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Certificates of BADA Provenance

BADA Members can issue for their customers Certificates of BADA Provenance in respect of any item purchased from them.

Since its foundation in 1918, BADA has set the standard for trading in the antiques business. Its main aim is to establish and maintain confidence between its members and the public, both in buying and selling. The certificates act as a tangible and lasting method of achieving this.

Provenance is a crucial element in the sales process and of importance to the art market at large. The fact that an object has been bought from a member of BADA can be recorded on a certificate as part of its permanent provenance.

BADA members are able to provide their customers with the Certificate of BADA Provenance, incorporating an image of the item, whilst details of all certificates issued are kept permanently by the Association.

Owners of artifacts are advised to keep the certificates with their valued antique objects and to pass them on to future owners.

The certificates are especially popular with overseas buyers, in particular buyers from markets such as China and Turkey, where collectors welcome this added assurance.

The information  contained in all certificates is held on a centralised database administered by the Association, and this enables a member of the public to check with BADA whether or not the certificate they hold is genuine.

To ensure quality control and security, the hard copies of the certificates are only ever issued from BADA’s London headquarters.

Customers of BADA members who have purchased objects for which they would like to request a Certificate of BADA Provenance should contact the member in the first instance.

BADA members can click here to access their account at Certificates of BADA Provenance