Newsletters April 2017 CINOA newsletter


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A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Dear colleagues,

The headwinds facing the art and antiques trade come from many fronts. The paucity of great things to sell, the real estate costs in urban areas, the diminution of a broad based clientele are just some of the most glaring obstacles we face. However, I would posit that the single greatest hurdle we face is in rules and regulations put forward by well meaning governments. Because we are not a well organized industry with a single product, it is very difficult to get all of us on the same page when it comes to combatting rules and regulations that harm one segment of our membership. An antique dealer may care little about droit de suite taxes while the art dealer may not care about ivory regulations. And possibly few care about the regulations of the antiquities business. This needs to change. We need to see ourselves as an industry. We need to be in a position to advise governments about what our businesses really are. Rules and regulations as created by bureaucracies have a Kafkaesque rationale that will only spiral to more tightly bind our businesses. We will be asking all our organizations to send out a questionnaire regarding OUR future. I humbly ask that you read it and respond.

All the best,

Clinton Howell
President of CINOA
CURRENT & UPCOMING FAIRS
MEMBER NEWS


AUSTRALIA CUSTOM OFFICIALS RECOGNIZE
CINOA AFFILIATED DEALERS

We are pleased to announce that the Australian Government's Customs and Border Protection Service is updating their fact sheet on Importing Antiques and recognizes CINOA affiliated dealers as qualified to certify antiques for import into Australia.

The Import Export Policy has noted from information provided on the Australian Antique and Art Dealers Association (AAADA) website that the AAADA is a member of CINOA, the principal international confederation of Art and Antique dealer associations.

As such, and in line with their review of the Importing Antiques fact sheet, they will include links to the AAADA and CINOA websites.

Please ensure that your details are up to date on the CINOA website, www.cinoa.org. Your local association can update them for you.

DROITE DE SUITE/ARTIST RESALE RIGHT

In France - 24 March 2017 Ruling

After an eight-year old legal battle between Christie's and France's associations of antique dealers and galleries, the French court stated on 24 March that artist's resale rights must be paid by sellers, with no exception. Christie's already announced it will go back-once more-to the Supreme Court. But buyers can already demand that the company and other auctioneers rescind their payments.

CHRISTIE'S CHALLENGES FRENCH COURT RULING OVER PAYING ARTISTS' RESALE RIGHTS

WHO SHOULD PAY ARTISTS? CHRISTIE'S FIGHTS BACK IN FRANCE OVER NEW RESALE RULES

ARTIST'S RESALE RIGHTS MUST BE PAID BY SELLERS, FRENCH COURT RULES
 

FOR AND AGAINST DROIT DE SUITE/ARTIST
RESALE RIGHTS (DDS/ARR)

An International WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Conference on the Artist's Resale Right will be held in Geneva on April 28, 2017, ahead of the next session of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), to promote ARR.

The Swiss Art Market Association, including CINOA member associations, VSAK/SSACA, the VSG, and KHVS/ACAS/SATA, designed a flyer in French and German promoting the fact that the Swiss art trade has not adopted DdS/ARR. The Swiss Federal Council decided not to introduce "droit de suite" since the entitlement would only be to the advantage of a very small number of artists, the revenue would be marginal and the risk that the entitlement would impact the competitiveness of the art market or it would lead to delocalisation to countries where it did not exist.

DISCOVER THE SWISS FLYERS IN FRENCH OR GERMAN:

Dans l'intérêt des artistes: une Suisse sans droit de suite
Im Interesse der Kunstler : Schweiz ohne Folgerecht
 

MEETING AT THE EC CONCERNING POSSIBLE
FUTURE MEASURES TO PREVENT ILLICIT IMPORT
FROM "CULTURAL GOODS" INTO THE EU

On March 30, the European Art Market Coalition, with two CINOA representatives, Erika Bochereau and Vincent Geerling, met with Elena Maidou, the Commission's official in charge of cultural goods in DG TAXUD, and her head of Unit, Pierre Larrieu, to discuss the recent EU questionnaire and possible future measures to prevent illicit import from "cultural goods" into the EU. (see March's newsletter for more details). The introductory meeting provided us an opportunity to voice our concerns as art professionals. We provided 5 studies that dispelled the myth that there is a large illicit art and antiques trade. Furthermore, during the conversation we defended the position that new legislation will not hinder illicit activities but will harm the legitimate art trade.

We will continue to follow up with Commission officials but also seek to meet with MEPs knowledgeable about the issue (who are most likely members of the CULT Committee) so that they table a parliamentary question to the Commission requiring clarifications/explanations. As customs fall within an exclusive competence of the EU, the European Parliament will have a strong say when the proposal will be unveiled on 4th July (tbc). It is important to work this from as many angles as possible. Please contact us for supporting material if you know any MEPs who might be favourable to our cause. CULT members can be found through this link:

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/CULT/members.html?action=0
 

FIRST G7 CULTURAL MINISTERS' MEETING & UN SECURITY
COUNCIL APPROVES RESOLUTION 2347

The first ministerial meeting on Culture, held on March 30th, ended with the signing of a joint Declaration condemning the destruction of cultural sites and calling upon the international community to intensify their fight against the illegal trafficking of cultural goods. The document follows Resolution 2347 on the protection of world heritage, unanimously approved by the UN Security Council on March 26.

