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SHOWS, AUCTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
March 8, 2012  | 
The prestigious BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which has established itself as the UK’s premier national art and antiques fair, will mark its 20th anniversary when it opens to the public in London from 21-27 March 2012. During this time it has grown from strength to strength and proved that antiques are highly regarded by collectors. To celebrate this milestone, the biannual dinner of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, which represents the country’s leading art and antique specialists, will be held at the Fair in the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3.

Throughout its 20-year history, quality and connoisseurship have been the defining characteristics of the BADA Fair. It is fully backed by the BADA, to which all its exhibitors belong and which requires its members to observe a strict code of practice. The Fair is held in a superb location in one of London’s most exclusive areas on the King’s Road just a short walk from Sloane Square and within easy reach of some of the capital’s finest hotels, shops and restaurants.

At the 2012 Fair more than 100 exhibitors will offer for sale an unrivalled range of top quality furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery, ceramics, glass, clocks, textiles and other works of art. Godson & Coles will be exhibiting a rare pair of Regency period carved, bronzed and gilt window seats, 1810, after a design by Thomas Hope as well as a fine pair of George III period giltwood pier mirrors, 1765. Frank Partridge will be bringing an important pair of George III carved giltwood armchairs in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, circa 1765 while Anthony Woodburn will be showing a William III walnut and marquetry longcase clock, circa 1700, by Jonathan Lowndes. Holly Johnson Antiques, who specialises in 'signed and designed' items of 19th and 20th century furniture, will show furniture by Piero Fornasetti and the Memphis group. Sandra Cronan will also be showing a beautiful Devant de corsage with intricate pierced platinum work, set with sapphires and diamonds by Theodore Starr, circa 1905, and a pair of Art Deco carved ruby and diamond dress clips mounted in platinum, circa 1930.

This years Loan Exhibition, Pomp, Pageantry & Protection, features a selection of 16th, 17th & 18th century ceremonial polearms from the personal bodyguards of the Royal houses of Europe, and is sponsored by Charles Stanley and CBC UK Limited. It is the world’s foremost private collection of etched and gilded hafted weapons, assembled over the last 45 years and has never been exhibited before. This collection represents some of the finest design by artists of the royal courts during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, as well as a representation of some of the most illustrious rulers of the period. On show will be items from the Courts of France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, Bohemia (Czechoslovakia), Hungary and the Republican Netherlands. There will also be a talk on these rare pieces during the Fair.

There will be a Charity Gala Dinner on Thursday 22 March in the Cellini Restaurant hosted by HITS, Head Injury Through Sport. HITS was recently set up by BADA participant Sandra Cronan, along with the former model Greta Morrison and the wealthy socialite and friend of Royalty Francesca Schwarzenbach, all of whom are involved in the world of Polo, to raise much needed funds for The National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery. During the black tie charity dinner there will be a raffle and auction with prizes from Relais & Chateaux amongst others.

The Cellini Restaurant, within the BADA Fair, together with The Duke of York Brasserie and the Taittinger Champagne Bar, provide visitors with first class catering. Taittinger, renowned for the elegance, delicacy and finesse of their champagnes, are one of the few remaining family-owned champagne houses.

Vetting:
Visitors to the Fair can buy with confidence, knowing that every item for sale has been carefully vetted for quality and authenticity by a specialist Vetting Committee whose sole purpose is to maintain the high standards of the British Antiques Dealers’ Association.