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Antique industry associations

Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association

links pageThe AAADA is the leading industry body, with six state chapters, representing 137 leading antiques and art dealers in Australia.

Since its foundation in 1992 the AAADA has set the standard for trading in the antiques & art business in Australia.

Our expertly vetted members and service providers uphold the principles of the Association and adhere to respective Codes of Practice . This safeguards the consumer, enabling you to buy, collect, sell, value and restore antiques and art with confidence.

CINOA Confederation Internationale des Negociants en Oeuvres d'Art

CINOA is a non-profit international federation of associations which was established more than 70 years ago. It is the only international federation for antique and art dealers that represents a wide array of specialities. CINOA's members are 31 art and antique associations from 21 countries. Through these associations CINOA represents more than 5,000 dealers worldwide. Membership of CINOA is based on associations which bind their dealer members to adhere to reputable standards of quality and expertise.  The CINOA secretariat, based in Brussels, has two official working languages: English and French. Our members are from Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia & CIS, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The Furniture History Society

The Furniture History Society was founded in 1996 to promote the appreciation and understanding of Australian and international furniture and to assist in its preservation and documentation. Members of the Society have the opportunity to discuss all aspects of furniture with other collectors, curators and the antiques trade through its regular newsletter, specialist talks, seminars, panel discussions and visits to private and public collections. As an important part of our heritage, furniture provides a vital record of social change and a fascinating field for study and research.
The Society's areas of interest and study include:  Characteristics of timbers; construction techniques and materials; identification of fakes and reproductions; Australian furniture makers and designers;  'high' style and regionally produced furniture; relationship between architecture and furniture; and furniture restoration and conservation.

The British Antique Dealers Association

The British Antique Dealers Association is the trade association for the leading antique dealers in Britian.

Local AAADA members and service providers


‘Patinations' is a small workshop where tradition, craft and science meet. Our comprehensive understanding of history, design, woodworking and finishing expertise is crucial to accessing your individual requirements and determining the best treatment for your furniture. We pride ourselves on our ability to work closely with our customers to ensure your individual needs are met with full satisfaction.

All work is carried out under the direct supervision of the proprietor, Greg Peters, who has an extensive knowledge and experience with Australian, English and Continental furniture. In 2000 Greg was awarded the prestigious Winston Churchill Fellowship to study and work with world leading conservators in institutions of excellence; The Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal Collection (London), Musee des arts decoratifs (Paris) and The RIJKS Museum (Amsterdam) to mention but a few.

Andrew Whitehead Decorative Arts

The decorative arts 1850 - 1950 including the Aesthetic Movement, art noveau, Jugendstil, arts and crafts and Victorian reform, specialist in works by Dr. Christopher Dresser.

The Merchant of Welby

19th century Australian cedar furniture, also English furniture, 19th and early 20th century ceramics and glass including Australian pottery, silver, metalware and other Australian antiques.

Sites of relevance and interest

Asia Bookroom

Asia Bookroom is a leading Asian bookselling specialist. We have a large stock of books old and new on China, Japan, India, Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma/Myanmar, Laos, Sri Lanka/Ceylon, Malaysia, Singapore, Timor Leste, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, the Himalayan region including Tibet and Central Asia. We stock books old and new on all of these areas - and many Asian themes and topics - for example cookery and food, religion and philosophy, Asian art and many more. Browse our site and subscribe to our mailing list for updates of new books as they arrive.

The Asian Arts Society of Australia

The Asian Arts Society of Australia Inc. (TAASA) provides a forum for enthusiasts and experts to share their interests in, and pursue the study of a wide range of arts from the entire Asian region.
TAASA was formed in 1991. It is a national body promoting the knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of Asian architecture, painting, sculpture, textiles and ceramics, music, dance and film. It is also concerned with the impact of Asian art forms on the development of the arts of other cultures, including Australian. TAASA's activities are designed to complement those of public museums, art galleries and educational institutions. Active focus groups reflecting members' interests and inviting their involvement are based in Sydney and Melbourne.

Wikipedia - Chinese furniture

This page provides some information about Chinese furniture, expect to see it develop over time.

Yin Yu Tang

This very interesting website provides information about a traditional Chinese house that was transported piece by piece from southern China to the USA and faithfully reconstructed to the original design.