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The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020
 

Mark Goodger Antiques - Satinwood Cased Paperscroll Tea Caddy. Outstanding Museum quality Paperscroll tea caddy with its original satinwood glass case protective case with herringbone inlays and inlaid tea plant with brass looped handle to the lid.  Interior contains a single floating lid and comes with a fully working lock & key. Circa 1785


Event: The Open Art Fair
Organiser: Thomas Woodham Smith                                                 
Venue: Duke of York Square, Kings Road, London SW3 4LY
Date: 18-24 March 2020

Enquiries:

Tel: 0207 589 6108

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

W W Warner Antiques - Early 19th Century Meissen Elephant with Sultan and mahout

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

 Rountree Tryon Galleries - Scarlet ibis by Basil Ede

 

 

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

The global antiques and design fairs industry has not escaped the long shadow cast by the Coronavirus when in a just a couple of weeks vast numbers of major events have been cancelled or postponed across the world, but for the intrepid organisers and some 100 exhibitors at the greatly anticipated Chelsea launch of The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020, the show must go on.


Director and creator Thomas Woodham-Smith: "We feel this fair is important as a statement to the art world that we can and must continue to trade. Wisely, judiciously but above all we must continue. 

 

The fair is in a tent with high ceilings and plenty of ventilation, our new layout gives the dealers greater depth to their stands which means more physical separation.

 

Finally to enhance our digital presence we have a virtual tour featuring every stand which will be available 2 days after the opening - not to deprive physical visitors of the first bite of the cherry. We are not charging exhibitors for this."

 

Woodham Smith and Harry van der Hoorn, owner of Stabilo, (designers and makers of exhibition stands around the world) were part of the group who founded Masterpiece Fair and the duo acquired the 27-year old BADA Fair in 2019, with the plan to replace a traditional trade gathering with a revolutionary new concept at the same King's Road, Chelsea SW3, location. BADA retains the vetting arrangements for the fair.


The Fair promises to be inclusive, versatile and fun, a luxury hybrid shopping experience with Fine Art and craftsmanship, the romantic and the classical, the edgy and quirky, big names and lesser lights, from antiquity to the 21st century. Contemporary craftsmanship mingling with period art and antiques.

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

Olde Time Clocks - Ormolu and Porcelain Mantel Clock c.1870

 

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

Wick Antiques - A George IV Brass Inlaid Rosewood Country House Three-Seater Sofa Attributed to Gillows

 

A George IV brass inlaid rosewood country house three-seater sofa attributed to Gillows, the serpentine back with a central panel and gadrooned terminals at either end, the carved scrolling arms continuous with the panelled seat rail, decorated with brass inlays, on anthemion-inlaid legs and reeded feet.  English, circa 1825.

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR:

Around 100 celebrated dealers, generally BADA members, have joined the roster including: Gibson Antiques, Olde Time Clocks, Lennox Cato Antiques, Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Wick Antiques, Millington Adams Antiques, The Willow Gallery, Gray MCA, Hatchwell, Mark Goodger Antiques, S&S Timms Antiques, The Peartree Collection, Rountree Tryon Galleries, Freya Mitton Fine Art, Morgan Strickland Antiques, Alexandra Alfandary Antiques, W W Warner Antiques, The Parker Gallery, Holly Johnson Antiques, Brandt Asian Art, Jeroen Markies Art Deco, 3 Details Ltd, Haynes Fine Art Ltd, Otto Cento, Sarah Colgrave Fine Art and Walker Galleries.  Full exhibitor list correct as of 14 March, here:  The Open Art Fair Exhibitor List.


Highlights at the Fair include rare Chinese porcelain from Imperial times (Gibson Antiques) to  boys’ toys from Hatchwell Antiques and Mark Goodger, including a handcrafted  model of a 1908 single cylinder steam motor car, aeronautica, and automobilia, even a Bugatti radiator turned decanter.

Inspiration for the modelling of the new event came from a new book The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes which recounts the true story of three French grandees of the Belle Epoque period, (1880- 90s), a prince, a baron and an innovative surgeon to the great and good: all three dedicated  aesthetes, aware that the West End of London would be the most promising destination for a treasure hunt... 'for intellectual and decorative shopping’.  

The event is intended to be an an eclectic and inter-disciplinary mix of dealers, to surprise and delight visitors.

Thomas Woodham-Smith adds: "Chelsea has always been a cultural and commercial centre, with a maverick aspect driven by its bohemian past, and the small physical scale of most of the shops and cafes. This means that what’s on offer can be more experimental or specialist.  We welcome the modern as well as the ancient... Taste changes all the time, dealers are leaving behind the traditional methods of shop based dealing.  The private dealer who works from fairs, catalogues and the internet, is the way things are going. At the Open Art Fair we are geared to being nimble enough to provide an ever changing platform.

Editor's Note: ANF extends support and good wishes to the founders and exhibitors at the fair in this challenging climate.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020
 

Timms Antiques - A delightful pair of English regency period mahogany Hall chairs having elegant pierced scrolling backs of
Most unusual design above well figured seats raised On finely turned legs Circa 1820

 

TICKET INFO:

Tickets are now on sale via The Open Art Fair or on the door at £20.00. 

