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Post-Show Report The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Spring 2018

In the midst of an early heatwave, the Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, held in Battersea Park, London from 17-22 April 2018 brought in visitors with serious shopping on their mind.  Most dealers experienced a strong opening day, and despite soaring London temperatures, good sales were being made throughout the week by discerning buyers looking for high quality items.  A number of exhibitors finished with an additional flourish of deals on Sunday afternoon.

Specialists in garden decoration and furniture had a bumper week; all reported excellent sales, and items in a curated display on the front terrace sold well.  Peter & Lucy Sohier, who have been doing the Fair three times a year since 2011, said it was one of their best; among sales was an unusual large cast stone weathered tree trunk, a mid-20th century decorative piece from Belgium ticketed at £3450 which went to an existing client who “just couldn’t resist”.  New participant Violet Grey Decorative from the West Country was delighted with the response from visitors, “we couldn’t believe how many photos were taken of our stand!”, and were happy with sales such as an architectural C19th French birdcage in the form of a chateau ticketed at £2700 to an American decorator from LA, and a group of nine C19th mill pots (from a waterwheel) re-purposed as hanging planters which could have sold many times over.  

Antiques News & Fairs - Post-Show Report The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Spring 2018
Philip Thomas - Octagonal burr maple coffee table with sliding trays. Italian 1970 £2800 SOLD.

Decorative and painted antiques were successful for many, with regulars such as Gaby van Schagen, Martin D. Johnson Antiques Ltd, Maison & Jardin at French Country, Antiq-BR, and Maison Artefact reporting an excellent Fair.  Others enjoying very good sales included Jill Palmer, Nick Jones, Alston & Ashton, Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd, Brownrigg , M.Charpentier, Nikki Page Antiques and Hilary Batstone as well as newer Decorative Fair participants Joseph Berry and M. Goldstein.  Antiq-BR, who come from Spain to exhibit, mix decorative antiques with modern design and art; among notable sales was a black marble dining table by the Italian architect and designer Angelo Mangiarotti (1921-2012), with a ticket price of £8500.  Nick Jones was very happy, “it has been an excellent fair”, with multiple sales of mirrors such as an ornate C18th Italian gilt mirror (ticket price £5400), a Swedish bureau desk c1800 in bleached oak (TP £5500), and plenty of lighting and cabinet furniture.  Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd were also happy; sales included a group of C19th framed pressed Jersey seaweeds and shell specimens priced around £2000, a long set of C18th seashell prints (TP £4800), as well as items of antique and modern furniture.   Gaby van Schagen had a very good fair, selling several exceptional items such as large early painted linen wall-hanging and a very rare early tilt-top tea table decorated with needlepoint depicting Chinese porcelain tea-ware circa 1680, alongside many examples of antique Swedish furniture and folk art at prices from £2000 to £7000.

Vicky Davar of Maison Artefact met new, young decorators “who found the fair stimulating and visually exciting“ buying top quality items for their client projects, such as a rare pair of well-proportioned late C19th French painted corner cabinets (priced at £8400), and a group of late C17th landscape etchings (TP £7000).
Anthony Hepworth Fine Art Dealers Ltd said “it has been a terrific Fair”, and were delighted with the sale of an important work by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) for a “healthy six-figure sum”.  Muse The Sculpture Company sold a life-sized Galapagos tortoise by Gill Parker, one of the UK's leading contemporary artists in bronze animal sculptures, with an asking price of £38,000.  Jenna Burlingham Fine Art sold contemporary and Modern British art including a work by Julian Trevelyan at prices between £2000 and £8000; contemporary art dealer Catharine Miller was very happy, as were The Osborne Gallery, Saunders Fine Art, and John and Percy Barkes.  Caroline de Kerangal sold their most important item on opening day, an antique full-length marble figure, for a five-figure sum.

Antiques News & Fairs - Post-Show Report The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Spring 2018
Les Trois Garcons - Small slipper chair, 19th century French, original silk upholstery. £1600 SOLD (another is available).

Among twentieth century design specialists C20C, Justin Evershed-Martin, Dorian Caffot de Fawes, Rupert Cavendish, Justin Manley Art & Antiques, Fiona McDonald and Il Paralume were happy, with several noting 1940s and early 1950s design and art deco was selling well.  New dealer Hossack & Gray sold most of their 1940s pieces, Dorian Caffot de Fawes sold a large 1940s mahogany sideboard by David Frères with geometric marquetry (TP £3800) to new private clients on Thursday evening (the hottest day of the week), and Justin Evershed-Martin sold an impressive Italian rosewood cabinet c1950 ticketed at £15,000 to new private buyer.  Justin noted the wide age range of visitors to the Fair, adding, “I sold a pair of chairs to a young buyer and a 1950s sofa to an 80-year old!”  Justin Manley, Art & Antiques made sales to new customers, mainly of Scandinavian C20th paintings (large and small) priced to around £4500, also a good Danish 1960s signed writing table (TP £4200) and a selection of glassware.

First-time participant David Bownes of Twentieth Century Posters said what a tremendous experience he had had: “I’m very impressed, not only with the professional organisation, but also the relaxed atmosphere, quality of customers and specifically at meeting so many decorators.”  He made “excellent” sales at prices ranging from £75 to £2500, and enjoyed positive feedback from visitors looking for large-scale works and exceptional pieces of British graphic design.  “I’ve been trading for only a few years but have taken part in many fairs: none have compared to Battersea.”

Antiques News & Fairs - Post-Show Report The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Spring 2018

Shane Meredith Antiques - Pair of wicker elephant tables French, circa 1970. £2200 SOLD.

For dealers in more traditional antiques and design, some good sales were made of English and Continental formal furniture, mirrors, especially ornate and gilded examples, and crystal chandeliers.  Brownrigg sold an early C20th Spanish hand-carved mirror by Gregorio Aparicio who worked in many of Valencia’s important houses; covered with intricate birds, basketry and flowers, the mirror was priced at £8500 and sold to a private buyer.  Brownrigg also sold a group of elaborate C19th English plaster ceiling panels mounted for display on the wall (ticket price £4500) to a new private buyer.  Merelyn Ashton of Alston & Ashton, a long-standing exhibitor, had a “fantastic” opening day and a great Fair overall, with sales including a pair of late C19th carved pine panel bookcases ticketed at £6800.  Geoffrey Stead commented on the volume of trade buying at the Fair; he sold five antique mirrors early in the week priced between £1800 and £5000.  Among more unusual sales made by Woodham-Smith Ltd was a monumental late C19th cast iron multi-branch candelabrum in the renaissance revival (Gothic) style (TP £1600) and a highly decorative Viennese c1900 cherry tree table lamp in bronze and coloured glass (TP £2500) to a new decorator buyer.

Dealers with Arts & Crafts and later oak furniture reported good sales: Mark Jones Antiques, standing at their second Battersea, sold an early Gordon Russell-designed oak chest (priced at £6000) as well as a wonderful antique Indian gilded mirror for a five-figure sum; Nadin & Macintosh sold a large circular Arts & Crafts table to a US trade buyer (ticket price £6000) and made good export business with further sales such as a long set of geological maps.

Textiles did well, with second-time exhibitor Jonathan Hope Tribal Art & Textiles reporting decent sales, Clive Rogers said “I’ve only sold really good things”, and Joshua Lumley Ltd selling well all week including a room-sized C19th Ziegler carpet priced at £15,000 to a new buyer, and two customers both keen to acquire a similar Ziegler shown on his stand.  He has many visits to make after the fair to show rugs in potential clients’ homes.  Jill Palmer sold numerous textiles such as an antique tapestry and a large 1920s Egyptian cotton appliqué wall hanging; Jenny Hicks-Beach was happy with sales of runners and kelims.  Clive Rogers sold all his oriental furniture, and textiles priced from £80 to around £4000, including a pair of C18th Cantonese silk embroideries and several tapestries.

Antiques News & Fairs - Post-Show Report The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Spring 2018
Katharine Pole - French 19th century printed cotton £145 each SOLD.

Simon Hall Limited, which handles shipping at the Fair, said they had dealt with a similar level of business as at the January Fair, which was one of their busiest-ever.

Among well-known faces reported as seen at the Fair were Eddie Redmayne, Sir Paul Smith, fashion designer Matthew Williamson, Pippa Middleton, Sophie Conran, Nick Rhodes, Bob Geldof, and actress Judy Parfitt.  Decorators and trade buyers included Ray Azoulay of Obsolete (US), Lee Mindel of Shelton Mindel the New York architecture and interiors firm, Colefax & Fowler, Rose Uniacke, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Rita Konig, Annabel Elliot, Willy Nickerson, celebrated art dealers Ivor Braka and Daniel Katz, and leading UK dealers such as Edward Hurst, James Graham-Stewart, Anthony Outred and Max Rollitt.

The Fair Foyer display, An Ornamental Menagerie, was much commented on for its ingenious and lively display which also tied-in with the spring garden feel evident throughout the event, and good sales were made of furniture and decorative items included from the exhibitors.

Jane Juran and Darren Hudson, Fair Organisers, acknowledged the challenge presented by the unseasonably warm weather, but added: “The Fair went well, particularly when you consider the current retail environment.   We’re delighted that a majority of the 150 exhibitors achieved a satisfactory level of business.  Visitors were clearly determined to make their trip worthwhile, given the first fine weather in many months, and a good number of dealers reported an excellent week.”

The next event will be The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, from 2-7 October 2018 at Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London. 
For more information, visit The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair.

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art reports significant sales of major works at TEFAF, March 2018

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art reported a significant number of sales at TEFAF Maastricht 2018 including several major works that were highlights of the stand.  Two important early sales were a pair of monumental marble lion groups, attributed to Giovanni Battista Foggini (1652-1725) and his workshop, which formed an impressive gateway to the stand, that went to a new buyer, a private European collector, priced in the region of 1.75 million E , and a large oil on canvas by Giovanni Battista Cipriani (1727-1785) depicting Castor and Pollux, a focal point of the gallery’s Roman-themed display, that went to a private collector for an asking price of around 425,000E.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tomasso Brothers Fine Art reports significant sales of major works at TEFAF, March 2018

“TEFAF Maastricht has been re-energised,” said Dino Tomasso.  “The new Early Access day really helped focus the minds of serious buyers, and has proved a success.  The consensus is that this year’s changes to the Fair design and presentation have been extremely well received, and along with the several new participants, have helped revive visitor excitement for this venerable event.”

Raffaello Tomasso added that the gallery “had met an impressive number of new clients. It has been a tremendous Fair in all respects."

Amongst further sales was another stand highlight, an exquisite Carrara marble sculpture by Cav. Emanuele Caroni (1826 - after 1895) entitled L’Amour Vainqueur de la Force, or The Triumph of Love over Strength (Florence c1867), which went to a new client for an asking price in the region of 575,000 E.

Antiques News & Fairs - Tomasso Brothers Fine Art reports significant sales of major works at TEFAF, March 2018

Left: Cav. Emanuele Caroni (1826 - after 1895), L’Amour Vainqueur de la Force, or The Triumph of Love over Strength, Carrara marble, c1867, 107 cm high, 94 cm wide, 66 cm deep.  

Tomasso Brothers Fine Art was exhibiting at a new booth, Stand 304 on the Champs-Élysées.  The works featured were inspired by Rome and classical Italy, and dated from the ancient to the neoclassical.  The stand presentation used original wallpaper designed in-house by the gallery, influenced by a particular painted wall at the Villa di Agrippa Postumus at Boscotrecase (circa 1st century B.C - 1st century A.D.) in the ‘Third’ or ‘Ornate’ style of ancient wall fresco design that flourished during the reign of Augustus.  The idea of placing old master paintings and sculptures within a beautiful decorative scheme inspired by discoveries made at Pompeii and Herculaneum is essentially neoclassical in spirit, following the tradition established by the great architects and interior designers of the eighteenth century such as James ‘Athenian’ Stuart (1713-88) for Spencer House, London (1759), and Robert Adam (1728-1792) perhaps most notably at London’s Kenwood House, Osterley Park and Syon House.

Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Report


 Antiques News & Fairs - Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Report

Strong Sales of Traditional Furniture Among Many Highlights at the Winter 2018 Decorative Fair, Battersea.

Buoyant sales of traditional period furniture were reported by many exhibitors at the Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, which took place from 23-28 January in Battersea Park. Antique and C20th mirrors were also greatly in demand, as well as textiles, lighting and chinoiserie. Botanical pictures continued their strong trend, as did 20th century Scandinavian art.

