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LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair Enjoys A Successful 2017 Event

Autumn 2017's "must visit" event, the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair took place from 15-20 September 2017 at Berkeley Square, Mayfair in London, kicking off with a hugely successful preview evening, and culminating in some very worthy recipients of the LAPADA Best Stand and Object Awards.

The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair's exclusive preview evening, hosted by LAPADA Chairman The Lord de Mauley and Presidents, The Lord Chadlington and The Earl Howe, was reported to be a roaring success.

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The Gusbourne Blanc de Blancs Reception welcomed guests including fashion designers Ozwald Boateng, John & Monique Davidson and Anna Mason, Vanity Fair publisher Tia Graham, new Topshop CEO Paul Price, Zafar and Natalie Rushdie, Sloane & Cadogan’s Soren Tholstrup, Sigrid Kirk of Arts Co, Founder of Loughran Gallery Juliette Loughran and photographers Julian Marshall and Alastair Guy, amongst others.  They viewed thousands of carefully vetted objects from 114 LAPADA members.  Meanwhile, upstairs, the fair's Principal Sponsor, Killik & Co, hosted a private client event.

Early reports suggest strong sales across all specialisms with dealers noting high footfall throughout the evening.

Mark Goodger (formerly Hampton Antiques) made a sale within the first 10 minutes of the private preview, and noted that Tea Caddies seemed to be the flavour of the day, with many sold during the private preview and another two in the first hour of the public opening.

Jeroen Markies sold an entire Maurice Adam Art Deco three-piece suite, and four Lalique bowls and plates by the preview's close.  He also reported an overall popularity of glass – a sentiment shared by many other dealers in the field.

Serhat Ahmet, a specialist in fine European porcelain and objets de vertu, saw constant sales throughout the preview, while S&S Timms Antiques enjoyed their most successful preview across all fairs in years, selling to all new clients, bar one piece.

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Jonathan Cooper, an award-winning contemporary dealer saw a great first day with the sale of a large-scale painting by Tim Hayward for £24,000, and two equally large pictures by Rosie Sanders.

Peter Woodward of 3details saw great interest and strong sales across a diverse range of stock, from mirrors and accessories to Maison Charles lamps and Marcello Fantoni vases.

Mieka Sywak, LAPADA Fair Director, said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s Fair Preview. It is fantastic to see such strong interest and initial sales this early on and we look forward to welcoming visitors and collectors to Berkeley Square for 2017’s LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.”

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LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair also announced the winners of its prestigious Best Stand and Object Awards.

An esteemed panel of museum directors, interior designers, editors and collectors gathered for the difficult task of judging the beautifully presented and varied stands, for the Best Stand, Silver, Ceramics & Glass, Furniture, Jewellery, Antiquities & Objects, Fine Art & Sculpture and Textiles & Rugs categories.

Co-chaired by LAPADA Chairman The Lord de Mauley and Chief Executive of The Arts Society Mr. Florian Schweizer, the Selection Committee included:

Dr Alexander Sturgis (Director, The Ashmolean Museum)

Dr Bruce Boucher (Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum)

Ms Melanie Gerlis (Financial Times and The Art Newspaper)

Ms Jo Baring (Director, The Ingram Collection)

Mr Nirmal Sethia (Founder, Newby Teas and Collector)

Ms Fernanda Marques (Architect and Collector)

Mr Tim Gosling (Interior Designer and Founder, Gosling)

Ms Melanie Grant (Luxury Editor, 1843 Magazine at The Economist)

Ms Samantha Scott-Jeffries (Editor, Homes & Antiques)

Ms Tara Craig (Interior Designer, T.Craig Interiors)

Mr Jer O'Mahony (Partner, Killik & Co)

Mr Michael Pate (Partner, Killik & Co)

Mr Enzo Visone (Founder, Quintessential Brands)

Ms Shalini Misra (Interior Designer)

Ms Kally Ellis (Founder, McQueens)

 

The winners, along with LAPADA's explanations for each selection, are as follows: 

Best Stand - Lucas Rarities

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Lucas Rarities stood out as a clear winner, with a unique fairground design, showcasing exceptional jewellery in an unusual way, winning over the judges with its quirky appeal.

 

Silver - Pushkin Antiques

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This large and robust yet elegant and artistic C19th solid silver lidded tankard garnered much praise for its unusual design. A very rare Imperial Russian trompe l'oeil, this piece is realistically modelled in the shape of a house featuring wood cladding walls, pine trees and window made in a pan-Slavic style.

 

Textiles & Rugs - Boccara

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‘’Le Repas de Psyché’’, a C17th tapestry woven by Ateliers du Faubourg Saint-Germain, won high praise from the judges who were enthralled by its condition and brightness of colours. One of six pieces woven for the king of France, the iridescent dresses and intricate detailing of jewels and background offers a sense of the rich quality of the tapestry.

 

Glass & Ceramics - Raffaello Pernici

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Although not as rare as some of the other items on display, the judges were struck by "The Faith": a feathered vase by Giò Ponti for Richard Ginori, Florence 1931. A departure from the style for which Giò Ponti is known, this piece is an example from his early career and remains in impeccable condition.

 

Furniture - Mackinnon Fine Furniture

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With exquisite gilding and “magical” lion paw feet, the judges felt that this George I giltwood secretaire cabinet was a remarkable example “Best of British” design and furniture making. Made for the Portuguese Royal Court during the reign of King Dom João V (1709–1750), the cabinet’s near flawless condition won over the judges in what proved to be a competitive category.

 

Jewellery - Didier

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This dramatic variant of “The Tree of Life Necklace” by Salvador Dali from the early 1950s proved surprising to the judges, who were less familiar with the artist’s jewellery collaborations. A unique 18ct gold necklace, it features 33 brilliant cut diamonds and a central element of intertwined, textured twigs and veined leaves. The delicacy and complex detailing of the piece further added to its allure.

 

Antiquities & Objects - ArtAncient

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One of the most important Roman inscriptions ever found in Britain, this carved Purbeck marble fossiliferous stone won unanimous praise from the judging panel. Recently unearthed in a Dorchester garden, the Selection Committee were in awe of its incredibly precise and skilled carving. Taking centre stage in a dramatic display, many of the judges felt moved by this piece.

 

Fine Art & Sculpture - Sphinx Fine Art

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The Selection Committee were enthralled both by the subtly of this work and by the story behind it. Depicting Tsesarevna Elizabeth Petrovna, Later Empress Elizabeth I of Russia (1709–1761) dressed as a man, the work is by Louis Caravaque (1684 – 1754). Until recent research both the identity of the sitter and the artist had long been lost, so the portrait’s rediscovery and reattribution proved particularly compelling to judges.


Rebecca Davies, LAPADA’s Chief Executive, said: “Though it presented the Selection Committee with a number of rather hard decisions, it was fantastic to see such incredible quality in both stand presentation and the objects those stands displayed. Year after year LAPADA dealers demonstrate absolute commitment to showing the very best the art and antiques world has to offer and the whole LAPADA team feels an enormous sense of privilege to be able to help make that happen.”

For more information about the event, visit the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair.


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