 

 

Cover Image: Gray M.C.A. - Congres Des Peuples Pour La Paix 1952 by Pablo Picasso

 



News & Fairs Previews

The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020
 

Mark Goodger Antiques - Satinwood Cased Paperscroll Tea Caddy. Outstanding Museum quality Paperscroll tea caddy with its original satinwood glass case protective case with herringbone inlays and inlaid tea plant with brass looped handle to the lid.  Interior contains a single floating lid and comes with a fully working lock & key. Circa 1785


Event: The Open Art Fair
Organiser: Thomas Woodham Smith                                                 
Venue: Duke of York Square, Kings Road, London SW3 4LY
Date: 18-24 March 2020

Enquiries:

Tel: 0207 589 6108

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

W W Warner Antiques - Early 19th Century Meissen Elephant with Sultan and mahout

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

 Rountree Tryon Galleries - Scarlet ibis by Basil Ede

 

 

ABOUT THIS FAIR:

The global antiques and design fairs industry has not escaped the long shadow cast by the Coronavirus when in a just a couple of weeks vast numbers of major events have been cancelled or postponed across the world, but for the intrepid organisers and some 100 exhibitors at the greatly anticipated Chelsea launch of The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020, the show must go on.


Director and creator Thomas Woodham-Smith: "We feel this fair is important as a statement to the art world that we can and must continue to trade. Wisely, judiciously but above all we must continue. 

 

The fair is in a tent with high ceilings and plenty of ventilation, our new layout gives the dealers greater depth to their stands which means more physical separation.

 

Finally to enhance our digital presence we have a virtual tour featuring every stand which will be available 2 days after the opening - not to deprive physical visitors of the first bite of the cherry. We are not charging exhibitors for this."

 

Woodham Smith and Harry van der Hoorn, owner of Stabilo, (designers and makers of exhibition stands around the world) were part of the group who founded Masterpiece Fair and the duo acquired the 27-year old BADA Fair in 2019, with the plan to replace a traditional trade gathering with a revolutionary new concept at the same King's Road, Chelsea SW3, location. BADA retains the vetting arrangements for the fair.


The Fair promises to be inclusive, versatile and fun, a luxury hybrid shopping experience with Fine Art and craftsmanship, the romantic and the classical, the edgy and quirky, big names and lesser lights, from antiquity to the 21st century. Contemporary craftsmanship mingling with period art and antiques.

 Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

Olde Time Clocks - Ormolu and Porcelain Mantel Clock c.1870

 

 

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020

Wick Antiques - A George IV Brass Inlaid Rosewood Country House Three-Seater Sofa Attributed to Gillows

 

A George IV brass inlaid rosewood country house three-seater sofa attributed to Gillows, the serpentine back with a central panel and gadrooned terminals at either end, the carved scrolling arms continuous with the panelled seat rail, decorated with brass inlays, on anthemion-inlaid legs and reeded feet.  English, circa 1825.

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT THIS FAIR:

Around 100 celebrated dealers, generally BADA members, have joined the roster including: Gibson Antiques, Olde Time Clocks, Lennox Cato Antiques, Garret & Hurst Sculpture, Wick Antiques, Millington Adams Antiques, The Willow Gallery, Gray MCA, Hatchwell, Mark Goodger Antiques, S&S Timms Antiques, The Peartree Collection, Rountree Tryon Galleries, Freya Mitton Fine Art, Morgan Strickland Antiques, Alexandra Alfandary Antiques, W W Warner Antiques, The Parker Gallery, Holly Johnson Antiques, Brandt Asian Art, Jeroen Markies Art Deco, 3 Details Ltd, Haynes Fine Art Ltd, Otto Cento, Sarah Colgrave Fine Art and Walker Galleries.  Full exhibitor list correct as of 14 March, here:  The Open Art Fair Exhibitor List.


Highlights at the Fair include rare Chinese porcelain from Imperial times (Gibson Antiques) to  boys’ toys from Hatchwell Antiques and Mark Goodger, including a handcrafted  model of a 1908 single cylinder steam motor car, aeronautica, and automobilia, even a Bugatti radiator turned decanter.

Inspiration for the modelling of the new event came from a new book The Man in the Red Coat by Julian Barnes which recounts the true story of three French grandees of the Belle Epoque period, (1880- 90s), a prince, a baron and an innovative surgeon to the great and good: all three dedicated  aesthetes, aware that the West End of London would be the most promising destination for a treasure hunt... 'for intellectual and decorative shopping’.  

The event is intended to be an an eclectic and inter-disciplinary mix of dealers, to surprise and delight visitors.

Thomas Woodham-Smith adds: "Chelsea has always been a cultural and commercial centre, with a maverick aspect driven by its bohemian past, and the small physical scale of most of the shops and cafes. This means that what’s on offer can be more experimental or specialist.  We welcome the modern as well as the ancient... Taste changes all the time, dealers are leaving behind the traditional methods of shop based dealing.  The private dealer who works from fairs, catalogues and the internet, is the way things are going. At the Open Art Fair we are geared to being nimble enough to provide an ever changing platform.

Editor's Note: ANF extends support and good wishes to the founders and exhibitors at the fair in this challenging climate.

Antiques News & Fairs - The Open Art Fair 18-24 March 2020
 

Timms Antiques - A delightful pair of English regency period mahogany Hall chairs having elegant pierced scrolling backs of
Most unusual design above well figured seats raised On finely turned legs Circa 1820

 

TICKET INFO:

Tickets are now on sale via The Open Art Fair or on the door at £20.00. 

 

 

Cover Image: Gray M.C.A. - Congres Des Peuples Pour La Paix 1952 by Pablo Picasso