REGIONAL ANTIQUES ASSOCIATIONS
Among its many day to day activities, LAPADA lobbies on issues affecting its members and the well-being of the British antiques trade as a whole. The Association also works closely with many of the UK’s major regional associations including the following:
THE COTSWOLD ART & ANTIQUES DEALERS’ ASSOCIATION (CADA)
The Cotswold Art and Antiques Dealers’ Association, known to all as the CADA, is a group of professional art and antiques dealers with specialist knowledge and expertise covering a wide spectrum of specialisms including:-
Garden Antiques; Books & Prints; Metal ware, Silver & Jewellery; Ceramics & Glass; Fine Art & Sculpture; Furniture – encompassing Fine Furniture, Oak & Country, Campaign, & the Arts & Crafts Movement; Clocks & Timepieces; Sports & Travel; Carpets, Samplers & Textiles.
The CADA aims to promote and encourage trade within the broad geographical Cotswold area, and to assist all local and visiting collectors to purchase with confidence fine antiques and works of art. Many CADA members hold regular exhibitions and these are well worth making a diversion to see, be it online or in the gallery, and each year we hold an antiques fair – this year scheduled for October within the museum setting of Compton Verney.
Most members are themselves collectors and specialists in their own fields and welcome the opportunity to share their enthusiasm and knowledge. Our members base their business around their shop, gallery or home and you will also find CADA members standing at other prestigious antiques fairs in England and America, confirming members leading role in the wider art and antiques community.
CADA members are experienced in dealing with customers world-wide and will help with advice about your choice of purchase, carriage, shipping and insurance, alongside valuations and restoration as required.
The Cotswold Art & Antique Dealers’ Association
Chairman: Alex Puddy
THE PETWORTH ART & ANTIQUES DEALERS’ ASSOCIATION (PAADA)
The Petworth Art & Antiques Dealers Association (PAADA) represents the vast majority of the many art galleries, antique shops and centres in Petworth. At present this numbers nearly 40 in all. When dealing with a PAADA member you can rest assured that they all comply with the PAADA code of practice. The ancient market town of Petworth traces its origins back to medieval times. Set amidst the lush beauty of the West Sussex countryside only 50 miles from central London, its winding lanes and quaint old buildings give the impression that time has stood still. Yet nothing could be further from the truth for Petworth is a thriving town that is not only an important centre for antiques but also offers other attractions including the charming Cottage Museum, an annual festival and traditional fair and nearby Petworth House which houses the National trust’s finest art collection.
KENSINGTON CHURCH STREET ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION (KCSADA)
With over 60 antiques dealers in one street, members of KCSADA offer one of the largest selections of art and antiques in London including English and Continental furniture, silver, European porcelain and pottery, Oriental ceramics and works of art. In addition there are dealers specialising in paintings and prints, arms, walking canes, books, glass and mirrors, clocks and 20th century decorative arts. London’s premier street for antiques is easily accessible from either Kensington High Street or Notting Hill Gate underground stations and is served by many buses. It is a stone’s throw from the Royal Garden Hotel and only about five minutes taxi ride from Hyde Park Corner.
THE PORTOBELLO ROAD ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION (PADA)
The Portobello Antiques Dealers Association was founded in 1985 with three main objectives: to promote the antiques shopping area of London’s Portobello Road and Westbourne Grove, to encourage fair dealing between PADA members and the public and to improve the local environment. To this end, all member dealers subscribe to a code of practice. Market days, which are every Saturday, start gradually from around 5.30 am with trading between dealers from the UK and overseas. Most stall holders have arrived by 8.00 am and the market is in full swing for the rest of the day, with collectors and visitors from all over the world. Some shops open during the rest of the week. The shops and stalls of Portobello Road offer an extraordinary variety of goods ranging in price from a few pounds to many thousands. Visitors come from all over the world because they know that in Portobello Road they will find the most extensive selection of antiques in Britain.
Portobello Road Antique Dealers Association
223a Portobello Road W11 1LU
Office open Tues. & Fri. 9.30am-2.30pm
THE THAMES VALLEY ANTIQUE DEALERS ASSOCIATION (TVADA)
TVADA, The Thames Valley Antique Dealers Association, was an organisation active between 1989 – 2014. Sadly, the members of TVADA unanimously voted to close the association in October 2014 yet many continue to trade, some being members of LAPADA.
TVADA’s aim was to unite the antiques dealers of the Thames Valley, to support and promote members and provide a more complete service for their customers. It was run by members who willingly volunteered their time to help encourage visitors into the Thames Valley’s vibrant towns & villages and its many antique shops and galleries.
Their membership, which represented some 150 dealers at its peak, was made up of a huge variety of talented individuals incorporating just about all disciplines from the 16th century right through to the 21st.