LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has launched its redeveloped website, lapada.org, with aims to be the leading online marketplace for sourcing authentic art and antiques from trusted LAPADA-accredited dealers.
Designed and developed by Bureau for Visual Affairs, the public-facing portal features an intuitive interface and simple search mechanism. The site encompasses a range of key functions: unifying the brand identity and aesthetic presentation of works on offer, providing commercial retail services and simplifying the categorisation of art and antiques.
On offer are works from 550 UK and international LAPADA members dealing in a range of disciplines including furniture, 20th century design, fine and contemporary art, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, decorative arts and silver. Membership to LAPADA is only open to those who meet its stringent requirements in terms of experience, quality of stock and knowledge of their subject. Due to the Association’s strict Code of Practice, customers can purchase from a LAPADA member with confidence.
LAPADA said there has been a significant uptake to join lapada.org as members see the benefits of a consumer-focused marketplace. Notable dealers registered from the UK include Butchoff Antiques, Philip Mould Portrait Miniatures and McKenna & Co., and from the international membership Daniel Larsson (Sweden), Raffaello Pernici (Italy) and Bell & Bird (USA) have joined. Distinguished dealer, Peter Petrou has demonstrated his support for the portal by signing up for four years in advance.
The site also hopes to promote engagement between dealers and clients by featuring buying guides, advice and informative editorial content from dealers and industry specialists.
Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, comments: “We are always looking for ways to build on the services we offer our membership. Redeveloping the LAPADA website into a premier marketplace portal presents an exciting opportunity for our dealers to showcase works and boost online sales.
“The website is easy to use, offering visitors an engaging, positive experience. We have dedicated part of the website to offering informed and engaging editorial aimed at new buyers and seasoned collectors alike. This addresses perhaps the most enjoyable element of buying and selling art and antiques: learning and sharing the history, stories and techniques behind the works.”