THE LAPADA FAIR 2017

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1, 15th-20th September 2017

Once again Mayfair’s Berkeley Square plays host to the LAPADA Fair – can you believe it’s their ninth year there, time really does go by quickly?

Among the 110 plus participants at the fair bringing a tempting mixture of art and antiques from all periods is Mackinnon Fine Furniture and I thought you would be interested to see this pair of George II chairs known as the Newhailes House Armchairs which they are showing at the Fair. Dating from c1750-55 their mahogany frames are beautifully carved and pierced and have Chinoiserie stretchers. They are upholstered in their original signed Aubusson tapestry covers.

The chairs, originally a set of four, were acquired by the first Lord Hailes at a sale of the contents of his aunt’s house in Greek Street and remained at Newhailes House until c1928. They were in various American collections, including the Walter P Chrysler Collection.

Slightly earlier in date are these very important George II mahogany armchairs of c1745 which come from Warwick Castle and were part of suite acquired in the 18th century for the castle and where some can still be seen in the Cedar Drawing Room. They are upholstered in early 18th century Genoese silk velvet.

Whoever buys these chairs is going to be very lucky and have many years pleasure in owning them.

 

www.mackinnonfineart.com

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The 2017 Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, supported by Wetherell and NFU Mutual Godalming, Westminster Ballroom, London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1, 5th – 8thJanuary 2017

Rare French Empire ormolu mantle timepiece of chariot form with white enamel dial forming the wheel, surmounted by Amour being pulled by two dogs, c1810, from Richard Price.

Rare French Empire ormolu mantle timepiece of chariot form with white enamel dial forming the wheel, surmounted by Amour being pulled by two dogs, c1810,
from Richard Price.

I always enjoy both writing about and visiting this fair as it makes a great way of starting a new year.  There is a tempting mixture of paintings, watercolours, silver, jewellery, sculpture, clocks and watches, glass, ceramics, rugs and 20th century design to be seen and purchased.

Allium flower hand-forged galvanised steel with blown glass, 2.5m or 3.2m, from QEST scholar Jenny Pickford,

Allium flower
hand-forged galvanised steel with blown glass, 2.5m or 3.2m,
from QEST scholar Jenny Pickford,

This year the fair will also be showing the skills and works of craft scholars from QEST (The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust). So you may well be digging deep into your pockets!

Egyptian Amulet of Bes, 2cm long x 1.9cm wide, Ptolemaic period, 332–30 BC, from Ancient & Oriental

Egyptian Amulet of Bes,
2cm long x 1.9cm wide, Ptolemaic period, 332–30 BC,
from Ancient & Oriental

 

Spanish, Andalusian School, early 19th century Spanish Guerilla Encampment, Peninsular War oil on panel 23½" x 31½" Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and indistinctly signed G.... ? on a rock lower centre. Indistinctly inscribed in Spanish on an envelope lower centre, the last word possibly being "Linares". Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and gilded frame, from Atelier

Spanish, Andalusian School, early 19th century
Spanish Guerilla Encampment, Peninsular War
oil on panel
23½” x 31½”
Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and indistinctly signed G…. ? on a rock lower centre.
Indistinctly inscribed in Spanish on an envelope lower centre, the last word possibly being “Linares”.
Original Spanish, early 19th century, carved and gilded frame,
from Atelier

 

Gilt decorated amethyst decanter with matching stopper, Russian, c1790, from Fileman Antiques

Gilt decorated amethyst decanter with matching stopper,
Russian, c1790,
from Fileman Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Harcourt Tiara, 18ct yellow gold and platinum tiara entirely set with fine white diamonds, c1900, from The Gilded Lily

The Harcourt Tiara,
18ct yellow gold and platinum tiara entirely set with fine white diamonds, c1900,
from The Gilded Lily

 

Mid 19th century walnut stool with tapestry top on raised cabriole legs, c1860, from S&S Timms Antiques

Mid 19th century walnut stool with tapestry top on raised cabriole legs, c1860,
from S&S Timms Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lincs sycamore and acrylic colours, 7'' high x4''x4'' from QEST scholar Joey Richardson

Lincs
sycamore and acrylic colours, 7” high x4”x4”
from QEST scholar Joey Richardson

 

View from the Dining Room by Susan Ryder RP NEAC oil on canvas signed 30" x 36" from Manya Igel Fine Arts