Antiques News & Fairs - Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Report

“Classic items with an edge to their look were selling very well, both to decorators and private buyers” commented Richard Nadin, of Nadin & Macintosh. “Buyers can find nice examples of 18th and 19th century Continental commodes, and English Georgian chests of drawers, for example, at prices in the region of £4000 to £7000 and visitors this week were definitely enjoying the wide selection offered at this Fair,” added another exhibitor. “It was a near sell-out” said Russ Harrison of Seventeen-Twentyone.

Sales highlights included a wonderful English 18th century mahogany writing desk retaining its original leather top, sold by Alastair Drennan in the opening hour of the Fair with a ticket price of £13,000; a rare wall-sized Georgian map of London priced well in to five-figures sold by Odyssey Fine Arts; a mid-18th century German commode of unusual design ticketed at £8800 by Alston & Ashton; an ornate pair of C18th Italian hall seats ticket price £3900 sold by John Bird; a pair of Howard oak tables c1880 ticketed at £6000 at Mark Jones (a new exhibitor to the fair); an exceptional Adam period painted glazed bookcase c1790 priced at £5500 by Nadin & Macintosh; a signed Art Deco desk designed in 1926 by Axel Einar Hjorth priced at £5800 from Rupert Cavendish Antiques; a possibly unique William Morris embroidered panel c1900 to a new private buyer priced around £4200 sold by Kiki Design and a rosewood desk by Danish designer Kurt Ostervig priced at £7250 from The Modern Warehouse. Exhibitors also cited a number of sales in the £10,000 to £15,000 range, some to trade buyers.

Footfall was very high on opening day and at the weekend, and the middle days including Friday provided a constant flow of visitors. Almost every exhibitor reported selling to new private buyers, and to members of the decorating trade. “It is a young and very sophisticated crowd here, the only Fair that brings them in,” said Poppy Stothert (Stothert & Trice). Some dealers practically sold out on the first day, including Patrick Macintosh of Nadin & Macintosh and Seventeen-Twentyone. Drennan & Sturrock described the first few hours as “staggeringly busy”, while Saunders Fine Art said “I have met some astonishingly important clients!”

Charlotte Casedejus, exhibiting with Streett Marburg, was keen to comment on the quality of the visitors and that “people are genuinely here to buy, they’re not browsers”.

“Overall,” said Darren Hudson, Organiser of the Fair alongside Jane Juran, “the majority of dealers had a good week with solid business being done every day.” Jane Juran added, “The exhibitors work very hard to put on a fantastic-looking show. As organisers we’re delighted so many new buyers were in evidence.”

Amongst dealers reporting either a best ever or fantastic week at Battersea were Drennan & Sturrock, Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd, Gaby van Schagen, Nadin & Macintosh, David Levi, Fiona McDonald, Hudson Antiques, Nick Jones, Lee Wright Antiques & Interiors Ltd, Seventeen-Twentyone, Antiques By Design, Alston & Ashton, Maison Artefact, and Foster & Gane.

Decorators seen shopping included Annabel Elliot, Rose Uniacke, Todhunter Earle, Rita Konig, Emma Sims Hilditch, Anouska Hempel, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Veere Grenney, Guy Goodfellow, Soho House, John McCall, Maddux Creative, Charles & Co, Meredith Harrington (US), Francesca Hood Designs, Colefax & Fowler, Beata Heuman, Paulo Moschino, Ken Fulk (US) Nina Campbell and Allegra Hicks. Trade buyers included Carlton Hobbs from New York and Ray Azoulay of Obsolete in LA.

Also attending the Fair were Eddie Redmayne, Claudia Schiffer, Pippa Middleton, Griff Rhys Jones, and both the Peruvian and Argentine Ambassadors to London.

The Foyer display, ‘Celebrating the Silk Route’, a theme which complemented the presence of LARTA, was immensely successful, and seemed also to encourage exhibitors to bring a good deal of chinoiserie to their own stands. Sales from the Foyer were made every day, with textiles and embroideries, lacquered furniture, Chinese ceramics and groups of pictures (such as set of nine mid-C19th Chinese rice paper paintings of flowers and butterflies, Canton c1850, TP £4,800, on behalf of Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd) proving most popular.

The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA), located for a second time up on the Mezzanine, was even more successful than last year, with many positive reports coming from dealers. Visitors loved the open aspect to the stands, and the colourful impression the displays made.

The Spring Decorative Fair takes place 17-22 April 2018, with a Foyer display entitled ‘An Ornamental Menagerie’, directing the spotlight on designs, objects and works of art featuring creatures great and small, familiar and exotic.s of art featuring creatures great and small, familiar and exotic.

Antiques News & Fairs - Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Report

Signed Art Deco desk by Axel Einar Hjorth priced at £5800 sold by Rupert Cavendish Antiques.

Traditional Antiques;

Drennan & Sturrock
Opening day was “staggering” with an enormous amount of business done. Sales included a wonderful Georgian c1790 octagonal mahogany library table with original leather top TP £13,000, a pair of brass Georgian style mid-C20th lanterns (which could have sold several times) TP £8000; a very good pair of two-tier Lutyens-type estate tables from Tillypronie House, Aberdeenshire, TP £2700. “I’m really happy, and have met new and known buyers, trade, private and decorators.”

Wakelin & Linfield
A positive fair, selling a wide variety of stock: early pottery, engravings, a couple of bronze sculptures, and two very nice Normandy tables (one to the US) priced around £5000 each. Met an important new Madison Avenue decorator client and new London decorator clients.

Mark Jones (new exhibitor)
An excellent week, enjoyed the experience, very happy overall, met good new contacts in the trade, decorators and private buyers. Grand Tour objects were selling well, such as plaster roundels and plaques. Furniture sales included a pair of Howard oak tables c1880 TP £6000, and a pair of antique George III style wingback chairs TP £5500.

Antiques News & Fairs - Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Report

Nine mid-C19th Chinese rice paper paintings, Canton c1850, TP £4,800 sold from the foyer by Odyssey Fine Arts.

Decorative Antiques & C20th Mix;

Maison Artefact
“We’ve made really good sales, good things to young buyers happy to spend upwards of £10,000.” Sales included a large 1850s gazed cupboard to a New York customer TP £14,000, a set of rare English Tolix style chairs by Evertaut of Blackburn TP £4800, a set of eight 1830s chinoiserie pictures TP £4,500 to a UK client. Big wall lights were popular. Met many new customers.

Odyssey Fine Arts Ltd
Best ever Decorative Fair! A fantastic week with numerous high-priced items sold including a wall-sized late C18th map of London for a five-figure sum, numerous groups of prints, and a number of larger items of C20th furniture. A major sale was a group of 10 silkscreen prints by Leon Polk Smith, a US artist with a Cherokee background, part of the New York ‘Hard Edge’ geometric abstract movement, involved in Civil Rights: his original oils are in top-notch American museums; these prints were a retrospective of his work from c1940-1970, signed and numbered with date of the original, and sold for a five figure sum.

Hudson Antiques
Best fair ever. Majority of sales were of large, antique, carved and painted mirrors, and amongst furniture, a pair of Austrian Fruitwood commodes TP £8750 and a pair of c1840 Italian walnut consoles TP £5750.

Antiques News & Fairs - Winter 2018 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Report

Early C20th French sofa with mahogany base, ticket price £3500, sold by Timothy Langston Fine Art & Antiques.

Twentieth Century Specialists;

The Modern Warehouse
A good fair, met new people, good sales every day. A good client met at a past Battersea fair bought a nice a rosewood desk by Kurt Ostervig, Danish TP £7250. Sold a couple of Swedish rugs.

Excellent week, with strong sales across the board, of furniture, lighting, mirrors and art. Amongst sales was a suite of Danish mid-century upholstered furniture by Sibast TP £5500. Textiles & Accessories

Joshua Lumley
A very good week. Sold two large Tabriz carpets and a large Fereghan carpet (all room-sized) priced between £5000 and £10,000. Swedish mid-century piled rugs (rya) sold well. Sales were to decorators and private buyers, and met two very promising new clients wanting several rugs for their homes.

Collectors’ Items , Art & Bijouterie;

Nic McElhatton (new exhibitor)
Had fantastic first day, and was very happy overall with the Fair, making sales of collectable treen and furniture, including a large C19th engine turned lignum vitae tobacco jar TP £1500, a Cotswold School table probably by Edward Barnsley c1920 TP £5500, a pair of C19th Messengers patent rotating copper chimney cowls by F. Braby & Co TP 1800, a C17th wassail bowl TP £2200, a nice Regency spoon back chair to a US decorator TP £1250, and a laburnum urn TP £1500.

The Spring The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair takes place from 17th - 22nd April 2018.

LAPADA appoint new CEO


LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, has announced the appointment of Patricia Stevenson as its new Chief Executive.

LAPADA Chief Executive

Patricia joins LAPADA with a wealth of experience in the UK publishing sector and working with trade bodies. She was the Publishing Director of Tatler magazine at Condé Nast for more than 15 years as well as a Director of Condé Nast UK Ltd and is a former board member of The Fragrance Foundation, the trade association for the fragrance industry. Her role at Tatler saw her work closely with high profile arts events including the Olympia Fine Art and Antiques Fair and Art London. Playing a key role in the development of the publication, she was responsible for all commercial revenue streams

Patricia brings with her a fresh perspective that will be invaluable to the marketing and promotion of LAPADA dealers. While at Tatler she also oversaw its diversification into a multi-faceted media brand and was instrumental in the creation of sponsored Tatler events and Her role in the digitisation of the publication and understanding of the importance of online will ensure she is well-placed to take to the next phase of its development.

As Chief Executive, Patricia will be involved in every aspect of the running of LAPADA, working closely with Chairman, Lord De Mauley, who was appointed earlier this year. Joining the team full time in February 2018, she will also preside over the 10th annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square in September.

Lord De Mauley comments: “We are delighted to welcome Patricia to the LAPADA team. Familiar with the world of art and antiques, the luxury sector and the challenges of the lobbying process she is undoubtedly the best person for the job. Patricia’s extensive digital and marketing experience will be vital in continuing to drive LAPADA forward.”

Patricia Stevenson comments: “I am delighted to be joining LAPADA and very much look forward to meeting members and to representing their interests in these fast changing and challenging times. I believe we can increase the interest in fine art and antiques, both among existing and new collectors, by continuing to make it as accessible and enjoyable as possible to seek out and buy whether this be online, in the showroom, at fairs or at auction. Ensuring that the LAPADA Code of Practice is fully recognised by both UK and international collectors is also key as is increasing LAPADA's membership and maintaining lobbying influence. I would like to thank Rebecca Davies for her warm welcome; it is clear her tenure at LAPADA has been innovative, inspirational and highly effective and I will endeavour to continue to build on her legacy.”









Post Fair Report Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair 31 October - 5 November 2017

 Antiques News & Fairs - Winter Olympia Fine Art & Antiques Fair

The 27th Winter Art & Antiques Fair opened on a buzzing Halloween night in the Olympia National Hall to a ready-to-buy crowd. Sales started early. Three oil paintings by Paul Treasure sold in the first 10 minutes through new exhibitor, Signet Contemporary, to a Saudi Arabian buyer for her beach house. Next door stand, Decorative Arts@Doune, was barely visible for enthusiasts crowding around their silver until closing. They sold 26 pieces on opening night and around 10 every day following.

First time exhibitor at any fair, Tom Rooth, was very pleased with his opening night, selling three pictures and generating much interest in the towering, 7ft high ‘Lord of the Isles’ painting by Margaret Collier. Exhibiting for the first time at the Winter Fair, Jeremy Afleck from The Old Corkscrew in South Africa, said “They came, they stayed, they shopped”.

He had a ‘fantastic’ week, selling across the board including a swan silver dish from 1886 and an antique Dunhill lighter to a Mexican visitor. The majority of his sales was to new customers.

Fair Director, Mary Claire Boyd, said, ‘This has been a successful week with exhibitors praising the calibre of the buyers. Notable for its consistent trading for many dealers, this has shown that the Olympia fairs continue to deliver. Although the Winter Fair will not continue in its current format, we are encouraged by the appetite amongst exhibitors at this year’s event for something similar to take place at this time of year. We are currently consulting with dealers and aim to make an announcement regarding 2018 in the near future’.

Onsite shippers, Stephen Morris, always a good barometer of overall trading, reported that business had been good for them, sending stock to New York, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, mainland Europe the west coast of the United States and a large amount within the UK. There was also an enthusiastic crowd coming through the link from Spirit of Christmas next door and shopping in the fair.

