SHOWS, AUCTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair September 19-23
First staged in 2009, The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair Berkeley Square has quickly earned its reputation as one of the UK’s most important art and antiques fairs. The fourth annual edition, from Wednesday 19th to Sunday 23rd September 2012 in the heart of Mayfair, takes place during London’s busy design season and is the first major antiques Fair of the Autumn. It takes place as London Fashion Week draws to a close, and during the London Design Festival.
The six-day event attracts more than 15,000 local and international visitors, connoisseurs of fine art and design, and in the main an audience that does not visit any other antiques or art Fair in London. Around 95 of the UK’s top art and antiques dealers (there were 87 stands in 2011), alongside a select few European specialists, will exhibit for sale sophisticated and stylish works of art from the ancient to the contemporary. All exhibitors are members of LAPADA or LAPADA Modern, the UK’s largest trade association for professional art and antiques dealers.
The appeal of the LAPADA Fair lies in its excitingly diverse array of fine art and exceptional objects of all periods, at a wide price range from under £500 to over £500,000, making it an event accessible to those venturing in to buying fine works of art for the first time, as well as serious collectors. Mindful of the local audience, international local residents and particularly wealthy business types (the area is saturated with hedge funds, property developers and international banks), the Fair tries to ensure a good selection of objects and works of art to suit.
This year a new exhibitor is specialist vintage watch dealer Anthony Green, and clocks, which have done well at past fairs, are represented by new exhibitors Montpellier Clocks with mainly traditional early English timepieces and Jillings Antiques with a wide range of Continental clocks, as well as Richard Price & Associates. Art Air at Hatchwell Antiques again bring unusual aeronautica, and Wick Antiques bring a wide selection of marine-related items.
In 2012 the range of modern and contemporary art is strengthened considerably with the addition of exhibitors including: John Adams Fine Art (new), Babbington Fine Art, Linda Blackstone, Lucy B. Campbell (new), Bernard Chauchet (new), Jonathan Cooper/ Park Walk Gallery (new), Gilden’s Art Gallery (new), Gray Modern & Contemporary Art (new), Rebecca Hossack Gallery (new), The Hunt Gallery, Long & Ryle (new), The Rae-Smith Gallery (new) and Rowntree Clark (new).
Jewellery is another important sector at the LAPADA Fair, represented by some 15% of exhibitors, and has always sold well. New this year is Lucas Rarities Ltd with fine period jewellery and objets d’art of the 20th century, George Pragnell The Jeweller with fine antique and contemporary pieces and Jose Baptista of Lisbon with fine Continental antique jewellery and silver. The Fair is also delighted to welcome back Didier Ltd with their unusual focus on artist-designed jewels of the post-war period.
Other exhibitors new to the 2012 Fair include: ~ Barnes & Co (Paris) with items of natural history & collectors curiosities ~ Beedham Antiques (Berkshire) with period oak furniture and related works of art ~ The Cannon Gallery (Cambridgeshire) with 19th & 20th century English & European paintings ~ Cardinale Collection (Paris) paintings, watercolours & drawings, sculpture & photography ~ Sarah Colegrave (London) with traditional and affordable pictures ~ I.Franks of the London Silver Vaults with fine antique and 20th century silver ~ Michael Lipitch (London) with 18th century furniture and works of art ~ Guy Peppiatt Fine Art (London) with 18th & 19th century British watercolours & drawings ~ Piergabriele Vangelli de Cresci (London) with Continental furniture and works of art ~ Theo Johns Fine Art Ltd (London) with fine Old Masters, C19th & Modern Masters and ~ Ian Irving (USA) with antique silver who are both sharing a stand with Rowntree Clark.
Exhibitors offer fine English and Continental furniture, modern and contemporary art, Old Master paintings and drawings, rare and fine jewellery, English silver, sculpture and specialities such as antique clocks, vintage wristwatches, marine art, aeronautica, rugs and textiles, ceramics, porcelain and glass.
All items for sale are examined and vetted to ensure authenticity as well as quality, providing peace of mind for customers. LAPADA members work to a strict consumer Code of Practice.
A LAPADA Fair App is available for iPhone 4+, which this year will include a new LAPADA Mayfair Galleries App locating all 59 members of LAPADA in the area, many of whom will be featuring events and exhibition openings to coincide with the Fair. Fair Web Preview: Online from Monday 10th September at www.lapadalondon.com.