View from the Dining Room by Susan Ryder RP NEAC
oil on canvas
signed
30″ x 36″
from Manya Igel Fine Arts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temple Guardians, signed E Bouret bronze and ebonised wood, 39cm high, dated 1871 from Hickmet Fine Arts

Temple Guardians, signed E Bouret
bronze and ebonised wood, 39cm high, dated 1871 from Hickmet Fine Arts

 

A rare George III silver drum tea caddy by Andrew Fogelberg, made in London in 1773, 4.5" x 4" diameter (base), 13oz, from Mary Cooke Antiques

A rare George III silver drum tea caddy by Andrew Fogelberg, made in London in 1773,
4.5″ x 4″ diameter (base), 13oz,
from Mary Cooke Antiques

 

 

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A Celebration of Tea Drinking

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2016, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1, 13th – 18th September 2016

Famille Verte Teapot China, Kangxi period, ca.1690

Famille Verte Teapot
China, Kangxi period, ca.1690

Now in its eighth year this popular fair is the place to find fine pieces from across all disciplines. It is therefore appropriate that this year there is a select group of highlights from the Chitra Collection which celebrates tea over the centuries through the vessels and other paraphernalia involved in its drinking and preparation.

Tea Caddy, boîte à thé Sèvres, Louis-Jean Thévenet (painter) France, c. 1765

Tea Caddy, boîte à thé
Sèvres, Louis-Jean Thévenet (painter)
France, c. 1765

This is the first time pieces from the collection have been shown in the UK and its curator Olivia Fryman has selected items that reflect the long history of this beverage. Starting with the beginnings of the tea story in China and Japan, we then pass on to the growing interest and consumption of it in Europe (Catherine of Braganza, Charles II’s wife, introduced tea to this country) in the 17th and 18th centuries and then go on to see how it played an important role in the story of the British Empire. The last piece of this story looks at the global interest, especially in Russia and America, and how tea became a part of everyday life for many.

Copper Gilt Mounted Chinese Porcelain Teapot China and Germany, Kangxi period (1654 - 1722), mounts ca.1680

Copper Gilt Mounted Chinese Porcelain Teapot
China and Germany, Kangxi period (1654 – 1722), mounts ca.1680

The collection has been put together by the London-based businessman Nirmal Kumar Sethia, who says “The Chitra Collection will continue to inspire generations of tea lovers long after I’m gone. It is my wish that, for centuries to come, the world will be able to appreciate and experience the beauty and significance of tea, art and culture”. His interest has continued since he first started working as an apprentice tea buyer in London, aged 14. He started the luxury tea company Newby Teas in 2000.

Cup and saucer Meissen, J. G. Höroldt (painter) Germany, c. 1722-3

Cup and saucer
Meissen, J. G. Höroldt (painter)
Germany, c. 1722-3

There are in excess of 1700 tea-related objects in the collection which was named in memory of his late wife and I think you may agree from the selection illustrated here that it is a fascinating subject.

Teapot Royal Worcester, George Owen and Samuel Ranford England, 1878

Teapot
Royal Worcester, George Owen and Samuel Ranford
England, 1878

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Silver kettle and stand Paul de Lamerie England, 1751

Silver kettle and stand
Paul de Lamerie
England, 1751

Olympia Summer Fair 2016

The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London W14, 27th June – 3rd July 2016

Opening Day, June 2015

Opening Day, June 2015

This Fair certainly has staying power as it is in its 44th year and continues to draw visitors in from home and abroad to see what the hundred and sixty participating dealers have to offer for their collections and homes.

Wakelin & Linfield An unusually large late 19th century two plank Spanish table in walnut with carved decoration to the legs and original ironwork supports to the base. L144” x W39” x H30.25” In the region of £25000 Provenance: Orson Welles

Wakelin & Linfield
An unusually large late 19th century two plank Spanish table in walnut with carved decoration to the legs and original ironwork supports to the base.
L144” x W39” x H30.25”
In the region of £25000
Provenance: Orson Welles

The Fair’s Director, Mary Claire Boyd sums it up: “The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia is London’s original, quintessential art and antiques fair. Over four decades since the event was founded, we continue to pride ourselves on offering a wider choice of high quality, vetted art, antiques, furniture and collectibles than any other event in the capital.”

