BADA Member Video series: The Armoury of St James's




In the latest of our series of videos showcasing the broad membership of the BADA, Toby Pennington shows us around The Armoury of St James’s Picadilly gallery. The Armoury of St James's has been established for nearly 40 years, dealing in ceremonial and royal presentation items and objects with connections to historic events and personalities from the mid eighteenth century onwards. You can browse a selection of items from The Armoury of St James’s here.




Terms of the Trade: Rushlight

Terms of the Trade: Rushlight

One of the oldest and simplest forms of lighting, rushlight candles have been in common use since before the rise of the Roman Empire and continued to be used in rural parts of Britain well into the 20th century.

Rushlights are produced by cutting the long stalks of rush plants, which grow in abundance in the UK in marshes, bogs, and wet meadows. The green peel is then skinned from the plant and the white fibrous pith hung in bunches to dry before soaking in animal fat, grease, or oil, such as rapeseed oil.

The Makers Series: Dame Laura Knight

From early adversity, Dame Laura Knight became one of the most versatile, innovative, and popular artists of the 20th century, and in doing so helped redefine the status and recognition for women within the British art establishment.

Born in 1877 in the Derbyshire town of Long Eaton, Laura was the youngest of three daughters born to Charles and Charlotte Johnson. She never knew her father, a publican by trade, as her parents separated a few months after her birth.

BADA Friends supports Bethlem Museum of the Mind

The Friends of the BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association) are delighted to support the purchase of a photograph by contemporary surrealist photographer Benji Reid for the Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

The museum already has a strong collection of art works by traditional artists such as Richard Dadd, Louis Wain and Jonathan Martin. However, the museum was weak in representing the lives and experiences of the black British community.

The Makers Series: Rembrandt Bugatti

Although his tragically short career would last for only 12 years, Italian artist Rembrandt Bugatti has become recognised as one of the world’s finest and most gifted animalier sculptors.

Born in Milan in 1884 to an artistic family, Rembrandt was the younger son of Carlo Bugatti, an interior decorator, jewellery designer and manufacturer of Art Nouveau furniture, and his wife Teresa Lorioli.

The Makers Series: Thomas Chippendale

From relatively humble origins, Thomas Chippendale became the most famous British furniture-maker of the 18th century. Patronised by royalty, gentry and countless public figures, his designs graced many of the finest houses both in Europe and America.

Born in the village of Otley, West Yorkshire in 1718, Thomas Chippendale was the only child of John and Mary Chippendale. The Chippendale Family had been carpenters in the timber trade for generations and John, a joiner, is thought to have trained young Thomas in the trade.

Terms of the Trade: Settle

Terms of the Trade: Settle

Constructed in multiple forms and sizes, the settle is collective term used to describe a hardwood bench, usually built with arms and a high back, and designed to accommodate three or four sitters.

The form is thought to date from the 12th century with the high back design favoured as a means of protecting the sitter from unwanted chills common in draughty medieval buildings.

BADA Announces Managing Director

The British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Ashley Gallant as the Association’s Managing Director.

Ashley brings a wealth of relevant experience to the role having spent eight years as Business Development Manager and Financial Controller with world renowned Asian art dealers Sydney L Moss. Having completed her law degree during this time, the role saw her take the lead on key issues such as the company’s preparations for Brexit, Anti-Money Laundering, and the Ivory Act.

Terms of the Trade: Prattware

Prattware is the collective term given to a specific style of underglaze coloured earthenware, often relief decorated, produced in the UK from approximately 1780 to 1840.

The light earthenware body of a piece is decorated in a palette of oxide colours comprising, cobalt blue, yellow ochre, manganese, brown, and copper green, which are applied under a pearlware glaze. This palette had been previously used as the basis for polychrome delftware.

The Makers Series: Jingdezhen Kilns

The home of Imperial porcelain manufacture from the Ming dynasty onwards, the Jingdezhen Kilns of Jiangxi province in Southern China are famed for producing the finest quality Chinese porcelain for both the domestic and export markets.

Although a comparatively remote location, Jingdezhen was ideally suited for the production of porcelain given the area’s abundance of high quality Petuntse deposits, forests to provide fuel for the kilns and the Changjiang river offering a convenient means of shipping.