CINOA International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers Associations



2015-06-26 11:23:32

CINOA (the Confédération Internationale des Négociants en Oeuvres d'Art or International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers Associations) is a worldwide trade organization for the dealers of antiques, fine and contemporary art.

Founded in 1935, the association has 5,000 members from 32 national associations in 22 countries across the world. CINOA’s aims are to encourage high ethical standards in the trade, facilitate legitimate circulation of art works throughout the world, and disseminate practical information on the art market.

Initially, CINOA organised international exhibitions to highlight the important role that art and antique dealers play in promoting culture. However, members realised that the federation could also contribute to the dissemination and preservation of culture by other means.

Since the 1950s, the organization has held congresses and conferences to discuss matters of interest to art and antique dealers throughout the world. CINOA continues to offer a platform for art and antique market experts and dealers to discuss interests and concerns.

Membership of CINOA is based on associations which bind their dealer members to adhere to reputable standards of quality and expertise. Membership of CINOA by an individual can only be through a national association.

The organization states that its mission is to:

  • Advocate for art & antique dealers
  • Protect national heritages
  • Eliminate traffic of stolen art & antiques
  • Support artistic development, education and research
  • Promote private and public collections

Art Education and research

CINOA and its member dealer associations offer educational initiatives which range from newsletters, workshops, conferences, scholarships to accredited diplomas.

In addition, many CINOA dealers are art experts who use their expertise to give lectures or take part in road-shows to help educate organisations, groups or individuals.

Through sharing knowledge, CINOA encourages dealers and buyers to work together to build collections which help to preserve or portray important aspects of past, present and future cultural heritage. Collections as well as individual works of art and antiques are important for the understanding of humankind.


Jan De Maere (Belgium)

Robert Dance (USA)
Bo Knutsson (Sweden)

Erik Edelstam (Sweden)

Council Members
Jolyon Warwick James (Australia), Patrick Derom (Belgium), Mirelle Romand (France), Hermann Specht (Germany), Pieter Hoogendijk (Netherlands), Jacqueline Aden-Hurst (Switzerland), Michael Tollemache (UK), James McConnaughy (USA)

Permanent Councillors
Andrew Hill, Gerald G. Stiebel, Henry Neville, Walter Feilchenfeldt

Honorary Auditors
Mark Dodgson (UK), Walter Prause (Austria)

Secretary General
Erika Bochereau


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