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.

Terms of the Trade: Treen

The term treen is derived from the old English word trēowen, meaning “of the tree” or to put it in more simple terms, wooden. In the antiques trade it is the collective name used to describe handmade functional items which are made predominantly from wood.

From the earliest civilizations until the birth of the Industrial Revolution wood was the major raw material used in the production of most objects. This was due to its durability and versatility as a medium, as well as the prolific abundance of material available and its inexpensive cost.

Rita Konig for BADA Week 2022

Rita Konig speaks to the BADA about selecting the colour for BADA Week 2022, her love of antique china and glass, and her top tips for decorating your home.

Thank you so much for choosing the BADA Week colour for 2022. Could you tell us more about why you have chosen this particular colour?

I love olive green and find it is a colour that almost everything looks good with.  

The Makers Series: Fornasetti

Piero Fornasetti was an Italian painter, artist and designer with an eclectic style. He was a very important figure in Italian industrial design culture, to such an extent that his name is internationally known. He was involved in a variety of disciplines, including painting, drawing, graphic and product design. In the course of his career he created over 13,000 works of art and was responsible for one of the largest outputs of objects and furniture of the 20th century.

The Makers Series: Paul Storr

One of the finest silversmiths of the Regency period, Paul Storr’s magnificent neo-classical designs were much admired by Royalty and the English aristocracy, adorning palaces, and stately homes throughout Europe. His creations remain much in demand with contemporary collectors and can be seen in the collections of Windsor Castle, the V&A Museum, Buckingham Palace, The New York Metropolitan Museum, and a host of other leading public and private collections worldwide.

BADA Member Video Series: Koopman Rare Art




In the latest of our series of videos showcasing the broad membership of the BADA, Lewis Smith shows us around Koopman Rare Art’s London gallery. Lewis Smith and Timo Koopman, directors of Koopman Rare Art share a wealth of knowledge and expertise. Together they are able to source the highest quality objects by some of the leading master craftsmen in silver, such as Paul Storr, Paul de Lamerie and Benjamin Smith. You can browse a selection of items from Koopman Rare Art here.



Terms of the Trade: Teapoy

Originally, the term teapoy was used to describe a small flat topped three-legged table and derives from the Hindi word tīn, meaning three, and the Persian word pāi, meaning foot. In the 17th century the term was usually spelt “tepoy” a name which bore no relation to the drink it at all and early examples are often mistaken for candle stands. However, the evolution of the term is intrinsically linked with the British passion for tea.