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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.”