The Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) is one of the oldest associations of antique and art dealers in France. Its mission is to defend and promote the profession of antique dealer both in France and internationally. The SNA brings together nearly 300 members centered around a powerful code of ethics based on the principles of Authenticity - Quality - Honorability.
As the recognized interface between its members and the legislator, the SNA is the main voice of the trade and works to raise awareness with public authorities on the need and means to preserve the vitality of the French art market worldwide.
Antique dealers and art galleries are key players and essential guarantors in the preservation of humanity’s ancestral heritage. Through knowledge and investment, expertise and specialization, the trade contributes at the highest level to the improvement and dissemination of artistic, historical and technical knowledge. Antique dealers and art dealers actively participate in the world-wide cultural and economic influence of France by bringing their dynamism to the development of their industrie linked to culture, art, education and tourism.
One of the foremost public aspects of this development is the organization, by the SNA of the flagship French art and antiques fairs - La Biennale Paris.
Another important contribution by the Syndicat National des Antiquaires is the prestigious SNA Art Book Prize in association with the official bookshop of the Louvre Museum. This prize of 10,000 euros is awarded each year since 2001 to the author of an illustrated book devoted to art.
The SNA organizes a number of events and conferences promoting and encouraging a wide interest in art. With speakers of the highest degree of expertise, the SNA offers a series of free lectures accessible to all on the various and varied subjects of the world of art.
The SNA, in association with other French and international professional associations such as the Conseil National du Marché de l’Art (CNMA) and the Confederation International de Négociants en Œuvres d'Art (CINOA), actively defends the rights and the future of the trade at the national, European and international levels.
Commissions of the SNA
The SNA's Board of Directors has organised itself into specific and dedicated working committees.
Do not hesitate to contact them for any questions or suggestions.
et relation adhérents
Mathias Ary Jan
Pierre-Edouard de Souzy
Anthony JP Meyer
Every professional associations is obliged to file its articles of – association - and the names of those responsible for its administration or management. Article R213161 of the Labour Code provides that the said documents must be deposited at the town hall of the locality where the association is established.
You can consult our articles of association
Le Syndicat National des Antiquaires tient à jour pour ses adhérents un guide juridique et fiscal, dont l’accès leur est réservé dans l’espace membres.
Parmi les obligations légales qu’ils doivent respecter, cette rubrique met en lumière quelques points susceptibles d’intéresser le public :
The right of resale
The resale right is the remuneration from which the authors of original graphic and plastic works benefit when reselling their works during which an art market professional intervenes.
Since 2007, the law has made it compulsory to declare and pay droit de suite on certain categories of works sold.
The legal provisions that came into force on 1 June 2007 are :
- article L 122-8 of the intellectual property code, resulting from the law of 1 August 2006.
- articles R 122-1 to R 122-11 of the intellectual property code, resulting from the Decree of 9 May 2007.
Sales that meet the following 7 criteria must be declared and paid for under the droit de suite:
1 The author must be a national of a Member State of the European Union or of a State that is part of the European Economic Area. Other authors or their successors in title may nevertheless benefit from droit de suite if the legislation of their State recognises droit de suite for authors from the European Union (principle of reciprocity. See the indicative list of countries) or if the author has participated in French artistic life and has resided for 5 years in France, with the agreement of the Minister of Culture and after the opinion of a commission (assimilation).
2 The author must have been living or deceased for less than 70 years. In the absence of knowledge of the date of the author's death, it is considered that works after 1860 are likely to be subject to droit de suite.
3 Graphic and plastic works such as paintings, collages, paintings, drawings, prints (lithographs, engravings, etc.), including sculptures, tapestries, furniture and movable objects, ceramics, glassware, photographs and plastic creations on audiovisual and digital media are concerned.
