The International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA) was formed in London in 1993. IADAA is the international association of leading dealers in works of ancient art with high ethical standards. Members adhere to a stringent code of conduct designed to serve not only the interests of their clients but also the integrity of the objects themselves.
At present, 32 members from eight countries belong to IADAA. Membership is highly sought after but hard to achieve; applications are rigorously vetted.
History of IADAA
The foundation conference took place at the Westbury Hotel in London on July 4th 1993. Within the first year, 30 of the world’s leading galleries for antiquities were members. One of the main objectives of IADAA is to encourage cooperation between the trade, museums, and the archaeological community. For this purpose, IADAA has organised a number of colloquia. Its members regularly participate in national and international conferences relating to Protection of Cultural Property.
Since 1996, IADAA has cooperated formally with the Art Loss Register, the world’s largest database of stolen works of art. Since then each member of IADAA is required to check all objects with a resale value of more than 5.000 Euros or over (or local currency equivalent) with the Art Loss Register as part of their due diligence procedure.
LINK: IADAA newsletter http://iadaa.org/newsletter/