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 140, 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:

Nicholas Maclean
Eykyn Maclean Ltd
Bona Montagu
Skarstedt Gallery
Francois Chantala
Thomas Dane Gallery
Alan Cristea
Cristea Roberts Gallery
Christopher Battiscombe
Annick Chanon

Committee Members

Melanie Clore
Clore Wyndham Fine Art
Cornelia Grassi
Rodolphe von Hofmannsthal
David Zwirner
James Holland- Hibbert
Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert
Giles Huxley-Parlour
Huxley-Parlour Gallery
David Juda
Annely Juda Fine Art
Christopher Kingzett
Christopher Kingzett Fine Art
Richard Knight
Richard Knight Fine Art
Simon Lee
Simon Lee Gallery
Alma Luxembourg
Luxembourg & Dayan
John Martin
John Martin Gallery
James Mayor
The Mayor Gallery
Richard Nagy
Richard Nagy Ltd
Pilar Orcovas
James Roundell
Simon C Dickinson
Florian Simm
Paragon | Contemporary Editions Ltd

Special Advisers

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