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The Syndicat National des Antiquaires, whose members read like a Who’s Who in the French antiques world, held an extraordinary meeting 26 June – and voted to make the Biennale an annual event, effective 2017. Although almost 2/3 of the members voted for the change, a contentious minority, led by Christian Deydier, forced out as president last year, voted against it.

Henri Loyrette, Chairman of the Louvre from 2001-2013, who was named the new president, in charge of the September 2016 Biennale, will certainly have his hands full. And a venue will certainly be on the top of his list. Because of the change to a yearly event, it is unlikely that the fair will be held yearly in the Grand Palais, and because of the number of jewelers now exhibiting, security is likely to be a priority.

Held originally in the Grand Palais in 1962 as a yearly “antiques fair”, the Biennale has seen a number of changes over the years, from the inclusion of jewelers (who now make up a substantial portion of the fair) to the growth of the Modern segment. Last year’s fair reported almost 70,000 visitors, up from a reported 9,000 visitors in 2006.

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