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The Fine Art Trade Guild
is an organisation representing the fine art
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and framing industry. Based in London
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, the Guild
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operates primarily in the United Kingdom
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, also in a smaller capacity in New Zealand
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The first fine art trade association or guild was the Printsellers' Association
, founded in 1847. The Fine Art Trade Guild was founded in 1910 and represents members as well as assuming the purpose of its predecessor in trying to "preserve the integrity of the limited edition print". More recently Colin Ruffell
was elected as Master of the guild in 2008.
The Guild's membership comprises mainly galleries and framers, but it also represents artists. The organisation also acts as a regulatory body and has established ethics and operative standards for its members, as well as providing information for customers who buy art or framing services.