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Art Antiques London Second Annual Fair Offers Superlative Works Of Art From the Ancient to Contemporary
May 17, 2011  | 

Seventy- two top art and antiques dealers from around the world will again exhibit at Art Antiques London for its second run, June 8-15 in the historic site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in Kensington Gardens. The Fair which incorporates renowned International Ceramics Fair and Seminar opened in June 2010 to wide acclaim, winning praise, in particular, for its central location, light and airy atmosphere and stylish presentation.  This year marks the 30th anniversary of Haughton International Fairs which began in London with the International Ceramics Fair and Seminar in 1982.  An important fixture in the London ‘Summer Season’, The Ceramics Fair was the launch pad for the Haughton’s international Fairs which have consistently taken their place at the very top of the trade.   The Fairs are world renowned for their presentation, exacting standards, and for a seamless integration of the worlds of commerce and academia.

At the inaugural Fair sales were strong and the total visitor figure of 14,500 gave a visitor ratio of 230 visitors per stand, the highest of any of the June Fairs.  The Fair’s undoubted success has attracted keen interest from both the UK and abroad. Brian Haughton comments that ‘We were delighted with the launch of Art Antiques London last year.. the aspects of the Fair that people most enjoyed were its size,  location and  its wide  range of objects.  The 2011 fair has built on the successes of last year’s fair by adding exciting new dealers and collecting areas.  Our expanded lecture program and partnerships will further enhance the experience for collectors, curators and dealers.”

Art Antiques London has been very successful in recruiting exhibitors from Europe, UK and the U.S.   We welcome this distinguished group of dealer specialists to the fair this year:
Abbott & Holder, Ltd.
Anita Gray
Brian Rolleston Ltd.
Erik Thomsen
Esch Kunsthandel
Granocchia Fine Art
Guest & Gray
Heirloom & Howard
JAN Fine Art
J Roger Antiques
Kaye Michie
Liliane Fredericks
Lucas Rarities
Mark Mitchell
Martin du Louvre
Millington Adam
Michael Goedhuis
Peter Cameron
Ted Few
Tai Gallery
The Silver Fund
Timothy Millet

Among the Fair Highlights
Exhibitor Holly Johnson Antiques from the UK, will be offering two important pieces of furniture by Gillows, the Lancaster furniture company founded circa 1730. Gillows is considered one of the most important English Furniture companies, known for producing the finest quality furniture with great attention to construction and use of the finest veneers.   Gillows developed an elegant and restrained style of their own at the end of the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century. Holly Johnson will be bringing an important pair of Card Tables by Gillows of Lancaster. Veneered in Gonzalo Alves on mahogany base.  Stamped Gillows of Lancaster, Circa 1820.  Holly Johnson will also be exhibiting a Rare Rosewood Bookcase by Gillows, England, circa 1830 stamped GILLOWS OF LANCASTER.

Jane Kahan Gallery of New York will be showing a stunning Aubusson tapestry by ROMARE BEARDEN "Recollection Pond" 1974 61 x 79 1/2 inches (155 x 202 cm) Recollection Pond was created in collaboration with Gloria Ross Tapestries, Inc., and was one of dozens of Ross' collaborations with artists. York College’s tapestry is the fourth of an edition of seven (plus one artist's proof) woven by Gloria F. Ross. Mount Holyoke College Art Museum (#2) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (#7) are among the owners of the tapestries. The Recollection Pond tapestry on display at the World Trade Center (#3) was destroyed on September 11, 2001.   In 2004-05, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held an exhibition of Bearden's work that featured his collage of Harlem street life and Recollection Pond, together with some early studies.

Guy Peppiatt Fine Art, London, a specialist in 18th and 19th century British watercolours and drawings, will be showing a rare and beautiful drawing with a distinguished provenance by Thomas Gainsborough, R.A. (1727-1788), Wooded Landscape with a Country Cart and Faggot Gatherers in pen and brown ink and grey, green and pink washes, heightened with touches of white, on prepared paper, varnished, 22.1 by 31.0 cm., 8 ½ by 12 ¼ in.

