Thursday, November 17, 2011

The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA)

What is the BADA?

The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) is the trade association for the leading antique dealers in Britain. Since its foundation in 1918 BADA has set the standard for trading in the antiques business. Its main aim is to establish and maintain confidence between its members and the public, both in buying and selling.

A professional association

Members are elected to the association for their high business standards and expertise. They adhere to a vigorously enforced code as laid down in the association's Bye-laws. After a thorough election procedure dealers continue to have their membership renewed and confirmed annually.

BADA members pride themselves on their reputation for integrity, wide knowledge of their chosen field of specialisation and the high quality of their stock. It is for this reason that a member of the public can have confidence when buying from, or selling to, a member of the BADA.

BADA members are experts in their chosen fields of specialisation — indeed many members are world authorities. They are therefore able to provide reliable information and advice to all who are interested in antiques.

There are approximately four hundred dealers throughout Britain who have met the very high standards that BADA demands. Details about the dealers can either be found using the Find a Dealer search facilities of BADA web site or by contacting BADA's national headquarters.

The BADA organises the premier national antiques fair, the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair. Held annually in the spring it is set in elegant pavilions at The Duke of York's Square, which is located in fashionable Chelsea in the heart of London. All exhibitors are members of the Association.

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