Gandhara Stone Head of Buddha

It is highly important that when purchasing an antiquity that you do so with the assurance that the item is completely genuine and that the dealer you are purchasing has practised due diligence. In a market where there can be an infiltration of fakes and copies, buying from the correct dealer is a priority.

A reputable dealer will belong to a trade organisation that will abide by strict acquisition guidelines, guarantee the authenticity of their inventory and actively enforce a due diligence policy.

Reputation Matters

With over 40 years in the antiquities market, Ancient & Oriental have maintained a highly credible reputation. We are a member of various trade organisations, including: LAPADA, the ADA, the BNTA and CINOA, and thus we abide by the strict codes of conducts they set.

Our proprietor, Chris Martin, also serves as the Vice-Chairman for the ADA and Chairman for the BNTA. Chris has also been appointed by the Culture Secretary to sit on the Treasure Valuation Committee for a five year term, starting in 2016.

Codes of Conduct

Further information on the Codes of Conduct enforced by the ADA and BNTA can be found here: