The Members’ Assembly elected the Board of Directors on 25 November 2019 for the 2020-2021 two-year period in the persons of Riccardo Bacarelli, Gianluca Berardi, Bruno Botticelli,
Pietro Cantore, Alessandro Cesati, Alessandra Di Castro, Marco Longari, Dario Mottola, Walter Padovani, Tomaso Piva and Maria Novella Romano.
On 16 December 2019, the Counsellors appointed Alessandra Di Castro as President of the Association; Riccardo Bacarelli and Walter Padovani as Vice Presidents; Tomaso Piva as Secretary and Pietro Cantore as Treasurer.
The new Board sets off from the excellent work carried out by the outgoing President Enrico Frascione and the ones who came before him, Giovanni Pratesi and Carlo Orsi, with whom most of us had the privilege and fortune to work.
“I take this baton with a high sense of responsibility and I intend to work to the best of my abilities to introduce novelties and be abreast of the times. The art market and the world of collectors operate in a fast-changing society, and it is thus necessary to turn a profession like ours, historically steeped into tradition, into a dynamic one.
Among the many goals of the Associations, I believe priority should be given to promoting the role, value and identity of Italian antiquarians, redefining them, both nationally and internationally. I also strongly believe in collegiality and a more concerned management of the Association. So as to fulfil these goals, we will try and favour a relentless and productive exchange of ideas among all members, in the big cities as well as in all the other places in Italy that are lively and replete with culture.
Finally, we should commit ourselves to strengthening our Institutional profile, without distorting our noble profession, carrying on with the long and tough work of previous Boards, intensifying the relationships and the constant dialogue with the Ministry of Culture, with political bodies dedicated to culture and commerce and with the Cultural Heritage Protection Unit of the Carabinieri Corps.”
Alessandra Di Castro
The Italian Antiquarians Association (Associazione Antiquari d'Italia) was established on 10 October 1959, in a gesture intended to support and share the spirit and ideals of the Florence International Antiques Fair. The Fair is the feather in the cap of the Association, and over the years it has endeavoured to consistently raise the level of quality, identifying with the aims and ambitions of its members and succeeding in consolidating its status as one of the most authoritative events on the international scene. The objective was, first and foremost, to offer prestigious antiquarians an institution and an event in which they felt they had a voice and which was able to listen, understand and represent them beyond a market experienced at the time as a blurred and confused muddle.
In this sense both the Association and the Fair (which is on record as being the first antique art fair in the world) immediately made their mark, established as a model of quality and morality not only on the Italian scene but also on the international stage, like all the events that were to follow.
Fairness and clear perspectives are therefore the hallmark of the attitude that the Association has always had towards its members, both in the case of disputes – in which it plays a role of conciliation and mediation between the adversary parties – and in terms of supporting and protecting its members in the case of clearly prejudicial actions or measures.
Transparency in the trade of works of art is indeed one of the fundamental benchmarks of the Association, together with the severe prosecution of any unfair dealing or underhand expedients, which it has always staunchly fought against, even through legal measures: a stalwart and resolute stand in defence of antique art and the enhancement of its heritage.
Today, the Association numbers 160 antiquarians, belongs to the International Confederation of Art and Antique Dealers' Associations (CINOA), is involved in the organisation of prestigious cultural events, sponsors lectures and conferences designed to foster and spread a knowledge of antiques and antique dealing. Finally, it also offers scholarships, awards and certificates aimed at stimulating the culture and knowledge of the heritage of antique art.