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Skilled in the art of diplomacy

SLAD director general fighting for London galleries may be an ‘outsider’ but is vastly experienced at negotiating

BATTLING the bureaucracy of Westminster Council and confronting the powerful landlords of central London has been tough for Christopher Battiscombe, director general of the Society of London Art Dealers (SLAD). But his previous career certainly prepared him for conflict, negotiation and mediation, writes Laura Chesters.

Battiscombe retired from the diplomatic service after 37 years in 2000 and began a new career helping London’s art trade.

Knowing little about art when he joined, Battiscombe has spent the past 16 years lobbying for and promoting the galleries and dealers of Mayfair and St James’s, and across the art trade.

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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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