The society of London art dealers

The Society of London Art Dealers was founded in 1932 to promote and protect the good name and interests of the art trade, and to enhance public confidence in responsible fine art dealing. Its members, around 130, have a proven reputation in their field and have signed an undertaking to observe high standards of fair and honest dealing.


Membership of the Society is open to firms throughout the United Kingdom engaged in the sale of all forms of the visual arts. Membership covers a huge range of disciplines within the visual arts but is restricted to companies invited and vetted by the Executive Committee. To be considered for membership a dealer must have been in business for at least three years and have a high reputation for honesty and integrity, and expert knowledge of the artists or periods in which he or she specialises.


The Society has a vital role to play in representing the interests of its members in discussions with the government and other professional bodies on current issues concerning the art trade. These issues are wide ranging but cover highly important topics such as Artist’s Resale Right, VAT legislation and regulations concerning the import and export of artworks throughout the world. The Society also provides its members with specialist advice on taxation and legal matters, it publishes a quarterly newsletter, a directory of members, and frequent circulars on topics of essential interest to the trade.

Cooperation with other Organisations

The Society is a founder member of the British Art Market Federation (the Director General is its ex officio Secretary), which was set up in 1996 to represent the interests of the art trade as a whole in discussion with the government and other bodies. The Society also cooperates closely with its sister organisations, The British Antique Dealer’s Association (BADA) and the Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA), with whom it has regular discussions on a wide range of matters.


The Society is a member of Confederation Internationale de Negociants en Oeuvres d’Art (CINOA) and the Federation of European Art Galleries Associations (FEAGA). It also has close relations with the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and with the French Syndicat des Antiquaires.


The Society runs an up to date website at giving details of all its member firms with direct links to their own websites listing the names of the artists they deal in and in many cases details of items of stock, upcoming exhibitions etc.


Executive Committee

The business and affairs of the Society are governed and managed by an Executive Committee which consists of the following:
Chairman Vice Chairman Vice Chairman
David Juda Christopher Kingzett Simon Lee
Annely Juda Fine Art Christopher Kingzett Fine Art Simon Lee Gallery

Hon Treasurer Director General Administrator
Alan Cristea Christopher Battiscombe Annick Chanon
Alan Cristea Gallery Ltd    

Committee Members

Robert Bowman

Toby Campbell Rachel Elwes
Bowman Sculpture Rafael Valls Ltd Ben Elwes Fine Art
Cornelia Grassi Sara Le Turcq Robin Light
greengrassi Hauser & Wirth Crane Kalman Gallery Ltd
Alma Luxembourg Rupert Maas Nicholas Maclean
Luxembourg & Dayan The Maas Gallery Ltd Eykyn Maclean Ltd
Stephen Paisnel James Roundell Graham Southern
Paisnel Gallery Simon C Dickinson Blain|Southern
Alexandra Toscano Tim Warner-Johnson  
Trinity Fine Art Ltd Colnaghi  

Special Advisers
Julian Agnew Lady Angela Nevill  
Sir Jack Baer The Hon Michael Tollemache  
Patrick Bourne Johnny Van Haeften  
Sir Thomas Lighton