LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2014, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London, W1, 24th September – 28th September 2014
This is the sixth edition of the fair in its prime central location and it has very much become a place for collectors from around the world to come and buy some of the many fine pieces of furniture, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art that are on offer. All works are vetted by an expert committee before being displayed.
Among newcomers to the fair is Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd who will be showing the Cesare Maccari Collection of Chinese Watercolours. Their subject matter is natural history and biology and they were originally commissioned by an officer in the British East India Company and were aimed for the growing European interest in such subjects in the 19th century.
As my regular followers know leading furniture dealers Butchoff Antiques are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and at the show they are exhibiting the winning piece of their 50th Anniversary Design Competition. Called‘E-Scritoire’, it is a small writing cabinet or portable laptop table and was designed by Giulia Liverani and combines both elegance and utility well as these images show.
The Italian textile company Dedar has collaborated with Butchoff to use their textiles to upholster period furniture such as the pair of French Régence style armchairs which have been upholstered in the Turkish inspired fabric Bukara. Seems a great way forward to me.
The Fair’s charity party will benefit The National Osteoporosis Society.