New BADA chairman

Posted: 2013-07-12 15:45:43 - Last updated: 2014-10-31 16:27:13

BADA has a new chairman of the council, which took effect at its Annual General Meeting on 9th July.

Well-respected Chinese ceramics dealer, Michael Cohen, has taken over from Jonathan Coulborn, the fine furniture and works of art dealer, who was in the post for two years.

Michael is particularly known for his striking displays of fine Chinese export porcelain at antiques fairs, most notably at TEFAF Maastricht. After graduating from the University of East Anglia, Michael Cohen began his career as a research geneticist. However, he found that his growing interest in antiques began to overshadow his day job and he finally took the plunge and rented a space in Portobello Road, dealing in general antiques. He realised that his real love and affinity lay with Chinese export porcelain, in which he decided to specialise.

Following his marriage to Ewa the company became known as Cohen and Cohen and moved to Kensington Church Street where he traded successfully for a number of years. However, in the wake of the “9/11” attacks the nature of the business changed with the unwillingness of American clients to travel to the UK. Since closure of the gallery in 2008 Michael and Ewa have traded from home and at TEFAF and US antiques fairs.

Commenting on his appointment Michael said:

“I am honoured to be taking on the role of chairman of such a well-respected and knowledgeable group of antique dealers.

“BADA members do an excellent job of promoting the very best that the British trade has to offer; this is exemplified by the wonderful displays they put on recently at London’s summer fairs and exhibitions, but also of course at the BADA Fair in March.

“I look forward to working with our president, Lord Evans, and secretary general, Mark Dodgson, in meeting the challenges that face the trade in these interesting times”.

Mark Dodgson said of the new chairman:

“I am delighted that Michael has agreed to be our next dealer chairman. What will be very helpful will be his hands-on experience, learnt the hard way by building up a Portobello Road business that has subsequently become a respected player in the international market. His experience of having once been a small dealer, as well as of now dealing at the upper end, will enable him to relate to the full breadth of the BADA membership.

“Michael also has a keen eye for presentation, which will be very helpful as we consider how best to further promote BADA as it faces a world of unprecedented change, a world that nevertheless offers the trade new selling opportunities”.

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