Howard Walwyn specialist clock dealer, commented that there had been, ‘a regular flow of good existing and potential clients’.  He sold to regular clients who prefer to buy from a fair rather than a shop. Amongst his sales was a John Ellicott, London George III bracket clock with a ticket price of £32,000.  Clock dealer, Richard Price, had sold 18 clocks by Sunday morning, both English and French and with a healthy mix of carriage, mantel and wall clocks. Mark Goodger Antiques sold a German silver cigar set from 1900 to an American buyer and an Art Deco cocktail cabinet to an Italian buyer. Asian specialist, Laura Bordignon, sold a Japanese bronze group of turtles signed Nogami Ryuki from the Meiji period.

Art sold well throughout the week. Walker Gallery sold an Abraham Hulk Senior oil on panel and another work. Old Master specialist, Parker Gallery, sold a Melchior d’Hondecoeter oil painting of birds dated c1660 to a new customer and had positive interest in other works. One of the pieces sold by Julian Simon was an oil by Sir William Gillies, ‘Yellow, Green and Red’, ticket price over £20,000.

New exhibitor, Angus Broadbent from Broadbent, was delighted with his week at the show, meeting new customers and selling a 1960 abstraction by the British painter, Anthony Benjamin. Jersey-based picture dealer, Atelier, had a good week with a strong finish, selling five paintings on the final day.

Glass dealer, Brian Watson, noted a trend in sets of glasses selling. He sold 45 glasses on preview nights in sets of either champagne and wine glasses or tumblers. Fellow glass dealer, Mark West, sold 17 pieces on opening night to a good proportion of new customers.  Richard Hoppe sold Belgium glass by Val St Lambert and a Harrach vase and across the board to a mixture of UK, Japanese and German private buyers.

Hickmet Fine Arts sold a good number of pieces of Art Deco sculpture as well as glass and all of the Deco art on the walls.

New exhibitor, Spink, was delighted with their fair and with the contacts made over the week. Amongst the sales was a Groat coin from the Bosworth Field battlefield (1485), priced in the region of £2,000.

Furniture dealer, S&S Timms, sold several pieces of furniture on preview night and did good business throughout the week reporting a busy fair and a number of new customers. Hansord sold a walnut cabinet on stand to a new UK customer as well as bronzes and objects. He had good decorator interest for possible future sales. Hugh Leuchars sold a French mirror (dated 1820), a coffer and a painting on preview evening.  Art Deco specialist, Jeroen Markies, sold five pieces on the first night including a nest of tables, two chests of drawers and a cabinet. He went on to sell his solid leather, Abercrombie and Fitch, 1960s two metre long rhino footstool, as well as a pair of unusual green topped consoles to a client in Los Angeles. Furniture dealer, J Roger Antiques, sold an early Regency painted armchair and eight pieces of furniture in total.

Collectors were buzzing around porcelain with Alexandra Alfandary commenting on a 'noticeably good crowd' throughout the week. She sold steadily including one of her best pieces, a large Meissen grouping of the ‘elements’. Porcelain specialist, Philip Carol, sold ‘consistently’ all week. Art Deco dealer, Morgan Strickland, ‘sold volume’ totalling around 50 pieces by the close on Saturday. Serhat Ahmed sold Meissen figures and groups through the week, commenting that the European dealers were back and he had sold much more English porcelain than in recent years, the majority going to Chinese buyers.

Silver dealer, Mary Cooke, said that she had a very successful Winter Fair, with highlights including four Rococo candle sticks from 1740 designed by John Swift and various other pieces of hollowware and a wide variety of collectors’ items. Nearby silver dealers, Eastdale Antiques, found their youngest ever collector, selling a piece of silver to an eight year old boy to start his collection.

Anthea AG Antiques sold well and said there was 'lots of good interest from the right people'. Overall, she was ‘delighted’ with the Fair, selling a number of signed pieces to exporters and foreign visitors. She noted that Cartier sold particularly well and declared the fair her ‘best Olympia ever’. Anshul Rakyan sold a variety of coloured stones and signed pieces and had a lot of interest in natural pearls from a number of Chinese, Asian and British customers.  They sold a Cabouchon ruby ring and had a strong show.

The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia 2018 is combining forces with The House & Garden Festival to create London's largest luxury arts and interiors event.

Taking place from Wednesday 20 June to Wednesday 27 June at Olympia, this innovative show will now include House, GROW London and Spirit of Summer, as well as The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia, to create one cohesive event. The individual elements will be distinct but very much complementary. The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will run for three extra days outside the festival to continue the overlap with Masterpiece which will allow the international buyers to attend.



The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 2017, Post Show Report

The Autumn edition of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, which took place in Battersea Park from 3-8 October 2017, saw some very fruitful results. The fair opened with a bang, as the crowds queued through the car park and raced to see their favourite exhibitors.

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Philip Arctander chairs, sold for the asking price of £11,000

"It was a bumper fair”, said long-standing exhibitor Douglas Hill, of Maison et Jardin at French Country, a sentiment shared by many. “It was brilliant”, added Luke Honey

Many dealers reported their best fair ever, and noted many American decorators and trade buyers were present. The fair also saw a far higher quantity of stock sent for export. “There was huge interest from international trade”, commented Henry Saywell, a twentieth century specialist.

The Admiral’s Eyrie in the foyer received much admiration, and sales were made to both decorators and private collectors.

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 C18th painted Spanish panel, sold for the asking price of £4850 

Dealers in decorative furniture, painted European antiques, and accessories including mirrors, lighting and art, had an excellent week, with C20th design items selling spectacularly well. The country house look was in vogue, with chinoiserie style and botanical prints proving very popular. Items for the garden and architectural antiques also flew off the stands.

Exhibitors reporting one of their most successful fairs included Martin D. Johnson Antiques, Lee Wright Antiques & Interiors, Norfolk Decorative Antiques, Nick Jones, Kiki Design, Maison Artefact, art dealers Anthony Hepworth and Catharine Miller, Dorian Caffot de Fawes, L & V Art and Design who said “it has been spectacular”, jewellery dealer Monika Antiques (“It was like the old days.”), Maison et Jardin at French Country, On-Reflection Ltd, Palmer, Adam Calvert Bentley, and Luke Honey

Sales were high, with items priced over £10,000 in demand, and works of art at prices to around £25,000. Footfall was consistently high, and the opening day was one of the busiest in recent years. More than one in three visitors made a purchase.

Kate Thurlow sold a very fine early C18th marquetry cabinet to an overseas trade buyer with an asking price of £14,500. Henry Saywell and Alston & Ashton both sold important C20th chair designs priced around £10,000. Maison Artefact sold a C18th Swedish cabinet with its original glass, ticketed at £15,000. Joshua Lumley sold an unusual antique Turkish carpet priced around £10,000. 

Private buyers were searching for fine and unusual decorative objects; as one exhibitor commented, “It was as if everyone who came was tired of waiting and wondering about what is happening in the world, and really wanted to do some serious shopping.”

“The strength of export sales and trade buying was felt in many quarters of the Fair, and not just on opening day”, said Darren Hudson, co-organiser of the Fair. “It all added to the incredibly positive mood throughout the week. We also drew in large numbers of new private customers keen to make acquisitions.” 

Trade buyers and decorators seen at the fair included Veere Grenney, Rita Konig, Olga Polizzi, Charlotte Crosland, John McCall, Philip Mould, Paolo Moschino, Peter Mikic, Nina Campbell, Soho House, Todhunter Earle, Rose Uniacke, and buyers for Annabel’s nightclub and Harry’s Bar. Amongst the American trade was Rose Tarlow, Obsolete (LA) and Sarah Silver (Massachussetts), Balsamo (NY). There were also trade buyers from Asia and South America.

Well-known faces spotted included artist Jack Vettriano, author Julian Fellowes, US comedian David Sedaris, Bob Geldof and Jeanne Marine, designers Valentino and Andreas Kronthaler from Vivienne Westwood, Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes, Pasha & Rachel Riley from Strictly, singer Sade, actor Richard E Grant, and model Lara Stone.

Jane Juran, Organiser, commented: “Such a positive outcome for so many of our exhibitors is gratifying. We congratulate the dealers for all their hard work sourcing excellent stock and putting on an amazing show. We aim to make the Fair an enjoyable and productive experience for everyone, and I’m delighted it has been a great success.”

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C19th Swedish chair, sold for the asking price of £2500

Below are further comments from exhibitors in many genres represented at the event;

Works of Art

“We sold a substantial number of paintings, the best result we’ve ever had, and have continued to make sales after the fair.” ~ Anthony Hepworth

“We had our best fair ever! It was record-breaking, and we’ve had after sales since Sunday.“ ~ Catharine Miller


C20th Specialists 

“I think that the fair was the busiest it had been for a long time, with huge interest from international trade buyers and private buyers alike. I was particularly pleased to sell a pair of chairs designed by Ib Kofod Larsen, priced around £10,000.” ~ Henry Saywell

“It was incredibly friendly and welcoming! It was upbeat, sales exceeded my expectations and I really enjoyed it.” ~ Philip Thomas

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Khotan rug fragment with rare pattern, sold for the asking price of £1500  

Textiles & Rugs

“I have after sales coming through, there was lots of interest, from customers of all ages, 20s to 80s. People are really keen to use antique rugs for interiors at the moment; they are interested in colour, and texture. Carpets have become quite fashionable again.” ~ Joshua Lumley 

“I loved it.” ~ Bleu Anglais


Collectors' Items & Jewellery 

“One of my best ever fairs. It was like the old days. I sold to the trade, customers I knew from Camden Passage years ago, and private clients who have met me here at Battersea.” ~ Monika Antiques

“[Visitors] weren’t mucking about, they were buying without quibble... A big thumbs up!” ~ Luke Honey


Traditional Antiques 

“I made some excellent new contacts, lots of younger buyers in their 40s.” ~ Marcelline Herald

“One of our best-ever.” ~ Palmer


Decorative Antiques & Design

“Against the political situation it turned out to be a bumper one.” ~ Maison & Jardin at French Country

“It was so buoyant! The footfall was just amazing. It was definitely up there as one of the best.” ~ Maison Artefact

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English Regency wirework garden bench, sold for the asking price of £3950 

The next event will be the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, from 23-28 January 2018. For more information, visit The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair.


The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair 2017 - Post Show Report

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, which took place from 6-8 October 2017 at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, Surrey, was described as a reflection of the current state of the economy, with sales resembling ‘the curate’s egg – good in parts’. The visiting clientele included buyers and enthusiasts from Asia, Surrey locals, people from the home counties, and many from Europe, including France and Italy. 

Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques enjoyed a brilliant fair throughout, with a five-figure sale within the first hour of the event's opening. Many of her sales were to Oriental buyers who had come to London early prior to the Asian sales in the UK. "I was incredibly pleased with the overall result," said Cathy Hunt.

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SOLD by Walton House Antiques - Two of a set of six William IV mahogany dining chairs, priced at £1,850. 

Richard Price, famous for his appearances on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, was also and exhibitor, selling six antique clocks during the fair. "I am over the moon with the response I have received from visitors and am delighted to have helped people find their perfect clock be it a carriage clock, timepiece or wall clock," he said.  

Art of the Imagination sold two sculptures by Paul Kidby: a bronze bust of Sir Terry Pratchett and a large bronze of a dragon entitled Feldspar, priced at £9,950, along with several paintings, illustrations and books. Both sales were to new clients. "I am very pleased with the outcome," said Michael Emeny.

Three more sculptures were sold by Garret & Hurst Sculpture, priced between £4,000 and £10,000: one C19th bronze, one early C20th Carrara marble and a contemporary bronze by Dutch sculptor, Margot Homan

Margaret Cowley, who has exhibited at the past ten annual fairs at Esher Hall, said, "We continue to find the fair comparing very favourably with the larger London fairs. It's a fair where we meet new clients and we still have some potential after-sales on the go."

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SOLD - 'Reflections among the Ruins' by Dominique Alonzo (French, active 1900-1930) gilded bronze, c.1920, priced at £4,500

Mark J West had a successful fair, selling a number of glass and decorative objects. The majority of the jewellery dealers reported selling consistently throughout all three days of the fair. First time exhibitor, Gråsilver met some interesting new clients, who bought a selection of the vintage Scandinavian jewellery.

In the genre of furniture, Walton House Antiques sold a set of six William IV mahogany dining chairs, while Wilsons Antiques sold a Victorian burr walnut dining table, a late Victorian satinwood inlaid Pembroke table and a French carved mahogany armchair. Frank Wilson of Wilsons Antiques commented; "I am pleased that the organisers were able to bring in buyers to the fair, the majority being new to me."  

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SOLD by Richard Price - A French Empire mantel timepiece formed as a vase of flowers, £4,750

A first-time visitor said; "It was a great experience and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting to the dealers who were all very friendly and informative about their subject." 

For more information about the event, visit The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair.


Fine Art Asia 2017 - Post Show Report

Fine Art Asia 2017, Asia’s leading international art fair took place from 30 September to 3 October 2017 in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with a well‐attended Private Preview and Vernissage on 29 September 2017.  Once again, it showcased a broad array of art and antiques from world-renowned galleries, attracting 23,000 knowledgeable dealers, collectors, connoisseurs and enthusiasts.

Taking place at the peak of the October art season in Hong Kong, and coinciding with Sotheby’s and China Guardian’s auctions in the same venue, Fine Art Asia 2017's opening was officiated by The Honourable Mrs Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet‐ngor, GBS, JP, Chief Executive, Hong Kong SAR Government, and showcased more than 8000 stunning works of art, worth a total of over HK$3.5 billion, in its 8,500 square metre exhibition space.

Artworks spanned 5,000 years of cultural history included Oriental and Western antiques; Impressionist, modern and contemporary art including works by Monet and Sisley through to Francis Bacon and Tracey Emin; fine jewellery, antique silver and timepieces; and photography.

Fine Art Asia 2017 boasted possibly the strongest display of Himalayan Art ever seen at an international antiques fair. The dealers and galleries featured have supplied important works of art to leading institutions and highly esteemed private collections worldwide. Strong sales were recorded by Rossi & Rossi (London/Hong Kong), Carlton Rochell Asian Art (New York), Jacques How Asian Art (Brussels), Walter Arader Asian Art (New York) and Tenzing Asian Art (San Francisco).

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Rossi & Rossi, London/Hong Kong - Avalokitèshvara, Nepal, C13th - C14th, Copper alloy, H. 88.9 cm.

Carlton Rochell commented, “Fine Art Asia is now firmly established as the top standard of international art and antique fairs in Hong Kong. We are so fortunate to have participated in the fair this year having travelled all the way from New York. We have made so many new connections to collectors in Asia, especially from Mainland China. It has been a record week for us in terms of sales and we will definitely be back next year. This fair will only get stronger and I would expect an increasing number of international dealers and collectors will be attracted to this event.”

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Carlton Rochell Asian Art, New York - A very fine thangka depicting Scenes of Milarepa’s Life, Eastern Tibet, late C17th, H. 105.4 x W. 61.6 cm. Provenance: David R. Nalin collection. Published: Artful Beneficence, Selections from the David R. Nalin Himalayan Art Collection, Melissa R. Kerin, catalogue of the exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art, New York, 2009, cat. no. 56, cover illustration.

In the Chinese antiques section, new exhibitor Jorge Welsh Works of Art (London/Lisbon), specialists in Chinese export ceramics, reported excellent sales, including many pieces of C18th export ware from the Qianlong period (1736‐1795) at prices to around HK$1.5 million. Art Dreams Ltd (Hong Kong) made important sales including their catalogue piece, a three‐legged Jun ware washer from the Northern Song Dynasty (960‐1127). Nicholas Grindley (UK) sold a number of pieces including a large tixi lacquer circular dish dating from the Ming dynasty, C15th – C16th for US$30,000; and an imposing scholar’s limestone rock with typical Jiangnan style hongmu stand from the Qing dynasty, C18th, for US$25,000.

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Jorge Welsh Works of Art Ltd, London/Lisbon - A large pair of Chinese porcelain fish bowls decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels and gold from the Qianlong period (1736-1795).  Fashionable and valuable high status export items in the C18th, these bowls probably performed a similar function to that in China, being used for rearing fish or for growing lotus.  To this day, large bowls such as these are often placed in the central courtyard of a large Chinese house along with other potted plants in order to re-create a garden setting.

Antique Chinese furniture specialists Ever Arts (Hong Kong) sold 10 pieces, including a huanghuali single plank scholar’s altar table from the early Qing Dynasty, a zitan carved seal box from the Kangxi period (1662‐1722) of the Qing Dynasty, and a large huanghuali carved brush pot priced at over HK$1 million. MD Flacks (London) sold a huanghuali side chair for HK$1.1 million; while half of the pieces in the two galleries’ joint special exhibition “8 Woods” were sold. Maria Kiang (Hong Kong) had good sales, including an Imperial Qing Dynasty, C18th bamboo ‘double gourd’ ink stone. Orientique (Hong Kong) made good sales, including a group of Qing porcelains sold to one collector for HK$4 million.

New exhibitor Runjeet Singh (UK) specialising in Asian arms and armour had a good debut, with sales of a number of pieces in the range HK$14,000 – 850,000. He commented, “I am happy, through coming to Fine Art Asia 2017, to discover a large group of serious collectors in my field from both Hong Kong and Mainland China.”

In the Western art category, Galerie l’Angélus (France), specialising in artists of the Barbizon School, sold “Bords de l’Oise, Le Soir’, oil on canvas, by Charles‐François Daubigny, as well as “Chevrier et son troupeau près du ruisseau” by Louis‐Aimé Japy (1840‐1916). Galerie Dumonteil (Paris/Shanghai/New York) specialising in modern and contemporary art, found collectors for a monumental bronze sculpture “Young Hippopotamus” by Daniel Daviau (b. 1962) and an alabaster “Parrot Head” by Fiori Jean‐Marie (b.1952). Tanya Baxter Contemporary (London/Hong Kong) had multiple sales, including “Winged Figures” by famous British sculptor Lynn Chadwick (1914‐2003) and lithographs by Francis Bacon ‘Study for Portrait of Pope Innocent X after Velasquez, 1989’, and ‘Inside your heart’ by Tracey Emin. 88 Gallery (Paris/Hong Kong), specialising in C20th‐21st decorative arts, sold a modular “Safari” sofa by Archizoom Associati, Italy, as well as a turquoise cabinet by Kam Tin.

In the field of Asian art, Shibunkaku (Kyoto) sold three paintings by renowned Japanese artist Inoue Yuichi (1916‐1985) and several “pure white” works by ceramic artist Kuroda Taizo (b. 1946). Pine’s Art, Taipei, specialising in contemporary traditional literati art and calligraphy, sold 58 out of 80 paintings displayed at the fair. Hanart TZ Gallery (Hong Kong) sold two oil on canvas paintings by Chu Hing Wah (b. 1935) (HK$300,000‐500,000) and a work in acrylic on wood by Gaylord Chan (b. 1925), whose installation of 12 celebratory flags “New Year Trophy” was also exhibited in the public area of the fair. 3812 Gallery (Hong Kong) holding a solo exhibition by Huang Guanyu (b. 1945) sold several works in the region of HK$800,000. Yan Gallery (Hong Kong) almost sold out their works by three Hong Kong celebrities, Benny Li, Anthony Wong and Chip Tsao.

In the Jewellery and Silver category, Boghossian (Geneva/London/Hong Kong) presenting their “Les Merveilles” collection was happy with the fair; while regular exhibitor Susan Ollemans, London, enjoyed good sales, particularly of Mughal Indian jewellery from the C17th to the C19th. Koopman Rare Art, London, enjoyed multiple sales of fine English and Chinese export silver, several gold boxes and a large silver‐gilt cutlery set, in the range HK$3,500‐800,000.

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Koopman Rare Art, London - A pair of George IV ewers, Silver-gilt. Marks: London, sterling standard, 1826-27, king’s head, maker’s mark of Edward Farrell (Grimwade no. 585); marked on underside of lip, H. 42.6 cm, W. 5,200 g, Provenance: Christie’s London, 2 March 1994, lot 47.

An expanded Photography section at this year’s fair featured seven international galleries, as well as the Shanghai Center of Photography (SCoP), the first accredited not‐for‐profit art institution dedicated to photography in China, showing pieces from its permanent collection. Boogie Woogie Photography (Hong Kong) curators of the section, enjoyed good sales, including 10 works by Janese photographer Takeshi Shikama (b. 1948) and 5 by French photographer Raymond Cauchetier (b. 1920).

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Boogie Woogie Photography, Hong Kong - Raymond Cauchetier (b. 1920), Aberdeen, 1954, silver print, H. 30 x W. 40 cm

Andy Hei, Co‐Chairman and Director of Fine Art Asia, said; “Once again this year, we were proud to host almost 100 world‐renowned Hong Kong and international galleries, presenting an outstanding display of museum‐quality fine art and antiques from both East and West. We are delighted that so many galleries met with such a positive response from collectors and art lovers from all over the world.”

Calvin Hui, Co‐Chairman and Director of Fine Art Asia, said; “Fine Art Asia constantly pioneers new categories to excite the new generation of keen and well‐informed collectors in Asia. An expanded photography section, European decorative arts, Asian arms and armour, plus a cutting‐edge virtual reality experience added to the scope of the fair this year. The fair will continue to provide a world‐class platform for the international art world in Asia.” 

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Andy Hei Ltd, Hong Kong : A huanghuali wood solid top table with dragon panels and phoenix aprons, early Qing Dynasty, C18th, L. 220 x D. 44 x H. 84 cm 

For more information, visit Fine Art Asia 2017.


Tribal Art London 2017 – Post Show Report

Tribal Art London, which celebrated its tenth year at Mall Galleries from 6-9 September 2017, was described as “a turning point” by the event's organiser, Bryan Reeves;  “The fair is now evidently attracting enthusiastic younger buyers looking to cross over between contemporary and tribal art.  We also welcomed a number of serious investors who came later in the week – this was a first.  Usually our big-spending collectors are found at the Preview. It’s a strong indication we are reaching new, major buyers.”

The event was consistently busy from its Preview on 5th September, through to its close on the afternoon of Saturday 9th September - a noticeable improvement on the 2016 edition.  The first two hours of the Preview were particularly well-attended, proving visitors' desires to get first choice of the highlights. Reeves commented that he “always had someone on my stand viewing pieces, if not several people. This hasn't necessarily been the case in past years.”  

Business proved steady throughout the week, with some exhibitors making their most important sales as the week progressed.  American buyers were evident at the fair, visiting en route to Parcours des Mondes Paris. Overall sales at Tribal Art London were recorded as significantly higher than 2016.

Exhibitors spoke of the presence of many more younger buyers and collectors, knowledgeable about the art, than at other fairs they have participated in.

Many museum curators were also in attendance, including the British Museum and Royal Academy.  Well-known faces spotted included Sir David Attenborough, actress Julie Christie, UK designer Ross Lovegrove, and trade buyers such as Edric van Vredenberg (Belgium), Parcours exhibitors including Finch & Co (London), Bruce Frank (USA), Kevin Conru (Belgium), and collectors and dealers from further afield such as Mark Blackburn (Hawaii), Mark Pinto (Australia) and Michael Graham Stewart (NZ).

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Adam Prout - Yaure mask, c1900, priced in the region of £4800

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Ken Mackay, Tribal Art Antiques - Rare terracotta Nayarit (ancient Mexican) male hunchback figure, c100BC - 250AD, priced around £2000.

Pieces over the £10,000 mark were sold to established collectors, museums and international trade customers.  Some of these items were negotiated or discussed in advance on the back of advertising and the Fair catalogue to pre-existing collectors and customers met at past TAL fairs.

New exhibitor Mark Eglinton from New York sold an Ivory Coast Ligbi mask, with a detailed provenance, asking price $16,000. Bryan Reeves sold an important C16th/C17th Tellem figure from Mali with an asking price of £14,500. 

The majority of serious sales were between £1500-£2500, with a few notable objects being sold at the £5000 to £10,000 range.

New exhibitor, Emmanuel Ameloot of Belgium, sold a Senfo horse and rider figure for £4,500.  

Rob Temple, a TAL stalwart, sold several Republic of Congo figures priced a little under £5,000.  Co-founder Adam Prout sold a C19th Sudanese child's tunic at £4,000 and a Yaure mask circa 1900 from a US collection at £4,800.  Adam said it was “the most successful fair” he had ever participated in. 

David Malik, UK, also sold Congo pieces, some from the catalogue, in the £2,000-£3,000 price range.

Kenn Mackay sold his catalogue piece, a rare terracotta Nayarit male hunchback figure dating to 100 BC – 250 AD, for a price in the region of £2000. This is a pre-Colombian ancient Mexican statue. 

Louis Nierijnck from the Netherlands made a good number of sales in the £2000-£3000 range such as Nepalese masks and several Ghurra and items of jewellery.  Frans Faber, also of the Netherlands and a new exhibitor this year, commented that while his sales were mostly below the £1,000 mark he had a successful show and met a wide spectrum of collectors.