4 These works must be original within the meaning of the resale right:
a. works created by the artist himself or herself
b. copies executed in limited quantities, by the artist himself or under his responsibility, i.e. numbered or signed or otherwise duly authorised by the author. These are in particular :
- original prints printed in a limited number from one or more plates
- sculpture editions, within the limit of 12 copies, numbered copies and artist's proofs combined
- hand-made tapestries and works of textile art, based on original models provided by the artist, up to a limit of 8 copies
- enamels entirely executed by hand and bearing the artist's signature, within the limit of 8 numbered copies and 4 artist's proofs,
- signed photographic works, limited to 30 copies,
- plastic creations on audiovisual or digital media up to a limit of 12 copies, ...
5 Any sale, other than the first sale of the work made by the author or his successors in title, during which an art market professional intervenes as seller, buyer or intermediary: sales company, auctioneer, gallery, antique dealer, framer, etc., is subject to this rule.
However, by way of derogation, sales for a price of less than €10,000 made by a seller who acquired the work directly from the author less than three years before the sale are not subject to the tax.
6 The sale must take place in France or be subject to VAT there.
7 The sale price must be greater than or equal to 750 euros.
La Maison des artistes
Founded in 1952 by artists in a spirit of solidarity, La Maison des Artistes is today the largest association of visual artists in France. It fulfils missions of general interest for visual artists, solidarity, professional support, advice and information.
It has also been approved since 1965 by the State to manage the social security of graphic and visual artists.
Since its creation, the essential object of La Maison des Artistes has been solidarity with artists. That is why it has been approved by the State to manage the social security scheme for artists who are authors of graphic and plastic works (interministerial orders of 23 September 1965 and 30 March 1978).
Antique dealers and art galleries, as "distributors of original graphic and plastic works" are subject to declarative and contributory obligations.
Le dispositif de lutte contre le blanchiment
Join the SNA to defend your interests and your profession
Your presence is essential to preserve our antique and gallery business.
Each SNA member benefits from services such as:
- Legal aid
- Tax assistance
- A waiver of the customs bond for temporary imports
- Ongoing information on your profession, on our ongoing actions to defend it, on legislation and the situation of the art market.
- Representation to defend your professional interests as an antique dealer and gallery owner, with the French public authorities and internationally.
- The strength of a grouping of highly qualified merchants and colleagues who work to help each other thanks to a network of more than 5,000 professionals represented at the highest levels of French and European authorities.
- A guarantee of quality and a label of legitimacy for your customers and collectors.
Join us - Click here to download the application form and send it to us by email email@example.com or by post to 4, avenue de Messine, 75008 Paris.
For more information, please contact us by phone at + 33 1 44 51 74 74.
The formalities for admission to the Syndicat National des Antiquaires are governed by article 3 of its statutes:
ARTICLE 3: Conditions for admission of members:
Adherent membership of the Union is open to any natural person, dealing in works of art or collectors' items, furniture, antique or modern paintings, curiosities or related branches, with the exception of dealers whose main activity is carried out in the field of contemporary art, public auction houses and their employees.
Membership is open to natural persons who, both for themselves and as representatives of a legal person, apply for it, provided that:
- the person has had professional responsibilities as a principal occupation in the profession for at least five (5) years and has exercised them honorably;
- that she has not been deprived of her civil rights;
- that it is sponsored by two members of the Union, members for more than five years, not sitting on the Board of Directors and having no family ties with the applicant, at least one of whom is a specialist in his or her field, who must sign the application form and vouch for the applicant's good repute and professional knowledge and skills;
- that she commits herself: • to respect the statutes and the rules of procedure;
• to sign the text of the customs and habits of the profession established by the National Union of Antique Dealers;
• to pay the annual subscription.
The Board of Directors shall decide on the admission of the new member. The Board's decision does not have to be motivated and is not subject to appeal.
Find all the information on the brand new FINE ARTS PARIS & LA Biennale website
Find out about la Biennale's History on the SNA website. An Archive Section with even more details on this historical event is coming soon