Lapada The Association Of Art Antiques Dealers
LAPADA, the Association of Art and Antique Dealers, is the largest association of professional art and antiques dealers in the United Kingdom with over 600 members. Although the majority of its members are based in the UK, the association also currently has 50 members in 16 other countries.
Founded in 1974, LAPADA was the first antiques trade association to introduce a Code of Practice for its member dealers. The code was instigated to give buyers confidence in their purchases, offer consumer protection and promote a high level of ethical trading practices to the industry.
All members have agreed to abide by this strict Code of Practice and in the unlikely event of a dispute the Association's free Conciliation Service can ensure a fair and speedy investigation.
Membership is only open to those who meet the Association's high standards of experience, quality of stock and knowledge of their subject. Between them, members cover virtually every discipline from antiquities to contemporary fine art.
Code of Practice
Included in the LAPADA code of practice are the following regulations for its members:
“The Member shall give to the Customer as much clear and accurate information as is reasonably practicable about the article in question, and this shall normally include:
- The approximate date or period (e.g. Regency, Art Deco) of manufacture or, if hallmarked/date-marked, the actual year;
- The material in which the article is predominantly made (e.g. walnut, bronze, oil on canvas);
- The maker or artist's name, if known, together with any provenance if known;
- Any major restoration or later additions.”
“Customers may assume that Members are aware of current legislation against false or misleading trade descriptions of goods or services, misleading price indications and other legislation aimed against the sale of stolen goods, fraud or money-laundering, and the meaning of 'due diligence' in each such area, and to have trained all sales staff appropriately.”
Board of Directors
The Earl Howe
The Lord Chadlington
- Therese D'Alton - Membership and Fair
- Emma Kendrick-White - LAPADA Fair Organiser
- Ann Kiddell - Finance
- Deborah Rhodes-Publications
- Emily Wynne-Jones - Administration
Board Directors (non-executive):
- Mike Golding (Deputy Chairman)
- Ian Anderson
- Ian Butchoff
- Sean Clarke
- John Dixon
- Anthea Gesua
- Rebecca Hossack
- Costas Kleanthous
- Helen Linfield
- Catherine McKenna
- Jacqueline Pruskin
- John Robertson
- Graham Smith
Fairs and events
The association organizes the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, held annually in London’s Berkeley Square for its member dealers and carefully vetted by teams of independent experts for authenticity and quality.
Two additional fairs are also held in association with LAPADA: the Winter Fine Art & Antiques Fair at Olympia in London and the National Fine Art & Antiques Fair, held at a different location each year throughout the UK.