Lisa Tao and Reuben Reubens, with TAL from the start, sold a special Tiki, an Islamic armillary sphere for £2,000 and other smaller items.

Basketry and textiles sold well, including at Joss Graham Gallery who reported a good show, as did small objects under £500. Kezhia Fields, a new exhibitor with jewellery and adornment made sales including Cameroonian Ndop textiles.  Bryan Reeves sold a Kuba hat to the Congolese embassy, and a Southern African headrest to a South African client priced at around £1500.

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Adam Prout - Sudanese child's tunic, C19th, priced around £4000

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Mark Eglinton - Ligbi Mask

African art led in terms of sales, but other areas such as Indonesian and Nepalese art saw significant sales. Oceanic art, which is less easy to source than good African works, was not as successful, but with a major British Museum exhibition on Oceania opening in Autumn 2018, this area looks likely to increase in interest.

A number of leading interior designers and decorators visited the fair.  With London’s continued development as a centre for luxury living, there is a growing market in the city for tribal art, which typically sits well among understated modern interiors. 

The lectures at Tribal Art London this year had a special focus on tribal tattoos and their meaning, and the status and personal strengths they represent of the wearer.  Subjects included Body Adornment in Contemporary Papua New Guinea (Wylda Bayron), fading Bloodlines by Jessica Phillips, on the threatened practice of tattooing for women in Myanmar, Tatau to Tattoo by Karen Jacobs (Sainsbury Research Centre UEA) on skin marking in the Pacific, and Tattooing in Britain by hand-poke tattooist Martin Poole. Ann Dumas, Curator of the Royal Academy Matisse exhibition, also gave a talk.

For more information about this event and forthcoming editions, visit Tribal Art London.


Post Fair Sales from The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia


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The 45th edition of The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia experienced a busy and successful preview evening, followed by an affluent crowd throughout the 7-day run of the fair. 

Fair Director, Mary Claire Boyd said, “In what are still uncertain times, business at this fair showed very encouraging signs across the board and especially for international sales... Our particular focus on antiques within interiors this year worked well and the experts’ interiors talks series was very well received.”

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Anthony Fell - A rare 17th century Florentine Pietra Dura and ebonised cabinet on stand.

Exhibitor, Craig Carrington, said: “I was delighted to sell to private collectors from Europe and the US. The new look has been very much admired by everyone.” Fellow exhibitor, Thomas Woodham Smith said, “three quarters of my sales have been to the US and the Far East.”

Stephen Morris, the in-house shippers, reported that a significant amount of pieces, which included such diverse items as staircases to paintings and marble dining tables to lanterns, were being shipped out to Bangkok, Beijing, the US and Ireland.

Returning exhibitor, James Brett, who hadn't exhibited for a few years, said, “I am very pleased I came back to Olympia. I have met new customers and done as much buying as selling. It is well organised and has a wonderful atmosphere.” 

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Peartree Collection - A pair of John Paul Cooper candlesticks made of oxidised copper, silver and abalone.  

Antique furniture got off to a great start on the preview evening.

James Brett sold a C17th Ottoman table cabinet with mother of pearl inlay, and an Irish table, both to European buyers. Robin Martin Antiques sold five pieces, including a pair of George II hall chairs to a new customer, and C18th Empire bronzes and vases, some destined for Portugal. 

Wakelin & Linfield sold many pieces, including a George III Dresser. 

Returning dealer, David Bedale, sold well all week, with a number of antique tables, lighting and chairs selling on the first full day. 

Ceramics dealer, Long Tran Antiques, sold an C18th pad foot table alongside a large pair of Jardinieres from the 1870s.

Thomas Woodham Smith sold a Vizapagatan chair from India that was singled out as his favourite piece by top UK interior designer and speaker at the fair, Douglas Mackie.

Anthony James sold 30 varied pieces, including Regency furniture and Queen Anne furniture. He echoed David Bedale when he commented that, “we have been selling useful furniture - as unrestored as possible.”

Patrick Sandberg Antiques sold to a group of Asian businessmen on preview night, and a fine early C19th Regency period well figured mahogany three pedestal dining table, ending on lion paw castors, to an American family for £25,000.

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Anthea AG - David Webb Bombe diamond ring set in 18 carat gold.

Geoffrey Stead sold a marble topped English Dairy table c1820 and a C19th French staircase, with top interior designer, Robert Kime, amongst his customers. 

Hatchwell Antiques sold one of their more modern pieces - a ball chair from the 1960s to new customer, along with other more traditional pieces.

David Barnwell-Collins, Co-Founder of Lignae Fine Furniture who has been exhibiting for the first time in SOFA LONDON, said; "Visitors to SOFA LONDON have been the perfect audience for us, we've had a hugely positive response from the public with significant sales and lots of potential follow up.”

Clock dealer, Howard Walwyn sold well, including a fine William & Mary period (circa 1696) quarter-repeating spring table clock veneered with olivewood, and is expecting a significant amount of post fair business.

Art sold well throughout the week. Taylor Gallery sold a work by Munnings for £85,000. Picture dealer, Charles Plante, commented that the majority of his sales went to US decorators and architects who had flown over especially for the fair. 

First time exhibitor, Freya Mitton sold a Julian Trevelyan oil painting titled, 'The Windmill', on preview night, and went on to sell eight works, including a Tristam Hillier work, 'The Accident', 1944. Fellow new art dealer, Zuleika Gallery sold two etchings by Anthony Gormley.

Contemporary art specialist, Tanya Baxter Contemporary Art sold ‘Queen Elizabeth II’ oil on board for £24,000. The artist, Pipp Todd Warmoth, is an English painter, popular with both private and corporate collectors internationally, including Sir David Tang, Prince Charles and Sir Michael Caine.

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Craig Carrington - Neoclassical Copper, Repousse Bust of a Roman Goddess believed to be by Frederic Auguste Bartholdi (1834-1904), creator of the Statue of Liberty. French, 2nd half of the C19th.


Neoclassical specialist, Craig Carrington, had a very successful fair, which included the sale of a mirror (1775) with original painting by Mary Moser, a celebrated female artist and one of the founding members of the Royal Academy

Silver specialist Peartree Collection sold a John Paul Cooper Shagreen box with agate and ball feet. Janice Kehoe from Solo Antiques said that “business was brisk”, and that she had been non-stop on the Monday.

Ceramics dealer Morgan Strickland was “almost mobbed” on preview night, selling 15 pieces, including a German Art Nouveau pewter and crystal candelabra. 

Meissen specialist, Alexandra Alfandary praised the “understated wealth” of the opening night crowd and sold pieces to new customers in China and Japan. 

Fellow ceramics dealer, Serhat Ahmet sold figurines and groups from across the board with many new international buyers - including a good new buyer from Hong Kong and four Russian customers.

In the category of jewellery, Anthea AG Antiques said; “I've sold unusual, statement piece jewellery from the 1960s and 70s priced between £10,000 and £15,000. This has been one of my best Olympia fairs with 95% of my sales going to new customers.” Grasilver sold multiple pieces, including a very rare Princess Leia necklace from the Star Wars franchise.


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Tanya Baxter - Zeng Chuanxing – Red Paper Bride, oil on canvas, 130 x 150cm.


Appetite for art deco was still strong with Jeroen Markies selling well on opening night, including a French Prost panther to a New York decorator, a pair of mirrors to another American buyer, a dining suite with a side bar, as well as chest of drawers and a pair of large bankers’ chairs. 

Netherlands-based Alexander Ancient Art sold a statue of Peruvian Cuchimilco from 1200 AD to a new customer in the first hour of the fair’s Preview evening.

The Old Corkscrew, from South Africa, selling silver and objects, sold exceptionally well all week. Paul de Grande from Belgium, who only exhibits at the Olympia fair, sold 10 items by Tuesday morning. Mindy Van Aldere Carvalho de Mendonca, Manager of Lisbon-based Zarco Antiques was also exhibiting for the first time. She said: "The first few days of the Fair were particularly good where we sold extremely well and so we are looking forward to returning next year. Our buyers have largely been international, private collectors from America, Australia and Asia looking for unique porcelain, ornaments and furniture". 

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Morgan Strickland - Vase by mid century modern designer, Dino Martens for Aureliano Toso. 

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Wakelin & Linfield - An 18th Century primitive ash and elm Comb Back Windsor Chair.

To find out more about this event, and details of next year's fair, visit The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia.


Expert Guide: How to Package Artwork, Antiques & Unusual Items

Eyestorm, a leading online gallery and retailer of limited edition art, was interviewed on behalf of packaging company Rajapack, as to the best way to package unusual items for shipping.  They reveal:

- How to prepare a print for postage

- The necessary materials for packaging

- Step-by-step guidance on how to package and ship prints

This item is taken from the Rajapack blog.

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With the growth of online shopping comes the expectation that we should be able to get our hands on pretty much anything with a few clicks of a mouse or taps on a screen. According to eMarketer, 2017 is predicted to see 10% of all worldwide retail purchases made digitally.  This means the packaging industry has needed to innovate, to ensure items purchased over the web arrive safely at their destination.

As packaging experts, we know an awful lot about the best way to protect items. Wondering how to package something valuable or oddly-shaped? Follow our step-by- step guides on how to package some of the more difficult things companies or individuals might need to protect during transit.

We’ve also spoken to companies who rely on good quality packaging to get their advice on how to package items so they arrive in pristine condition. 

How to Package a Chandelier

Chandeliers are extremely delicate and fragile pieces. Not sure where to start or how to protect them in a move? Follow our steps to success.

What you’ll need:

 A cardboard box

 Bubble wrap and tape

 Foam wrap

 Loose fill

 Cable ties

 Fragile/This way up labels

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1. It’ll be easier to package the chandelier if it’s hanging. If possible, wrap it in situ or use an industrial hook. If not, be sure to place the chandelier on plenty of padding; cushions, towels and blankets work well. Laying it directly onto a hard surface is likely to damage it. To package the chandelier, first find a suitable cardboard box. Ideally the box should be around three inches larger than the chandelier all the way round. Consider the weight of the chandelier. For heavier chandeliers a double wall cardboard box will provide extra protection and puncture resistance.

2. Remove all light bulbs from the chandelier and pack in a separate box. Look for any other detachable pieces, if any other pieces can be removed, wrap these individually and package them in a separate box.

3. Next, look for any sharp edges that could be damaged during transit. Wrap these with thick packing foam or use cardboard and tape to protect them. Pay attention to the top and bottom of the chandelier, the bottom is where the most pressure will be and, along with the top, it’s the part most likely to be damaged. Wrap these areas well with packaging foam or bubble wrap.

4. Make sure the bottom of the cardboard box is well secured with tape. Cushion the bottom of the cardboard box with foam wrap or bubble wrap. Use your hands to wrap any loose wires and secure with cable ties. Lower the chandelier into the box and hold as upright as possible. Fill the rest of the box with loose fill, making sure these are well compacted so the chandelier can’t move around.

5. Once you’re happy the chandelier is tightly secured inside the box, cover the top with layers of foam or bubble wrap. Close the box and seal with tape. Label all boxes containing the chandelier’s parts as ‘fragile’ and be sure to mark which way up the box needs to be kept. Specialist fragile and this way up labels can be used. 


How to Package Artworks: Tips from the Experts at Eyestorm

Valuable artwork is very precious, and packaging paintings or any other art requires it to be well protected. We spoke to Eyestorm, a leading online gallery and retailer of limited edition contemporary art, to get their advice.

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How does Eyestorm prepare a print for postage?

We flat pack our prints in cardboard and then into a custom made white box with the Eyestorm logo on it. The boxes are standard sizes, either 75 x 75 x 3 cm or 120 x 120 x 3 cm.

Can you talk us through the process of packaging and shipping them?

We’ll take the print and wrap it in tissue paper. It’s then secured onto the cardboard with corners to ensure it doesn’t move around during shipping. Another piece of cardboard is then placed on top and the two pieces of cardboard are secured together with polypropylene tape. The two pieces of cardboard are put into the white box, which is then secured with more polypropylene tape. We then use document enclosed envelopes to address the package and ship it via a 3 rd party a courier.

How to Package Fine China

Small items, such as fine china, can be fiddly to package. No one wants to receive a chipped tea cup.  Take a look at our how to package your fine china so it arrives in one piece.

What you’ll need:

 Tissue paper

 Bubble wrap

 Tape

 Loose fill

 Polyurethane foam liners

 A cardboard box

 A second, double-walled cardboard box, three inches larger than the first

 Fragile labels

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1. First, make sure you’ve enough space to work. Clear a large packing table or workstation, if you do not have a large enough space, lay blankets on the floor to create a big enough surface to see all your materials and items to pack. The blankets will also help protect the fine china from accidental drops and breakage.

