The use of antiques in traditional or modern settings will always be desirable; the lure of the past is strong. Becoming a dealer of antiques is no easy task. A large sum of knowledge, together with a good deal of professional experience is required. It also helps to know people active in the trade. Some of the most respected dealers in the world were, at first collectors, who pursued their personal preference over many years before becoming dealers. Others gained an apprenticeship with some of the great dealers of their day. CINOA, is the international body for antiques dealers worldwide while in Australia it’s the AA&ADA In the USA the USA Antique Dealer Association lists the dealers in every state. In the UK there is BADA and LAPADA. Truly great dealers are always happy to talk with people who share their passion and pursuit of the rare and wonderful.
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Carolyn McDowall FRSA has gained considerable experience and business acumen in her professional career. An independent cultural and social historian, Carolyn is an interior designer by trade. She has been involved in the creative sector for over thirty years in Australia; completing interior design projects, creating and producing innovative corporate and not-for profit (social profit) community events. She has over that time continuously conducted independent research , while designing, developing, and producing educational art and design history programs in conjunction with renowned specialist colleagues.