How to become an Antiques and Fine Art Dealer

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: April 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Antiques and fine art dealers source and supply a range of antique and vintage items, paintings and sculpture. They trade through various channels including from their own retail premises, antiques centres, antiques fairs, auctions and, increasingly, online.

Many specialise in dealing in particular types of antiques or art, such as furniture, books, jewellery, ceramics, crystal and glass. Others deal in specific genres such as 'kitchenalia', vintage advertising signs or 'mid-century' furniture from the 1950s and 60s.

Key customer groups include trade buyers such as other dealers; collectors and investors; property developers; pub, restaurant and hotel owners sourcing items for their premises; interior designers; museums and galleries. Many people also buy antiques and fine art for their own homes or personal collections and have a number of specific rights under a range of recent changes to consumer protection regulations.

This profile provides information about starting up and trading as an antiques and fine art dealer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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