You’ll need a cardboard box at least one inch larger than the fine china you’ll be packing inside.  You’ll need a second, double-walled cardboard box at least three inches larger than the first one.

2. Lay out the fine china you need to pack and sort the items into similar sized groups. If your items aren’t similar shapes or are extremely fragile, separate smaller boxes will provide better protection.  These smaller boxes can then be packaged inside the second cardboard box.

3. Wrap each item individually with tissue paper and secure with tape. Then repeat this step with bubble wrap, completely cover each item in bubble wrap, and secure with tape.  With very delicate items prone to breaking, it’s always best to err on the side of caution. A lot of damage to these kinds of items occur because they bump into each other during transit.

4. Take your smaller cardboard box and cut two pieces of polyurethane foam liner to fit snugly inside. Place one section into the bottom of the box and put your first layer of wrapped china on top of this, then cover with about two inches of loose fill. Repeat until the box is 1-2 inches away from being full. Now add the second piece of polyurethane foam, ensuring there is a gentle pressure when you close the box. Be careful not to add too much pressure as this could damage the contents.

5. Add around three inches of loose fill to the bottom of the larger box and place the packed smaller box on top. Use loose fill to fill all the space around the smaller box. Once this is done, close the double walled box and secure all flaps and edges firmly with tape. A fragile label can then be applied to the box.

How to Package Wine: Tips from the Experts at Yapp Wines

Shipping wine? Not sure how to prevent any damage or breakages? We spoke to Yapp Wines, online wine merchants, selling and importing characterful wines from small independent wine makers, to get their advice.

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Talk us through the process of packaging glass bottles for shipping.

As an importer and distributor of wine in the UK, Yapp Brothers handles bottles in two distinct ways.  Imports arrive in a variety of (normally flimsy) cardboard boxes of 12 bottles, but the wine is palletised (as 50 cases) and shrink-wrapped, therefore breakages are extremely rare. We then despatch orders through a UK courier and our own vehicles for next day delivery. These packages can be individual bottles, cases of six, 12 or 15. Neither we, the customer, nor the carrier wants a breakage, so our branded boxes are well-designed to withstand the fulfilment process.  

How easy was it to find protective packaging that perfectly met all your shipping needs?

Not easy, but we’ve honed our packaging over 50 years through collaboration with delivery firms, packaging companies and through trial and error. 

What sort of protective packaging do you use the most?

5mm thick (glued) cardboard boxes that have insert dividers and bases (all 5mm) to add additional protection. Polystyrene inserts are also used in the wine industry, but these aren’t recyclable so we avoid them.

Have you ever had any breakages related to the packaging you use?

Yes, unfortunately, breakages occur but they’re unusual thankfully. It’s expensive when it happens, not least as insurance is very limited in carrying wine bottles. For very rare bottles, specialist couriers are used. During December, we despatched over 2,000 wine packages and total breakages were in single figures (so <1%).

What is the largest order you’ve ever sent?

We regularly send out palletised loads (of 50 cases) to the many restaurants that we supply. We’ve also sent full container loads (15,000 bottles across 25 pallets) to ski resorts. On the whole, larger orders are less likely to be dropped, crushed, lost or stolen than small consignments.


How to Package a Bike

If you’re looking to transport a bike, then it’s important to take precautions so it’s not damaged in transit. Here’s a few of our considerations:

What you’ll need:

 Bubble wrap

 Thick foam tubing

 Loose fill

 A large, strong cardboard box, big enough for the whole bike frame, a cuboid shape is best

 A small box or clear plastic bag to hold any loose nuts or bolts

 Cable ties

 A spanner or wrench

 Allen key (for disassembling the bike parts)

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1. Make sure you have a clear space to work in. Remove any extra accessories, such as lights, mudguards and bottle holders. Wrap these separately and add to the box after your frame.

2. Remove the bike seat. If your seat is attached with a bolt, put this in the separate box or plastic bag so it isn’t misplaced. Then use the spanner or wrench to remove the pedals. If you can, turn your handlebars 90 degrees so they align with the bike frame. If this isn’t possible, you’ll need to remove these too. Unscrew any bolts holding the handlebars in place, but don’t detach any cables. Lower the handlebars vertically so they sit in line with the front wheel. Next remove your front wheel. If you have quick release bolts this is very simple. If not, unscrew any bolts and add them to the box or plastic bag with the others. Let some air out of both tyres before packing them.

3. To protect your bike during transit, first you’ll need to use cable ties to attach the handlebars to the main bike frame. Use foam tubing wrapped around the bike frame to prevent scratches, secure in place with cable ties. Wrap as much of the frame in foam as possible for the best protection.

Where it’s not possible to use foam, use bubble wrap instead and secure with tape.

Cover all cogs well with bubble wrap to avoid the sharper edges scratching the rest of the bike.

4. Fill the bottom of the box with about two inches of loose fill and place the bike frame on top. Then slide your front wheel into the box next to the frame. Add the small box or bag holding any nuts or bolts, along with any accessories removed at the beginning.

Now fill the rest of the box firmly with loose fill. The aim is to use enough so the frame doesn’t move around too much. Once this is done, tape the box shut.

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TEFAF announces new Board Members

TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation), the organization behind TEFAF Maastricht, TEFAF New York Fall and TEFAF New York Spring, as well as the publisher of the TEFAF Art Market Report, have announced eight new appointments to its Board of Trustees and nine additions to its TEFAF New York Advisory Board.

The announcement came from Willem van Roijen, Chairman of TEFAF; "TEFAF is delighted to announce new additions to both the TEFAF Board of Trustees and the TEFAF New York Advisory Board. This year has seen some of the most significant developments within the TEFAF organisation. To keep pace with an ever-changing art market, it is essential that the Board of Trustees is dynamic and forward thinking in its approach to the stewardship of TEFAF, which continues to be an expert guide for the global art community... Alongside this, the development of and additions to the TEFAF New York Advisory Board will ensure that the exacting standards of TEFAF are present in the two fairs which take place annually in New York, in Fall and Spring. The new members of both boards are steadfast in their commitment to the arts, and will help carry forward a system of best practices for TEFAF".

Profiles of each new board member were provided as follows;

Ben Brown

Ben Brown began his career at Sotheby's, where he spent 10 years in the Contemporary Art department, reaching the level of director. During his time there he pioneered the now well-respected Italian Sale, and his particular interest in the subject led Brown to concentrate on this little-represented field in London. Following Sotheby's and prior to opening Ben Brown Fine Arts, Brown spent two years as co-managing director at Waddington Gallery. In this capacity, he exhibited twice at TEFAF Maastricht; since 2009 Brown has exhibited with his own gallery. Ben Brown Fine Arts opened its first location on Cork Street in the heart of Mayfair, London, in 2004.  In 2008, a new exhibition space opened in Brook's Mews, also in Mayfair, designed by architect Alexander Maybank. In 2009, the gallery took its first step in an international expansion with the opening of an exhibition space in Hong Kong. Designed by André Fu, Ben Brown Fine Arts Hong Kong was the first Western gallery to open in the iconic Pedder Building, ooffering a programme of international art exhibitions tailored to the Asian market.

Jorge Coll

Jorge Coll is CEO of Colnaghi and co-founder of Coll & Cortés gallery in Madrid. The son of a Spanish art dealer, he graduated from the University of Pompeu Fabra in 2001 with a degree in Humanities before spending four years working in the family’s art-dealing business. In 2005, in partnership with Nicolas Cortés, he founded the gallery Coll & Cortés in Madrid, which strives to source and sell the best examples of European paintings and sculptures, as well as arts from the Spanish-speaking world. The gallery also applies a scholarly focus on relatively overlooked areas of art history that are rich in quality and cultural significance, most prominently Spanish polychrome wood sculpture. The gallery first exhibited at TEFAF Maastricht in 2012, and has sold important works to over 40 international museums.

Nanne Dekking

Dekking is the co-founder and CEO of Artory LLC, New York and Artory GmbH, Berlin. In his former position at Sotheby’s New York, Dekking was Vice Chairman and the Worldwide Head of Private Sales. His close relationships with collectors and museums in North America, Asia and Europe were integral to the continued growth of private sales at Sotheby’s. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Dekking was Vice President of Wildenstein & Co and he has advised individuals, museums and foundations on the formation and development of their collections. From 1996-2001 Dekking was the founder and principal of Nanne Dekking Fine Arts, an art consultancy firm and gallery in New York. After graduating from the University of Amsterdam he held numerous distinguished positions in The Netherlands, including Deputy Administrative Director of the Dutch National Ballet. He started his career as Assistant Curator of the Historical Collections of HM The Queen of The Netherlands.

Marina Kellen French

Marina Kellen French is the Vice President of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and President of the Marina Kellen French Foundation. An avid supporter of the arts and humanities, Mrs. French is a managing director of the Metropolitan Opera, a fellow of the Morgan Library and Museum, and a trustee on the boards of Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, WNET, and the American Academy in Berlin. She also serves on the Trustee Council of The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC and is a Life Trustee of the Morgan Library.  Mrs. French was educated at the Brearley School, the New York School of Interior Design, and the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1963, she founded Keys to New York, Inc., a business, which supplied interpreters and guides to major companies and the United Nations.  From 1977 to 1989 she served as a member of New York City Mayor’s Commission for Protocol.  Under Mayor Edward I. Koch, Mrs. French was the only woman to serve on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in lower Manhattan.

Georg Laue

Georg Laue is an art historian, curator, and second-generation art dealer. In 1997, he founded the Kunstkammer Georg Laue in Munich’s museum district and has specialized in Kunstkammer objects from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, acting as a curator with museums as well as collectors and galleries. In the splendid historical rooms of his Kunstkammer he exhibits artworks from the 16th- to the 18th- century that were once part of princely Kunst- and Wunderkammer.  Academic research has always been of prime importance for Georg Laue who founded his own publishing house in 1999 and has since produced more than 15 books, all devoted to different themes surrounding the topic of the Renaissance Kunstkammer. For almost 20 years, the Kunstkammer Georg Laue has been an exhibitor at TEFAF Maastricht. 

Heidi McWilliams

Heidi McWilliams is on the Board and Executive Committee of the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. With more than 25 years of experience advising clients on the purchase of art, Mrs. McWilliams has built broad and invaluable relationships in the art and design communities.  Through the years, she has worked on numerous projects with private and corporate clients and has succeeded in putting together extraordinary collections. From 2008-2011, Mrs. McWilliams was retained by Shenzhen Development Bank as art advisor for the redevelopment of major corporate office space in China. Mrs. McWilliams has a great passion for art, enjoys attending art fairs and museum exhibitions around the world and is an avid collector with a keen interest in Post War, Modern and Contemporary works of art, sculpture and photography. She supports museums, cultural institutions and historic restoration projects in the communities where she resides (Manhattan, New York, Watch Hill, Rhode Island, and Palm Beach, Florida) 

Franck Prazan

Franck Prazan graduated from the European Business School (Paris – London – Frankfurt) in 1989. He joined Cartier in Canada as VNSE (national civil service volunteer) from 1989 to 1991 and upon his return to France was then hired by Louis Vuitton Moët Hennessy (LVMH) first at Le Bon Marché then at Christian Dior as Executive Assistant to the Chairman from 1991 to 1994.  Mr. Prazan returned to Cartier International in 1994 as global product manager until Christie’s offered him a position within their French subsidiary in view of the end of the Commissaires-Priseurs monopoly. From 1996 to 2001 Prazan was then in charge of structuring the auction business in France as Managing Director. Franck Prazan left Christie’s in 2001 and co-founded Lasartis (Art Advisory) before taking over Applicat-Prazan in 2004. Applicat-Prazan has been an exhibitor at TEFAF Maastricht since 2002.

Wim Pijbes

Wim Pijbes is the Director of Stichting Droom en Daad (Dream and Do foundation) a private fund supporting arts and culture. He is a Dutch art historian and Emeritus General Director of the Rijksmuseum. His initiatives there have included the museum’s transformation and reopening in April 2013. With the reopening of the Rijksmuseum, he launched Rijksstudio and the open-content museum - the first digital application to offer images of the museum's collection to everyone, free of charge. His strategy made the Rijksmuseum the largest museum on the web worldwide. Pijbes lectures and writes extensively on art, artists, the role of museums in society, copyright, education and the digitization of art. He holds a position of the Humanitas Professorship in the History of Art department at the University of Cambridge, is Chair of the Supervisory Board of Droog Design, Board member of Museum Voorlinden and Board member of the Rembrandt Society. Pijbes was jury member for the new Stedelijk Museum (2007), the British Art Fund Museum of the Year (2014), the Libris Prize for Literature (2015), the Netherlands Best Building of the Year (2015).


