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How to survive in a climate of fear

Dealers’ group chairman tells Gabriel Berner about the way forward for honest traders

Q & A – Joanna van der Lande

‘How Western Art Collectors are Helping to Fund Isis’ (Guardian), ‘Broken System Allows Isis to Profit from Looted Antiquities’ (New York Times), ‘How Antiquities are Funding Terrorism’ (Financial Times).

In 2015, news of looting and the destruction of ancient sites in the Middle East by the fanatical Islamic terrorists Isis began to gain worldwide attention.

Headlines, like those above, appeared in the mainstream media, fuelled by a wider backlash against the antiquities trade by archaeological hardliners and anti-trade groups. For those who legitimately buy and sell ancient artefacts, the unwarranted attention has been damaging.

Here, Joanna van der Lande, chairman of the Antiquities Dealers’ Association, discusses the trade’s reputation, why academics should be doing more to defend cultural property, the prospect of an antiquities amnesty and why it will take a lot more than Brexit to knock London off its perch as a key antiquities hub.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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