Newsletters September/October 2018 CINOA Newsletter


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Dear Colleagues,
I have now been President of CINOA for a little over two years. I would like to tell all of the members of this great organization that I never expected that this would happen to me. I certainly didn't seek it, but I was asked and I accepted. I have to tell you it is a crushing responsibility. Every day I try to think of ways where I can make CINOA more, not just relevant, but real, to our members. (Please see below links to some of the press articles during July and August citing CINOA and our work).
I recently met Kate Fitzgibbon, a lawyer living in Santa Fe, who is the executive secretary for the Committee on Cultural Policy (CCP). Many of you have probably received her Newsletter and, most likely, just deleted it thinking that it either had nothing to do with your business and that you didn't have the time to waste on reading another article about arcane things that don't affect your business.
Anyone born before 1970 knows that the end of the 20th century will be looked upon as an extraordinary time for cross cultural pollination. Art, antiquities, antiques all travelled the world with ease. That time period was rocket fuel to our business, we prospered because we were the keepers of knowledge about all sorts of things, from Leonardo's brushstrokes to Hammurabi's Code to Melanesian pantheism to Madame Pompadour's dog collars. We could tell you and, moreover, show you how the artifacts associated with such cultures could enhance your lives. We advertised things, but we were selling humanism.
Who could have thought the world could change so dramatically in such a short time? We are still the keepers of the flame, but now we have adversaries who are convinced of their righteousness. Should all things made in a place be returned to whence they came? Are dealers cheating the world by encouraging the plunder of natural resources, whatever they may be? Do dealers really obey laws and not act as money laundering operations? These questions may sound dramatic, but if you pay attention as I, and Kate Fitzgibbon and a small coterie of people who care about what we do and what we offer, you will realize that governments—any government—is in the business to restrict OUR trade.
This is the responsibility I feel. I don't care if you are selling 200,000 euros a year or 200,000,000 million euros a year. You will find yourself, sooner or later, in a position where a law will step out in front of you and try to restrict your business. And, furthermore, it will be done in good faith in the belief that their truth is more worthy than yours. You will not be able to argue or appeal to reason, you will find yourself being restricted for reasons that are based on false premises.
I ask you all to consider this. To all your friends in the trade that won't join an organization that don't want to be part of a group that is actively working to combat such false premises, please tell them that the free ride stops if we stop. If organizations like CINOA and CCP aren't supported, they will disappear. Your clients also should be made aware—this isn't just important, it's your life's work we are talking about. We need members, we need cohesion, we need to act for our futures.
Solidarity and focus, engagement and commitment are required by every last member. Erika and I, the Presidents or Chairmen of your organizations are not enough on our own. Please, proselytize, learn the facts, encourage new memberships, donate what you can—we need to be heard and seen like never before.
All the best,
Clinton Howell
President of CINOA
As you will know, CINOA has been taking a much more active role in recent months to influence international policy.
  • Proposed legislation on the import of cultural goods to the European Union
  • Legislation regarding Anti-Money Laundering legislation in the EU & US
  • Updates on ivory bans
  • President Trump's Chinese tariff which will affect Chinese art &  antiques
Please contact Erika Bochereau, secretary@CINOA.org, regarding any or all of the above.
A LEADING ART MARKET LAWYER WILL BE AMONG MORE THAN 300 US BUSINESS CHIEFS, LEGAL EXPERTS AND TRADE BODIES ATTENDING HEARINGS IN WASHINGTON, DC THIS WEEK TO ARGUE AGAINST THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION'S PROPOSED TARIFFS ON CHINESE IMPORTS INTO THE US.
As also report in ATG No 2354, international art market federation CINOA and auction houses including Christie's have submitted their opposition in writing amid concerns about the proposed tariff's effect on other Chinese art market hubs including London.
DEALERS AND AUCTIONEERS IN THE US AND UK ARE MOBILISING IN THE HOPE OF REMOVING WORKS OF ART FROM THE THOUSANDS OF ITEMS CAUGHT UP IN THE ESCALTING US-CHINA TRADE WAR.
Chinese works of all periods entering the US could be subject to President Trump's proposed 25% import duty on Chinese goods. ATG has learned that Christie's, leading Chinese art dealers in the US and UK and organisations including the British Antiques Dealers' Association are arguing against the proposal through a formal consultation process. Comment: Trade is putting up a good fight against Trump's tariff A submission by global trade body CINOA has been prepared by BADA secretary general Mark Dodgson. Written submissions close
ANTI-MONEY LAUNDERING BILL ADVANCES IN US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
CINOA, the largest global art and antiques trade association, has issued a letter opposing proposed U.S. legislation, HR 5886, that would apply the Bank Secrecy Act to dealers in art and antiquities. Regulation could require U.S. art and antique dealers with as little as $50,000 in annual purchases/sales to report transactions to the Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), collect client's personal information, and comply with a variety of burdensome regulations
IADAA AND CINOA ARGUE THAT COMPROMISE AMENDMENTS TO CONTENTIOUS NEW CULTURAL GOODS REGULATIONS ARE STILL TOO STRINGENT AND ILL-DEFINED
The European Parliament has delayed a vote on the contentious EU import licensing proposals, initially due in July, until September. But the contents of a leaked confidential document have "deeply concerned" both CINOA, the international confederation of art and antique dealer associations, and the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art (IADAA), two of the trade associations that have fiercely opposed the new regulations
THE EUROPEAN UNION'S PLAN TO INTRODUCE NEW LAWS ON THE IMPORTS OF CULTURAL GOODS, DUE TO BE VOTED ON THIS SUMMER, HAS BEEN DELAYED UNTIL SEPTEMBER
Chairman of IADAA Vincent Geerling said: “We are working with CINOA on further persuasive evidence of how these proposals would prove unworkable, create insurmountable barriers for customs officials and go against everything that all sides in the debate have said they are trying to avoid.”
THE GLOBAL ART AND ANTIQUES TRADE BODY HAS VOWED TO CONTINUE LOBBYING AGAINST INTERNATIONAL LEGISLATION THAT IS TO THE DETRIMENT OF THE TRADE.
CINOA held its annual general meeting on June 19, with representatives from 12 European and two American dealer associations and The International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) in attendance
RubyLUX is a proud sponsor of the upcoming AADLA Fine Art & Antique Show and thrilled to be hosting the Opening Reception on Thursday, October 25th from 6-8pm. It's wonderful news that this years' AADLA Show is happening at the same time as the TEFAF New York Fall Show, both located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Plan your visits now, the AADLA Show will be showing at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola on Park Avenue at 84th Street and TEFAF will be located at the historic Park Avenue Armory on Park Avenue at 64th Street.
We also celebrate the recent re-election of RubyLUX dealer and highly esteemed colleague, Clinton Howell as the president of CINOA. As you may know, RubyLUX has an exclusive partnership with the CINOA organization with high hopes to continue advancement of the art and antique industries.
For more information on becoming a member of RubyLUX or CINOA, please contact cinoa@RubyLUX.com.
NOTE: All the information in this newsletter is published in good faith and for general information purposes only. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such. Please note that most excerpts come from the original publication and any credit must go to the author of the publication, not to CINOA. Any views or opinions expressed in the excerpts and/or articles belong solely to the author of the publication.

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