FIRST G7 CULTURAL MINISTERS' MEETING EVER FOCUSES ON...YOU GUESSED IT, THE ILLEGAL ART TRADE

JOINT DECLARATION OF THE MINISTERS OF CULTURE OF G7 ON THE OCCASION OF THE MEETING "CULTURE AS AN INSTRUMENT FOR DIALOGUE AMONG PEOPLES"

THE G7 MINISTERS OF CULTURE SIGNED "THE FLORENCE DECLARATION"

UN RESOLUTION 2347 SETS STAGE FOR MORE ANTI-TRADE LEGISLATION

SECURITY COUNCIL CONDEMNS DESTRUCTION, SMUGGLING OF CULTURAL HERITAGE BY TERRORIST GROUPS, UNANIMOUSLY ADOPTING RESOLUTION 2347

EXPLANATION OF VOTE AS THE ADOPTION OF UN SECURITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION 2347 ON THE DESTRUCTION AND TRAFFICKING OF CULTURAL HERITAGE BY TERRORIST GROUPS AND IN SITUATIONS OF ARMED CONFLICT
 

ART BUSINESS CONFERENCE - NEW YORK
POST EVENT UPDATE

Julian Radcliffe (The Art Loss Register), Nanne Dekking (Artory), Megan Noh (Cahill Partners), Clinton Howell (CINOA & Clinton Howell Antiques), moderated by Georgina Adam

On 4 April, in total 240 delegates representing over 140 art organisations from across the US, UK and Europe attended the conference. CINOA was a supporting partner.

CINOA President, Clinton Howell participated to the panel discussion titled "Walking the tightrope - Privacy vs Transparency". In the wake of media reports on scandals in the art market, there are growing calls for more transparency in the art market. Panelist discussed what this really means. As Clinton Howell explained transparency may have benefits in some circumstances, but the subject needs much greater definition. The big topics - money laundering and "black" money are essentially banking issues, not trade issues. After all, the money has to originate somewhere. Taxation issues should be recognized as such and debated fairly. He acknowledged that as a self-regulated industry, we do our best, but we fail from time to time, as do all other industries.

For more details on the programme, visit the website http://www.theartbusinessconference.com. Some have been highlighted in the following article: "What Next?" An Uncertain Art World Asks, Sticking to Proven Brands

This conference will become an annual event in New York. The CINOA membership is encouraged to email suggestions on topics for 2018 to louise@artmarketminds.com
 

CINOA AGM MEETING
Jun 13-15 near Basel - Register Now!

The CINOA AGM 2017 has been condensed to one day of meetings followed by a visit to Art Basel 2017. Register through the CINOA secretariat. (Limited hotel rooms)

Delegates and guests will be welcomed on June 13 by a 6pm reception and dinner. On June 14, starting at 9am, delegates will discuss topics affecting the market and practical issues of concern for dealers. Just after lunch, the Administrative Council will meet briefly and then delegates, will gather at 3pm for the AGM to discuss the official business of the association. The day's activities will end with a gourmet French dinner. On June 15, a visit will be organised to Art Basel including complimentary tickets and transportation. The delegate and guest fee is 180 euros each. The hotel is located in France about 45-55 minutes from Basel. Delegates will need a car to get to the hotel, but all events will be located either at the hotel or 300 meters away.
 

DEALER PROFILE: ELFRIEDE LANGELOH

Friedel Kirsch is the owner of Elfriede Langeloh - a German antiques art trade and showroom which has seen four generations of family in the business and specializes in the trade of extraordinary objects of Meissen porcelain from the 18th century. She was recently featured on the RubyLUX blog, discussing the History of the Meissen Swan Service, the most renowned of the services produced by the German manufacturer. Read more.
 

RubyLUX LAUNCHES LUXBOOK
 

This month RubyLUX launched LUXBOOK, an interactive inventory search featuring the works of the most prestigious Interior Designers and Architects in the field. Using top interior design projects as inspiration, shoppers can browse RubyLUX's database of antiques, 20th century and fine art to source items for their collection or design project. Learn more.
 
Dear CINOA Dealer,

RubyLUX is proud to partner with CINOA. This partnership aims to advance the art and antiques industry by providing you with the exceptional online tools that RubyLUX has built to increase your business, and will continue to grow. We believe you are the only one who can decide what is right for your business. Please browse through the site and contact cinoa@RubyLUX.com with any questions.

Best Regards,
RubyLUX.com



 

 

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