment law to interior trends, industry experts will share specialist advice and insights on many of the key issues that pertain to art and antiques businesses. This follows the success of last year’s conference programme, which included retail guru, Sir Stuart Rose, as a key note speaker.

Scheduled talks include:

What does your branding say about your business? Does it accurately reflect you and what you do? Is it clear, consistent and creative? Respected Brand Consultant, Rebecca Battman, explains the importance of branding and gives tips for how you can ensure a strong identity across all media.
Rebecca Battman, Brand and Marketing Consultant

Simple tips on how to avoid common pitfalls when dealing with employees and what you should do if problems arise. Employment lawyer, Ray Wann, will take questions from the audience about general issues in HR and employment law.
Ray Wann, Partner in the Employment Group of Sheridans

Peter Kellner is an English journalist, political commentator and President of YouGov, the UK opinion polling organisation. He will discuss what YouGov’s public opinion research is indicating for the results of the upcoming elections and what impact this may have on retail businesses.
Peter Kellner, President of YouGov

A discussion panel with interior designers and design editors will explore current trends in interior design and decoration. The panel will discuss what styles are on the up and how art and antiques of different eras can be blended into modern schemes. This will also include suggestions on presentation within a retail or fair environment.

The LAPADA Conference 2015 returns to the House of Lords for a third consecutive year by courtesy of the association’s chairman, Lord Chadlington, who will chair the proceedings. Previous venues have also been places of cultural interest, including Blenheim Palace, Waddesdon Manor, the Wallace Collection and the Goldsmiths’ Hall.

A three-course lunch will be served in The Cholmondeley Room, providing an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and speakers.

Tickets are available to the public and early booking is advised.

LAPADA will offer delegates the exclusive opportunity to see the inside workings of the House of Lords and House of Commons, for those able to arrive by 8.40am for a 9am tour. Those who wish to take part in the tour should indicate their desire on their booking form.

Tickets for the event can be booked via LAPADA Conference tickets


With a reputation for turning around struggling retailers, the former head of Marks & Spencer Sir Stuart Rose addressed a sell out audience at the 6th annual LAPADA conference on Monday 24 February 2014 at The House of Lords.

Imparting his top tips for retail success, Sir Stuart's over-arching message was that the retail market was a constantly changing industry and that retailers must embrace these changes if they are to succeed. To do this, he recommended that they maintain a love for what they do, be prepared to take risks and trust what they see in order to keep things simple. While it is important to plan ahead, being affected by the actions of others is unavoidable and to manage this effectively he suggests exercising flexibility. A quality never more important than in this 24 hour world we live in. Reassuringly, his last piece of advice was to have fun in your job.

Consumer psychologist and professional speaker, Philip Graves, gave an informative presentation on the art of retail psychology, offering practical advice on how to help you sell more. Nigel White discussed international cultural etiquette, informing listeners that the right awareness and attitudes to a potential client’s culture can make or break a deal. Renowned arts economist, Dr. Clare McAndrew, gave the last talk of the day, an overview of her in-depth studies on the latest art market trends, global growth hotspots and how the UK is perceived by buyers and collectors around the world.

LAPADA CEO, Sarah Percy-Davis, noted that perhaps the most powerful message of the day was from Sir Stuart Rose: “Today’s customers are far from King, they are genuinely the master of the universe. They want what they want, when they want it and how they want it; if you can’t provide it you're dead. Customers are very selective and very discriminating, they understand quality and value and they are looking to trust the people who they transact with. Trust is a very important asset in the 21st Century retail market.”


Editor of Homes & Antiques Angela Linforth, David Asher of Country Life and Mary Narvel of the Art & Antiques Group of Chelsea Women's Club had its work cut out judging the LAPADA Awards at this year's Winter Olympia Antiques & Fine Art Fair for LAPADA

LAPADA Best Stand, LAPADA Best Stand Displaying Pictures or Textiles and LAPADA Best Stand Using Display Cabinets.

The judges, who were on the look out for exceptional layouts, outstanding quality and overall impact and it was the smalls that stood out this with Dutch dealers De Eenhoorn taking the best in show with their cabinet of curiosities.

Based in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands, De Eenhoorn are
dealers in Gothic-Renaissance Works of Art & Ceramics.
Judges commented: “A cabinet of curiosities displayed in
antique cabinets, drew you in with a diverse range of objects. The stand stood out as a clear winner on every level. It could almost be a vignette from a Dutch still life, any visitor purveying the stand who found an object to tempt them would experience a sense of discovery.”

Best Stand Using Display Cabinets: Hampton Antiques
Northhampton based Hampton Antiques are specialists in the finest antique boxes and accessories. Judges commented: “Objects immaculately polished and beautifully lit, good groupings of similar items made for easy negotiation of the stand, excellent use of available space including the full height of the stand.”

Best Stand Displaying Pictures or Textiles: Willow
Based in London, Willow Gallery ( deals in British and European 19th and 20th century paintings. Judges commented: “Another clear winner, the stand was alluring and professionally laid out. A warm neutral colour scheme, the wallpaper added a classic modern feel, the floating free standing panels drew the visitor onto the stand whilst giving a glimpse of what lay beyond.”