Art Ancient Large piece of Roman glass work, reflecting the heights achieved in glassblowing in the 1st-2nd Centuries AD

Art Ancient
Large piece of Roman glass work, reflecting the heights achieved in glassblowing in the 1st-2nd Centuries AD

Among new “features” is Showcase which highlights five specially chosen galleries and dealers – Simon Pirzada (ceramics), The Parker Gallery (Fine Art), Adam Gahlin Fine Art (Modern paintings, drawings and prints), Adam Bentley (Contemporary Art) and Store Street Gallery ((Contemporary Art).

Albermarle Gallery. SOFA LONDON Rado Kirov Monolith mirrored stainless steel 227 x 30 x 110 cm (89 x 12 x 43 in)

Albermarle Gallery. SOFA LONDON
Rado Kirov
Monolith
mirrored stainless steel
227 x 30 x 110 cm (89 x 12 x 43 in)

The well-known SOFA CHICAGO – a Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design Fair (SOFA) will have a European version at this Fair as Mary Claire Boyd, explains“We are very excited to introduce SOFA LONDON as part of The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia for the very first time this June. SOFA is widely known in the US for its international dealers selling one-of- a-kind masterpieces. Here in London we have an elite selection of dealers who will be showcasing original works from different artists and makers using a variety of mediums. For sale will be works of art including ceramics, metal work, photography, glass works, textiles, furniture and sculptures that appear more contemporary and cutting edge than other pieces in the fair, but yet will also stand the test of time. SOFA CHICAGO attracts over 35,000 people but for those who aren’t able to cross the pond to attend we’re delighted to offer this opportunity within the UK.”

Opening Day, June 2015

Opening Day, June 2015

According to recent research there is a resurgence in the demand for antiques and again I will share Mary Claire Boyd’s observations on this: “The world of antiques can be intimidating at first glance but this research shows that there is a real thirst for antiques. They are appreciated for the qualities they can bring to people’s homes– particularly amongst the younger generation who are frustrated with spending money on furnishings that only last a few years. 

Galerie Arabesque Three-legged ottoman inlaid table. Provenance: estate of Eduard Starke-Pascha, Berlin-Constantinople

Galerie Arabesque
Three-legged ottoman inlaid table.
Provenance: estate of Eduard Starke-Pascha, Berlin-Constantinople

“While people see great benefits of purchasing antiques often they don’t realise the options and scope available to them – and the affordability.  Antiques are unique, often come with a fascinating story – and add individuality to your home.  They can also be combined very effectively with contemporary art and furniture.”

Gilden’s Art Gallery JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983 Sun Eater | Mangeur de Soleil, 1955 Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Paper Paper size: 76.2 x 56.5 cm. / 30 x 22.3 in.

Gilden’s Art Gallery
JOAN MIRÓ 1893-1983
Sun Eater | Mangeur de Soleil, 1955
Original Hand Signed and Numbered Lithograph in Colours on Arches Paper
Paper size: 76.2 x 56.5 cm. / 30 x 22.3 in.

Very true indeed as many leading interior decorators would no doubt concur.

Tribal Gathering London Mende helmet mask ' Sowei'. Sande society. Sierra Leone

Tribal Gathering London
Mende helmet mask ‘ Sowei’. Sande society. Sierra Leone

 

Manning Fine Art “Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, printed in 1939

Manning Fine Art
“Keep Calm and Carry On” poster, printed in 1939

 

Kate Thurlow Louis XIV upholstered oak armchair, circa 1700 Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Yves St Laurent.

Kate Thurlow
Louis XIV upholstered oak armchair, circa 1700
Provenance: Formerly in the collection of Yves St Laurent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don Kelly Books, June 2015

Don Kelly Books, June 2015

 

 

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The Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London W1, 7th – 10th January 2016

Merriment by Charles Désiré Hue (1825-1883), oil on canvas, French, 35½" x 27", signed and dated 1869, Cambridge Fine Art

Merriment by Charles Désiré Hue (1825-1883), oil on canvas, French, 35½” x 27″, signed and dated 1869,
Cambridge Fine Art

Now in its fourth year, this pleasing fair organised in association with Mayfair property specialist Wetherell, attracts some forty dealers who belong to either BADA (British Antique Dealers’ Association) or LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers).

Rare Spode porcelain blue gilt decorated pineapple stand, 4½" high x 9½" diameter, c1815, Carolyn Stoddart-Scott

Rare Spode porcelain blue gilt decorated pineapple stand, 4½” high x 9½” diameter, c1815,
Carolyn Stoddart-Scott

There is an interesting mix of periods and styles on offer which goes a long way to explain why this is a popular destination for collectors and interior decorators.  Definitely a good way to start off the New Year.

