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French association of antiques dealers sacks its president

Christian Deydier says a rift among members prompted his dismissal

Two former presidents: Christian Deydier, who was sacked from his post at the SNA, with Jacques Chirac (left)

Christian Deydier, the former president of the association of antiques dealers in France (Syndicat National des Antiquaires board; SNA), says that a rift among members about the frequency of the Biennale des Antiquaires fair prompted his dismissal from the organisation last week.

The 27th edition of the prestigious biennial, which is organised by the SNA, is due to open at Paris's Grand Palais in the autumn (11-21 September). "There is a power struggle [in the SNA] between two groups: one that wants the biennial to take place annually and another that wants it to stay as a biennial event," Deydier tells The Art Newspaper.

"The rebel faction [subsequently] wants to change the statutes of the SNA, but it should have formally fielded a request," he adds. Deydier says that he proposed modifying the statutes because of the "tense" climate within the association.

According to our sister paper, Le Journal des Arts, the SNA issued a press statement to its members saying that "financial and contractual agreements were made unilaterally by the president [Deydier] without the board's knowledge... information related to decisions which must usually be approved by the council was blocked." The ceramics specialist Jean-Gabriel Peyre has been nominated as the interim president.

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7 Jul 14
18:56 CET


You don't give us Deydier's position. Was he the one advocating for an annual fair?

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