The nine new additions to the TEFAF New York Advisory Board hail from the worlds of business, design, arts, culture and academia.  

The announcement came from Michael Plummer, Managing Director of TEFAF New York; "We are thrilled to welcome the new esteemed members of the TEFAF New York Advisory Board, whose opinions and advice help us shape the Fairs now and for the future... They are exemplary in their individual and collective experience... The Board brings together diversified expert viewpoints and we are grateful for their time and considerable expertise. They join us with the commitment to develop a program of art fairs that maintain the highest standards of art business practices in the industry."

The TEFAF New York Advisory Board New Appointees are profiled as follows;

Agustin Arteaga, PhD is the Eugene McDermott Director of The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)

Philippe de Montebello is Director Emeritus of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1977-2008 retired) and currently the first Fiske Kimball Professor in the History and Culture of Museums at New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts.

Layla Diba is an independent scholar, art advisor, collector, and curator specializing in C19th and modern Iranian art.

Kaywin Feldman, PHD is the Nivin and Duncan MacMillan Director and President of the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia).

Alexa Hampton is a celebrated interior designer who owns and runs Mark Hampton LLC.

Julia Marciari-Alexander, PhD is the Executive Director of the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore.

Alejandro Santo Domingo is a Financier and Philanthropist.

Salvador Salort-Pons is Director, President and CEO of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Mitchell Wolfson, Jr is an American businessman, collector, and the founder of the Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach, Florida, and Genoa-Nervi, Italy.


For more details about the organisation and for a full list of trustees and advisors, visit TEFAF.


Exhibitors hail BADA 2017 a success

BADA 2017 came to a close on 21 March 2017 with exhibitors celebrating strong sales and a hugely successful event.  Exhibitors were also impressed with the new look and feel of the fair, and made excellent new contacts with younger collectors.

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Visitors from around the world came to view and purchase traditional, modern and contemporary art, design and antiques at Duke of York Square in Chelsea.  The fair gathered 100 specialist exhibitors from across the UK, including many young dealers, exhibiting at the fair for the first time.  

Furniture sold well at the fair.  Thomas Coulborn & Sons sold an exceptional Anglo-Indian games table, an important Elizabethan coffer and a Regency mahogany breakfront Secretaire bookcase in the manner of Gillows, and Richard Coles of Godson & Coles reported the sale of a George I Scarlet Japanned Bureau Cabinet for a six-figure sum.  Coles commented that "the whole atmosphere of the fair has transformed, footfall is up undoubtedly and we have seen much more dynamic visitors.  The whole feel of the fair is different.  It has been busy every day.  BADA is definitely on a roll."

Jewellery also saw good sales.  Sandra Cronan Ltd showed exquisite items including fine brooches in the shape of insects.  Cronan said, "It has been a wonderful fair, the most enjoyable to do in London; it is elegant, open, airy with a very 21st-century feel. This year’s event has been brilliantly organised, and By Word of Mouth have created a great restaurant with delicious food."

Alan Wheatley Art showed work by Modern British Abstract painters and the London Group, reporting sales ranging from £3,000 to £60,000.  "This year’s event has been very well attended. The audience is really changing. We have definitely had more interesting conversations and made a number of sales, it’s very encouraging," commented Wheatley. 

Jonathan Cooper had exceptional success with a specially commissioned set of ceramics by Georgina Warne.  "We knew they would do well but we didn’t expect to sell out, and we’ve had people wanting to place orders. We’ve done well with our paintings as well," said Cooper.

Marco Forgione, CEO of BADA, said: "BADA 2017 has been an outstandingly successful year. The changes we’ve introduced over the past year have really made a difference. We’ve attracted a wide selection of new buyers and collectors without alienating our existing loyal attendees.  ‘I’m particularly pleased that British furniture has done so well at BADA 2017. We’ve been evangelical about the style and quality of our members’ objects. It seems buyers, collectors and interior designers are now in agreement."

"We worked hard with our exhibitors before the event started to promote their objects and are delighted to have secured a huge number of pre-event sales. I’m also sure that there will be a number of sales over the coming weeks as a result of the conversations started at BADA 2017.

"We are extremely pleased to have hosted dealers, old and new, of such a high calibre at our 25th annual fair. We are delighted to have attracted a greater number of serious buyers and collectors and we look forward to building on these tremendous achievements.

"Visitors to the fair were able to buy with confidence, benefiting from the extensive expertise of BADA members. We are looking forward to our centenary year in 2018 and to welcoming the best dealers in the UK back to Chelsea to build on this year’s success."

On 15 March 2017, BADA announced the Best Stand Awards for BADA 2017, selected by an esteemed panel comprised of Susie Rumbold, president of BIID (the British Institute of Interior Design), Patricia Stevenson, Publishing Director of Tatler, Joe Kennedy, Director of contemporary art gallery Unit London and Kate Slesinger, Publishing Director of House & Garden.

The Best Stand award was given, by unanimous verdict, to first-time exhibitor Isherwood Fine Art, specialists in C16th to C19th British and European portraiture.  The judges loved the understated elegance and sensitive curation of Nicola Isherwood’s display.

The Best Display award was given to first time exhibitor and long term BADA member Michael German Antiques, specialists in arms, armour and antique walking canes.  They are celebrating their 40th year with the Association in 2017.

The Best Object award was given to Howard Walwyn’s Sutton Court Great Chamber Clock.  Made for the Strachey family at Sutton Court, Somerset, it dates from 1672, is over eight feet tall and stands in its original painted wainscot oak case. 

The Best Lighting award was given to Haynes Fine Art.

Visitors to the fair benefitted from the extensive expertise of specially selected BADA members, and every object on display at BADA 2017 was analysed for quality and authenticity by BADA’s specialist Vetting Committee, ensuring only the finest objects were on display, allowing visitors to buy with confidence.


Antiques for Everyone (Spring 2017) - Post Fair Report

Chinese and American trade buyers boosted sales at Antiques for Everyone Spring Fair at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham from 6-9 April 2017. 

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A huge queue formed for the 11.00am opening of Antiques for Everyone

"The busiest first day for many years with buyers queuing up to pay," said Ronald Knee of Alexanders from Somerset, specialising in the Decorative Arts.  Kirsty Lewis of Decouverte said "It’s been a great opening day. People came with the desire and determination to buy, which is so refreshing these days!"  Regular exhibitor Allan Coutts added: "It’s been a damn good fair and full of optimism. Customers like a tried and trusted event with a strong variety of goods at prices across the range."  David Hersey of Antiques Twenty Four, with a wide choice of collectables, said towards the close: "It’s been a blockbuster few days!"

There was a distinct rise in the number of Asian collectors and trade buyers attending the event, purchasing a wide variety of Eastern and Western artefacts across the fair. Drove House Antiques, specialising in Chinese and European ceramics and textiles enjoyed one of their most successful fairs to date, with Steve Sly Japanese Works of Art, specialising in Japanese bronze and ivory sculpture, also doing very well.

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Julian Eade (in the background) with a customer on his stand

Sculpture was strong seller - Hickmet Fine Arts sold a number of items, including five ‘big ticket’ items, several to an international buyer who had flown to the UK for the fair.

Hazlehurst Antiques enjoyed one of their most successful visits to AfE for many years, selling mainly to new clients.

Sales of paintings were led by a large oil painting by Charles Hunt, titled ‘All the Fun of the Fair’, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1846, measuring 31 x 48 inches and sold for £15,000 by Adrian Phippen Fine Art from Totnes

Art specialists also did very well, with John Sheppard from Hove making more than a dozen sales of English watercolours on the opening day alone, and A.J.Art, specialising in C20th oils and watercolours, selling around fifteen paintings in total.

Pottery and porcelain sales were boosted by the presence of the English Ceramics Circle, staging the Spring Feature Exhibition. Jupiter Antiques, Julian Eade, Corscombe Fine Porcelain, newcomer Marsh McNamara, John Newton Antiques, Alexanders Antiques, Philip Carrol and Valerie Main all expressed their satisfaction with sales, to new and regular customers. Scandinavian pottery specialists Lynways from Bristol were especially delighted - "We’ve had to re-stock every day with ceramics and our Scandinavian silver and jewellery. It’s been our best-ever fair. Interestingly, social media seems to have played a large part in bringing in new, younger collectors."

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Ken Marsh from Bristol of Marsh McNamara, a first-time exhibitor at Antiques for Everyone

Furniture specialists also benefited - Art Deco specialist Jeroen Markies sold furniture, art, lighting and bronzes; "It’s been better than ever," said a delighted Jeroen. Melody Antiques made sales every day, clearing their stand of three oak farmhouse dressers, tables, chairs and many smaller pieces. Mark Buckley Antiques, showing late C19th walnut and mahogany also sold well, as did Marvellous Furniture and returning Devon dealer Stephen Dymond Antiques

Delighted Silver and jewellery dealers included Plaza, Gemma Redmond Vintage, Greenstein Antiques, D.B.Gems, T.Robert and Shapiro & Co, and silver dealers Eastdale Antiques, Cotswold Collectables, Highland Antiques and newcomers Grasilver, specialising in Scandinavian pieces.

John Sheppard and Erna Hiscock, specialising in early folk art and rare samplers enjoyed strong sales to both trade and private colectors, and Jonathan Harris Studio Glass saw good business with his contemporary cameo and art glass pieces.

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Sold Farmhouse Dresser from Melody Antiques

The fair hosted extremely well-attended talks from Judith Miller and Will Farmer, the well-known experts, authors and TV celebrities.  Commenting at the close, Fair Director Mary Claire Boyd said: "The appeal of this fair is continuing to spread, especially amongst Asian collectors and this is resulting in good sales. Many exhibitors also noted stronger trade buying than for some time. Dealers and collectors want a very wide range of fresh stock at affordable prices and they want to take it away immediately - which is exactly what AfE provides."

The Summer Antiques for Everyone takes place from 20-23 July 2017.


TEFAF Maastrict enjoys a vibrant marketplace experience

TEFAF Maastricht, which took place from 10-19 March 2017 in the MECC, Maastricht welcomed over 71,000 visitors from around the world, a testament to the wide reaching appeal of the 275 dealers present. 

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Rafael Valls (Stand 341) at TEFAF Maastrict 2017. Image credit Harry Heuts.

TEFAF's 30-year old fair continues to provide a dynamic sales platform for dealers and exhibitors, and with the recent addition of two fairs in New York, the organisation is set to go from strength to strength.

March's event allowed private and institutional buyers to acquire some of the finest works available, and it continues to be an important event for museums, with over 200 visiting.

Patrick van Maris, CEO of TEFAF, said “This year's exhibitors have put on an outstanding display of remarkable objects. To achieve this year on year is not easy: it takes dedication and connoisseurship. Yet again they have excelled themselves and have attracted international collectors from all corners of the globe to Maastricht, it is our job at TEFAF to provide a platform and environment that supports this extraordinary community both today and in the future.”

"For nearly 30 years, TEFAF Maastricht has built a reputation as one of the most important dates on the art world calendar. As principal sponsors since 2004, we at AXA ART have seen the event become firmly established as the world’s pre-eminent art fair, attracting an international network of dealers, collectors and connoisseurs across every category,” said Kai Kuklinksi, CEO of AXA ART, Principal sponsor of TEFAF Maastricht. "We are in constant dialogue with our TEFAF Maastricht partners about the future, and are fully open to exploring the opportunities to extend our partnership.”

In 2016 TEFAF welcomed Invaluable, the world’s leading online marketplace for fine art, antiques and collectibles, as marquee sponsor of TEFAF Maastricht and TEFAF New York.  Rob Weisberg, CEO of Invaluable, commented; “It was a pleasure to deepen our relationship with TEFAF dealers and to explore the inspiring pieces selected to be displayed. The works embodied TEFAF’s reputation for offering only the finest art and antiquities... It’s clear from listening to dealers that it’s critical for them to connect with a new demographic of younger buyers and to extend their reach to prospective buyers globally via digital channels. Invaluable’s partnership with TEFAF can help them achieve those goals while also making it easier for serious collectors to find the objects they love.”

