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Designers Julia Panama and Rose Uniacke Choose Pieces at the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
February 10, 2013  | 


Julia Panama, who designs interiors for clients around the world Julia Panama, the former model and Hollywood producer, who is now an interior designer with an international clientele, recently bought an apartment overlooking Venice’s Grand Canal which, she says, is “in need of total renovation”. The purchase of this property in a superb location was a direct result of her passion for antiques. “Last year I fell hopelessly in love with and instantly purchased an exquisite 19th century Aubusson carpet,” she explains. “The rug in question measures eight metres square, far bigger than any of the rooms in my Paris apartment. After considerable reflection and several moments of sheer panic, I realized that the only reasonable solution was to purchase an apartment to fit my carpet!” Julia will be visiting the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which will be held in the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3 from 13 – 19 March 2013, and has been invited to select in advance three pieces which would look perfect in her Venetian apartment once it has been renovated.

“It is with this new home in mind that I have made the following selection from this year’s BADA Fair,” says Julia, who was the first cover girl for the UK edition of Cosmopolitan magazine and featured in numerous films and television programmes. Ironically she was offered her first part - in a film about London - as she walked down the King’s Road directly opposite the square where the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair is held in a temporary pavilion each year. She then moved to Los Angeles where she became a copywriter and later an editor and producer in the movie industry, before returning to Europe to set up her Paris-based interior design consultancy.

“Top of my ‘wish list’ must be the Hackwood House Bookcase,” says Julia. “This important George III architectural library is attributed to the architect John Vardy , whose most prominent surviving work is no less than Spencer House in London . He was a faithful disciple of William Kent , with whom he worked closely , drawing up the plans for the Great Hall at Hampton Court. This handsome piece with its strong Palladian silhouette would give any room an instant chic. I love the graceful pediment with its floral garland and acanthus leaf scrolls , carving attributed to Thomas Vardy , brother of John. It has a casual elegance that easily blends with pieces from other periods.” The Hackwood House Bookcase will be exhibited at the BADA Fair by the London dealers Godson & Coles.

“Another definite choice for my Venetian apartment would be Samuel Prout’s The Molo and the Doge’s Palace, a watercolour dating from 1783,” says Julia. “My loveaffair with watercolours began when I was still a child , as Sir Hugh Casson, a great watercolourist as well as a brilliant architect and interior designer, was my father’s cousin ……and we always had his charming cards and books around the house. This beautifully crafted watercolour , expertly enhanced with delicate colour, captures both the grandeur and the mystique of Venice. This is the romantic oriental Venice that I adore!” The Molo and the Doge’s Palace, Venice by Samuel Prout will be exhibited at the BADA Fair by Maurice Edward Dear of Southampton.

“My final selection would be a Regency bronzed and parcel gilt Bergère made in England about 1800-10, “ says Julia. “ I always like to place one striking chair in a room ……..the sort of unusual chair that you just can’t resist sitting in because it is so special ……….and this is one of those. The carved female caryatids , with their wonderful breastplates are just over the top Regency ………and I always adore furniture with animal legs , because it is just so fun ! .” The Bergère will be exhibited at the BADA Fair by Thomas Coulborn & Sons of Sutton Coldield.


Rose Uniacke has established a reputation as a leading antique dealer, furniture designer and interior designer. Her striking premises, part shop and part design studio, in Pimlico Road, London SW1, just a short distance from where the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair will take place from 13 – 19 March 2013, reflect her quest for simple, paired down elegance. Rose is known for combining unusual and beautiful antiques in a modern contemporary way, seeking out original pieces from across Europe. She plans to visit the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which will be held in the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3 , and has been invited to select in advance three pieces which reflect her style.

“I have chosen pieces that would work well within my interiors,” says Rose, who is known for her ability to source fine, interesting antiques from the 18th to the mid-20th centuries. “I like to create a focus in each room so that one feels drawn in.”

The first piece selected by Rose, who began her career as a furniture restorer, gilder and specialist in paint and lacquer, is a rare George II period painted and carved side table with an original marble top. This English piece, dating from c1730, will be exhibited by Godson & Coles of London at the BADA Fair. It is a boldly carved, impressive table that has many of the characteristics of the work of William Kent, the eminent early 18th century English architect and furniture designer. In particular the carving of the frieze and legs is remarkably similar to a side table designed by Kent for Houghton Hall in Norfolk about 1730. It is a classic piece of English furniture which would look magnificent in a traditional English house.

Rose’s second choice is another superb example of 18th century English furniture to be exhibited at the BADA Fair by Mackinnon Fine Furniture of London. This pair of George III neo-classical giltwood shield back armchairs in the manner of Thomas Sheraton have been recently re-upholstered in silver grey silk. They have been expertly carved with great finesse and have a natural elegance.

Her final selection is a pair of silver and blue glass frames made by The Goldsmith &  Silversmith Company of London in 1899 which will be exhibited at the BADA Fair by Smith & Robinson of London. These 13ins high late Victorian frames are in their original condition and are the perfect way to display photographs stylishly. 

The BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair is internationally renowned and is the only fair exclusive to members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, representing the UK’s leading specialists. The 21st Fair will take place from 13-19 March 2013. This not-for-profit event was the first of its kind to be housed in a purpose-built pavilion in the superb location of the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London. 

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.

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