The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair will return to Mayfair’s Berkely Square for a seventh time this September.
Set over 5 days, many consider the Fair to be the foremost international showcase for antiques and decorative arts. Sponsored by Delancey, 2015’s exhibition has been extended by a day to accommodate its growing popularity which saw over 20,000 attendees last year. Attracting a combination of collectors and enthusiasts from around the world, the Fair has become of one of London’s premier events.
Featuring 100 of the most distinguished exhibitors in their respective fields, the Fair will present a variety of works including jewellery, design, furniture, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, and fine art. Authenticity of the pieces are of paramount importance and assured through a 70-member specialist committee that pre-vet each item shown. With prices ranging from £500 to £500,000 and above, the pieces appeal to the established collector and first-time buyers alike.
The 2015 LAPADA Fair sees 85% of last year’s dealers return. Anthony Green, specialist in vintage wristwatches and pocket watches, had “his best fair ever in every respect, including sales, meeting new customers and atmosphere” at the 2014 show. Witney Antiques, who has been participating in the Fair since 2013, sold 14 pieces last year.
Exhibitor Beaux Arts London returns after reporting excellent sales in 2014’s show, including an Elisabeth Frink sculpture and a John Piper painting. Freshfords Fine Antiques, dealers in 18th and 19th century English furniture, made several good sales, including a Regency mahogany and ebony desk to a local buyer and a Georgian dining table.
Emma Rutherford of Philip Mould Portrait Miniatures commented on the great sales momentum maintained throughout the run of the Fair. They sold 18 portrait miniatures, and were delighted to sell to two new clients who were purchasing their first miniatures, beginning new collections.
One of the many highlights to the Fair is their talks programme. Running in tandem with the main exhibition the highly regarded speakers provide expert insights into their specialist areas. The programme will also include a guided tour and host talks with LAPADA dealers on their stands, discussing the prized objects on offer and their relationship with London.
Headline Lecture: Insights into the Ashmolean Museum’s Titian to Canaletto: Drawing in Venice exhibition
Speaker: Dr Catherine Whistler, head of the Western Art Department at the Ashmolean Museum, and a Fellow of St John’s College, Oxford
Date: 25 September, 10.30am
Talk: Future Areas of Jewellery Collecting
Speaker: Rebecca Davies (LAPADA CEO) with Harpers Bazaar
Date 22 September, 6.30 – 7.30pm
Talk: Illuminating Artwork – How to make the most of your art at night
Speaker: Luke Thomas, Associate Lighting Designer at John Cullen
Date:26 September 10-11am
Tour Apollo Tour: ‘London’s Masters & Makers’
Date:26 September 10-11am
This year’s edition will see a new influx of internationally renowned galleries and boutiques each presenting a specially curated selection from their collections. These include:
- ArtAncient: Ancient art, including numismatics, and artworks of cultural and historical interest
- Clive Loveless Primal Art: decorative and tribal art from Africa to Oceania
- De Parma: 20th century design and British artworks from the 1940s to 1950s
- Goodman Fine Art: Post war artworks and medieval sculpture
- Hayloft: British and Danish furniture from the 50s, 60s and 70s, art, lighting and objects from the Mid Century period
- Isherwood Fine Art Ltd: 16th to 19th century British and European paintings, with a focus on portraits
- Matthew Holder: European works from the Middle Ages, Gothic and Renaissance periods, as well as a diverse stock of Japanese Netsuke
- Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts: Decorative arts from the Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Art Deco and the Aesthetic Movements
- Shapero Modern: Modern and contemporary art prints.
CONTACT DETAILS, OPENING TIMES & LOCATION
Dates: Tuesday 22nd September – Sunday 27th September 2015
Location: Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6EB
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7823 3511