Victoire an early 20th century Art Deco hand frosted glass car mascot by René Lalique, fashioned as the Spirit of the Wind, the most iconic of all René Lalique’s car mascots introduced on 18 April 1928, signed, 16cm high x 25cm long, c1930, Hickmet Fine Arts

Victoire an early 20th century Art Deco hand frosted glass car mascot by René Lalique, fashioned as the Spirit of the Wind, the most iconic of all René Lalique’s car mascots introduced on 18 April 1928, signed, 16cm high x 25cm long, c1930,
Hickmet Fine Arts

 

Rare red cross ring in 18ct gold and platinum, pavé set with twelve 0.5 carat diamonds and the red cross made up of five Burmese rubies, c1915, T Robert

Rare red cross ring in 18ct gold and platinum, pavé set with twelve 0.5 carat diamonds and the red cross made up of five Burmese rubies, c1915,
T Robert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bokhara Suzani embroidery, made as a dowry gift, Central Asia, 2.15m x 1.63m, c1850, Aaron Nejad Antique Carpets

Bokhara Suzani embroidery, made as a dowry gift, Central Asia, 2.15m x 1.63m, c1850,
Aaron Nejad Antique Carpets

 

Late Regency period satinwood Davenport desk with original pierced gallery on well carved legs, with a secret drawer and side slide, c1825, £ Walton House Antiques

Late Regency period satinwood Davenport desk with original pierced gallery on well carved legs, with a secret drawer and side slide, c1825, £
Walton House Antiques

 

 

 

 

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Winter Olympia 2015

Winter Olympia Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia Exhibition Centre, London W14, 2nd-8th November 2015

László Lukácsi: Jewel fan, layered sheet glass and mirrors, glued, polished and acid etched, 2014; 25 x 13 cm. Prisma Gallery

László Lukácsi: Jewel fan,
layered sheet glass and mirrors, glued, polished and acid etched, 2014; 25 x 13 cm.
Prisma Gallery

This year’s fair opens slightly ahead of Asian Art in London but there is still some overlap.  The fair’s events programme is quite lively with a variety of talks (some of which are in conjunction with the V&A) including among the subjects Art Deco travel, historic wallpapers, Chinese sculpture, Pre-Raphaelite Drawings and the BBC Roadshow expert Alastair Dickenson will show how to identify the authenticity of a piece of silver.  In addition the art consultant Vanessa Curry will conduct highlight tours round the fair. As always all objects are vetted by experts before the fair so you can buy with confidence.  Good hunting!

Silver plated teapot with ebony handle, designed by Dr Christopher Dresser for James Dixon & Son, Sheffield. c1880. James Strang

Silver plated teapot with ebony handle, designed by Dr Christopher Dresser for James Dixon & Son, Sheffield. c1880.
James Strang

http://www.olympia-antiques.com

Burmantofts Persian pottery gourd vase designed by Leonard King, c1885, British. James Miles

Burmantofts Persian pottery gourd vase designed by Leonard King, c1885, British.
James Miles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A pair of Art Deco cloud back armchairs. Jerone Markies

A pair of Art Deco cloud back armchairs.
Jerone Markies

 

La Bievre près du Paris by MAXIMILIEN LUCE (1858 - 1941) Oil on canvas, signed and painted c.1890. Frame size: 22 x 25in / 57 x 64cm. Willow Gallery

La Bievre près du Paris by MAXIMILIEN LUCE (1858 – 1941)
Oil on canvas, signed and painted c.1890. Frame size: 22 x 25in / 57 x 64cm.
Willow Gallery

 

A Regency Celestrial Globe by Cary,London, 1820. Hansord

A Regency Celestrial Globe by Cary,London, 1820.
Hansord

 

1970's ring by Paul Flato Anthea AG Antiques

1970’s ring by Paul Flato
Anthea AG Antiques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aquarium table cigarette lighter by Alfred Dunhill, C 1950. Hampton Antiques

Aquarium table cigarette lighter by Alfred Dunhill, C 1950.
Hampton Antiques

 

A GENTLE REMINDER

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10, 9th – 11th October 2015,

Dame Laura Knight Giselle 1956 Kaye Michie Fine Art

Dame Laura Knight
Giselle 1956
Kaye Michie Fine Art

This is the eighth edition of this fair which attracts thirty specialist dealers many of which are BADA or LAPADA members.  There is a mixture of traditional, contemporary and unusual pieces on offer.

http://www.esherhallfair.com