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BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair
February 27, 2013  | 

A magnificent range of works from classic antique furniture to extraordinary modern pieces will go on show when the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair opens its doors to collectors from around the world at The Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3, from 13 – 19 March 2013. The Fair is the only internationally renowned event exclusive to members of the British Antique Dealers’ Association, representing the UK’s leading specialists, and as such has built an unrivalled reputation for quality. This year the Fair, which is held in a superb location in one of London’s most fashionable districts, marks its 21st birthday, and its exhibitors will be bringing their best pieces to put on display. There will also be a unique loan exhibition of rarely seen works by the great English watercolourist William Payne.

Jonathan Cooper will bring a vibrant study of a Macaw by Elizabeth Butterworth whose onthological knowledge and striking attention to detail lead her to be described in 1993 by the art historian and critic Ian Dunlop as "without rival this century".  Godson & Coles will exhibit a Regency period japanned sofa table (English, circa 1820), which has ornate oriental scenes based on the engravings of William Alexander, the first Western artist allowed to travel and sketch in the interior of China. These two tables, separated by centuries, nationality and by many artistic movements, share a rarity and beauty that earns them both a place under the canopies of the BADA Fair.

Paintings are similarly varied this year: portraits include Portrait of a Derbyshire Lady in costume, (c. 1760) by Joseph Wright of Derby (1734-1797), exhibited by Thomas Coulborn & Sons, and Portrait with Pears, (1944) by London’s own Michael Ayrton (1921-1975), displayed on the Strachan Fine Art stand. The aristocratic opulence and Rococo style of the former makes for a striking contrast with the wartime austerity and solid, sculptural style of the latter. Sylvia Powell will bring a selection of ceramics by Picasso, while jewellery from all corners of the world will be available at Sandra Cronan’s stand.

A unique loan exhibition of rarely seen works by the influential English watercolourist William Payne will go on show at the BADA Fair. All the paintings in the exhibition, entitled William Payne (1760 – 1830): Topographer and Artist of the Picturesque, will be lent by four private collectors and have rarely been seen in public. The show, curated by the expert and Fair exhibitor John Spink, will display scenes of Devon, Cornwall and South Wales painted by Payne in the late 18th century alongside contemporary photographs of the same places. The exhibition, sponsored by the insurance brokers CBC UK, will provide both a fascinating historical record and a long overdue tribute to an artist who played an important part in the development of British watercolour painting.

This year’s Charity Gala Dinner on 14 March in the Cellini Restaurant will be hosted by UCARE, an Oxford-based charity founded in 2007 by consultants, doctors, nurses, and patients. By supporting scientists and medical practitioners who are undertaking research of international significance, UCARE’s vision is to improve the outcome of treatment for urological cancers. Since its inception, BADA Fair has helped to raise nearly £20 million pounds for charity and it is delighted to be supporting UCARE this year.

The Cellini Restaurant and The Duke of York Brasserie will be providing food and refreshments and the world-renowned and family-owned champagne house Taittinger will once again be the Fair’s champagne sponsors.

For more information:
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Charity Gala tickets:
UCARE UCARE (Urology Cancer Research and Education) Churchill Hospital, Old Road,
Tel: +44 1865 767777