New Exhibitor Lucas Rarities a jewelry specialist based in Mayfair, London is well-known expert in period jewelry particularly from the Art Deco era.  They will be bringing an extraordinary array of jewelry including an Emerald, Sapphire and Pearl Turban Brooch by Paul Iribe, circa 1911, priced £525,000.  Paul Iribe, was a pioneer of the Art Deco movement who introduced Art Deco to America.  The emerald and pearl aigrette  (right) is characteristic of Art Deco design in every way yet this was designed by Iribe in 1911, some 15 years before Art Deco really became established.  Having been introduced to Coco Chanel by Paul Poiret, Chanel and Iribe were to become collaborators in both their personal and professional lives, becoming engaged to be married in 1933.  Iribe died tragically on Chanel’s tennis court in 1935 at the age of 52.

Two beautiful drawings by Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones (Birmingham 1833-1898 London) will be exhibited at Art Antiques London -- one from London exhibitor Stephen Ongpin, , The Head of a Young Girl, pencil. Signed and dated EBJ 1874 in pencil at the lower right. 88 x 212 mm. (11 1/4 x 8 3/8 in.)  Stephen Ongpin Fine Art specializes in master drawings and oil sketches from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

The other exceptional Burne-Jones picture is a slightly later drawing, Portrait of a Girl, circa 1880, in red chalks, 20 x 16 inches, to be shown by exhibitor Julian Hartnoll of London.   Julian Hartnoll has been specializing in Victorian and Modern British Art since 1968. He is an expert on PreRaphaelite and Kitchen Sink art and also offers a personal selection of Contemporary Art as part of his continually changing gallery display.

Ceramics of course are at the very heart of Art Antiques London as the eminent dealers of the International Ceramics Fair & Seminar continue to participate in the fair as a core group.  Fair organizer and dealer Brian Haughton Gallery is presenting a cohesive exhibition entitled Nature’s Triumph: Botanical Themes on Porcelain.  One of the highlights of this group is an extremely rare and Important Meissen Yellow Ground Rectangular Tea Caddy and Cover, circa 1735-40. Height: 4 ins. (10cms.)

In addition to his well-known coterie of contemporary ceramic artist’s including Kate Malone, Michael Eden and Robin Best, UK exhibitor Adrian Sassoon deals in porcelain from the French Royal Porcelain Factory at Sèvres.  He will be showing an rare Soft-Paste Sèvres Porcelain Vase Hollandois, 1757-60, with the rare pink ground and flowers painted by Vincent Taillandier.  It is from the collection of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild, Paris.

First night benefit party, Wednesday, June 8, 2011
This year the First Night Party will be in support of Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) which was founded in 1955 as the UK Branch of the International Social Service global network of over 130 national agencies who work to promote and protect the rights and welfare of children across international borders. They identify and protect children who have been separated from family members as a consequence of conflict, trafficking, abduction, imprisonment and asylum, and seek to ensure that children are reunited with those who can love and care for them best, their family. The First Night Party will take place on the 8 June and will take the form of a cocktail party followed by a dinner.
Art Antiques London 2010 was praised by both academics and collectors for the varied and interesting series of lectures that took place during the Fair. Some of the highlights of this year’s lecture programme include Dr Ekaterina Khmelnitskaya, the curator of Russian Porcelain at The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, who will lecture on “The glamorous age of Empress Elizabeth Petrovna”; Jacqui Pearce, FSA MIFA, of the Museum of London on “Recent archaeological finds from London”; Julia Weber of theBavarian National Museum, Munich presenting “A Detective Story: Meissen Porcelains copying East Asian models: Fakes or Originals in their own right?”;   Kate Malone, ceramic artist, on contemporary ceramics:  “Sauce or Source.”

Art Antiques London is delighted to again be working in partnership with The Hermitage Foundation UK, Waddesdon Manor and The Dorchester Hotel.  This year the Waddesdon Masterclass will continue its partnership with Art Antiques London by offering Masterclass participants a chance to preview the fair free of charge in the company of Waddesdon curators before it opens to the public, and a lucky fair visitor will win a highly-coveted place on the 2012 Masterclass.

For more information:
Magda Grigorian
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