TEFAF Maastricht continuously evaluates its offering and takes initiatives to maintain its position as the world’s leading fine art and antiques fair.  Hidde van Seggelen, TEFAF Board member and driving force behind one such initiative, TEFAF Curated, a sub-section of TEFAF Modern, said; “The aim with TEFAF Curated has been twofold – firstly to present contemporary works within TEFAF Maastricht in order to broaden the Fair’s offering and appeal. Secondly, the diversity presented within Curated sparks conversations, both between visitors, curators, connoisseurs and art world professionals, as well as between objects and cultures.”

Penelope Curtis, Director of the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, who was invited to curate the third edition of TEFAF Curated, this year entitled 'La Grande Horizontale', commented; “It was a different kind of space for an art fair, and within its distinctive design, art works which normally would never meet now spoke to each other in a new way.”

Daan Stots, CEO and Founder of Quintessentially, new concierge partner for TEFAF, said; “Quintessentially is excited to be the concierge partner of the world’s leading art fair, in Maastricht and New York. During TEFAF Maastricht we met so many special people, both members of the organisation, exhibitors and visitors and we look forward to continuing our partnership at the next fair". 

Johnny van Haeften, longstanding TEFAF Maastricht exhibitor and TEFAF Board Member, said, “TEFAF 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of TEFAF Maastricht and my involvement with the Fair as an exhibitor, a Board member and a former member of the Executive Committee. I have seen the Fair grow from modest beginnings to become an organisation that sets standards others strive to follow. Last Autumn saw the launch of TEFAF New York and a new chapter in the Fair's development. The two Fairs in New York, each with their distinct character, add a fresh and exciting dimension to TEFAF and provide greater opportunities for international collectors to discover our fairs. I am confident that this expansion will encourage them to explore further and visit us here at TEFAF Maastricht."

The next TEFAF Maastricht will take place from 9-18 March 2018 at the MECC, Maastricht. TEFAF New York Spring will run from 4-8 May 2017 and TEFAF New York Fall will take place from 27-31 October 2017, both at the Park Avenue Armory.



Dr Gunther Rare Books AG enjoyed strong sales within the first hours of the preview of TEFAF Maastrict (10-19 March 2017). 

The work sold was a compilation of chronicles, created for Willem van Bergh, circa 1455, and housed in the Huis Bergh, now a museum.  The item holds extreme importance in that it is the only known manuscript from the region, written in the regional language of Gelderland, so the museum was delighted to be able to buy it back for their collection.

Antiques News - Dr Gunther Rare Books AG sees strong sales at TEFAF Maastrict

The gallery also sold two miniatures in the first two hours of the Fair's official opening, to an American collector and previous customer of theirs at TEFAF New York Fall.

TEFAF Maastrict also hosted the formal presentation of the TEFAF Art Market Report 2017, as prepared by Professor Rachel A. J. Pownall, TEFAF Chair in Art Markets at the School of Business Economics at Maastricht University, and Van Gogh Chair on Art Finance and Museum Management at TIAS School for Business and Society.  Read our summary of the report here.



The Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair was held in Battersea Park from 24-29 January 2017, hosting 150 exhibitors, and for the first time also hosting LARTA (the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair), on the Mezzanine, with 19 participants.

The 21st Century Gothic foyer display, presenting traditional gothic designs in a modern setting mixed with C20th works was a much commented upon feature.

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Exhibitors reported good business done with the trade and private clients who were “willing to spend”, as well as high numbers of new customers throughout the week, and notable international decorators buying in quantity.

Dealers in C20th design, decorative and painted antiques, decorative art and traditional prints, objets and accessories such as glassware, ceramics, folk art and collectors’ pieces, reported a very strong Fair, including Fiona McDonald (best-ever Fair), C20C (best-ever Fair), The Modern Warehouse, Maison Artefact, Nick Jones, Richard Hoppé, Odyssey Fine Arts, Fontaine, Brian Watson Antique Glass, Martin D. Johnson, D.J. Green Antiques, Sandy Stanley (jewellery), Henry Saywell, Foster & Gane and Brownrigg.  Sales of traditional and classical antiques were successful for a number of exhibitors including Nadin & Macintosh, Gaby van Schagen, Drennan & Sturrock (best-ever Fair), Leuchars and Wakelin & Linfield.

One of the most significant sales of the Fair occurred on the opening day - a George III period large steel ‘Roman Bath’ circa 1805 which was widely admired in the trade, and came from Sir John Soane’s Pitzhanger Manor.

Famous faces spotted at the Fair include David Beckham, Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch, Fiona Fullerton, Evgeny Lebedev, Guy Ritchie, Tim Wonnacott, and Jeremy Clarkson.

International trade and interior decorators visiting the fair included Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Ray Azoulay of Obsolete and Ken Fulk; Rose Uniacke, Nina Campbell, Flora Soames, Max Rollit, Edward Hurst, Nicky Haslam, Timothy Whelan, John Minshaw and Louise Bradbury; and designers William Yeoward, Sir Paul Smith, shoe maven Patrick Cox, and fashion’s Matthew Williamson and Julian McDonald.

There was universal praise for the presence of LARTA on the Mezzanine, with the exhibitors expressing their delight with the experience. The fair's organiser, Aaron Nejad, was enormously pleased with its reception and at how well the event had transitioned to its new home, describing the event as a “...great success.”  Read more about this event, the exhibitors, the feedback and the items sold in our LARTA post.

Jane Juran, Organiser, was pleased to report that “the Fair received very positive feedback from visitors about the overall look and calibre of stock displayed, and it was good to hear from so many dealers that clients were intent on making purchases.  Our exhibitors continue to offer a fabulous and varied selection that clearly appeals to a wide range of tastes, age groups and budgets.  It is thanks to them that the Fair makes such a memorable impact on visitors, whether trade or private buyers.”

The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair will take place in Battersea Park from 4-9 April 2017.  For more information, visit the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair.


2017's London Antique Rug & Textile Fair (LARTA) which took place for the first time in its new venue of the Mezzanine at the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair and Battersea Evolution was a runaway success.

The busy, exciting and vibrant event drew praise from visitors, decorators and members of the trade alike, especially in regard to the eye-catching presentations by the 19 exhibitors, which included two specialist collectors' magazines.

The exhibitors were delighted with the venue, the space, their stands, the layout, and the view over Battersea Park. They felt they benefitted enormously from the greatly increased 'passing trade' compared to their previous venue in Marylebone, resulting in high numbers of new visitors, allowing them to conduct some very good business and meet new decorators, collectors and private clients.

In addition, their appealing displays also made a buzz on social media, providing potential for further contacts who were unable to attend in person.

As the event's organiser, Aaron Nejad puts it; “It could not have been better!“

Here are just a few items of feedback from some of the exhibitors.

Liberty Oriental Rugs (New exhibitor)

“It was a good show – we’re really happy. Our stand garnered a great deal of attention [it was designed to represent the frontage of the famous London store], promoting our department in general. It was definitely worth it!” said Bruce Lepere. Sales were split 50/50 between antique rugs and contemporary designs, including ‘Secret Garden’, one of Liberty Oriental Rugs’ new silk range launched at LARTA, priced in excess of £15,000 and a nice antique kelim to a private buyer, and a Turkoman camel trapping to a collector priced in the region of £3000. 

Aaron Nejad (Organiser)

“I’ve made sales to decorators I have not met before, and generally it could not have been better. As organiser I’m delighted with how the show has been welcomed to Battersea by the Decorative Fair, and all our LARTA exhibitors have had a positive experience, meeting new customers. And there is lots of potential for after-sales.”

C. John (Rare Rugs) Ltd (New exhibitor)

Leon Sassoon said: “We’ve met masses of interesting new people, re-connected with old friends, including decorators. I’ve loved it, it’s been fun.”

Peta Smyth (new exhibitor)

Met “a host of people and decorators we’ve never met before.” Sales included a good C18th Indian Deccani floor cover embroidered in floss silk and couched metal thread c1750 ticketed at £5000 (to a new international decorator client).

Marilyn Garrow

“I loved it!” Met regular clients, new collectors and decorators including Nina Campbell and Chelsea Textiles, and had a very good Fair.

Andy Lloyd

Very much enjoyed the experience, quite different to previous specialist fairs including past LARTAs. Sales were mainly to new private customers, including a Swiss collector who came to London specially to visit LARTA, and a US collector who happened to be in London and was delighted to attend the event. “It has been a very positive experience.” Sales included an early Coptic panel dating to circa C8th AD priced in the region of £2500. 

Gideon Hatch (New exhibitor)

Contemporary rug designer/maker. “It’s been fantastic! I met lots of really good people, and have plenty of post-event projects to now follow-up, including showing rugs in homes to new clients, and ordering a number of bespoke pieces. The visitors truly embraced seeing something so different [abstract contemporary rug designs] at Battersea.” Clients were half trade, half private buyers, including plenty of new decorators.

Owen Parry

An enjoyable week meeting new people, and catching up with a good number of the trade. Met a new American collector, and made strong sales to the London trade. Other sales included a fine 17th century Ottoman boche (turban cover), and a good Persian antique rug. 

James Cohen

“It was a very busy week meeting new people, and I have plenty of post-Fair appointments to show rugs in private clients’ homes, and other leads. I had a number of new enquiries via LARTA Live online at the website, and on-going enquiries from decorators.”

Galerie Arabesque

“I think LARTA at Battersea has a future; the new visitors we met this time will come to understand the high quality and variety of the rugs and textiles offered for sale. The daylight on the Mezzanine was wonderful and the vista up and down the aisles, too. Several people commented on the souk-like atmosphere; they obviously enjoyed discovering LARTA.” Sales included an C18th Ottoman turban cover TP £3000.

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Andy Lloyd - Antique quilted ikat coat (chapan) from Uzbekistan. Excellent condition. Third quarter 19th century. TP iro £2500, sold to an American client.

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James Cohen - Handsome decorative Oushak carpet, Western Anatolia. Circa 1890. Priced in the region of £15,000, sold to an international decorator.

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Liberty Oriental Rugs - Secret Garden, Contemporary silk rug hand- woven in Laos. Priced in region of £15,000 (Sold).

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Peta Smyth -  C18th Deccani floor spread, India c1750, embroidered in floss silk & couched metal thread. Priced in region of £5000, and sold to an international decorator.

Unsurprisingly, every exhibitor at LARTA has expressed an interest in re-booking for 2018.


BADA (The British Antique Dealers’ Association) has announced that Geoffrey Munn OBE, Managing Director of Wartski Ltd, is to take on the post of Chairman of the Friends of the BADA Trust.

Geoffrey Munn OBE announced as Chairman of BADA Trust

Geoffrey Munn, OBE

Geoffrey is one of the world’s leading jewellery specialists and has over 40 years' experience at Wartski. He is a published author, has curated several specialist exhibitions including ‘Tiaras’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 2002, and is the longest-running jewellery specialist on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow, having joined the programme in 1989.  Munn is also an ambassador for the Samaritans and Pancreatic Cancer UK, and in 2012 he received an OBE for his services to charity.

The Friends of the BADA Trust was formed in 1991 to allow members of the public to participate in the work of the Trust, raise awareness of BADA members’ cultural and educational activities, and to promote knowledge and appreciation of the fine art and antique trade.

The work of the BADA Cultural and Educational Trust includes sponsorship of full time restoration and conservation courses, travel awards and fees for students, as well as assisting with the purchase of important items for national museums.

Chairman Geoffrey Munn said: “I am honoured to accept the role of Chairman of the BADA Trust and I look forward to continuing the great work of my predecessor John Bly... As dealers, we are privileged to live and work with exceptional objects on a daily basis and I believe it is our duty, via the work of the BADA Trust, to ensure that those outstanding works of fine art, design and antiques are not only enjoyed by the widest possible audience but also by many generations to come.”

For more information about BADA, visit BADA.


LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antique Dealers has announced the winners of its Best Stand Awards at the Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia (31 October - 6 November 2016).


LAPADA The Association of Art & Antique Dealers


The judges for this year's competition were ATG Editor Noelle McElhatton, Nicholas Somers, Master, The Worshipful Company of Arts Scholar, and interior designer and consultant in Fine Art and Antiques Caroline De Cabarrus of Hotspur Design.

Best Stand: Ancient & Oriental

Ancient & Oriental

The judges felt that this exhibitor's use of the curtains to frame the stand was innovative and created intrigue.  Inside the stand, carefully curated items were made easily accessible to viewers, and their appearance was highlighted and enhanced by the use of a simple black backdrop.

Best stand using display cabinets: Matthew Foster

Matthew Foster

The judges felt that this stand, which focussed on jewellery, silver and glass from the Art Deco period, showed the exhibitor's great efforts in creating a cohesive visual identity throughout the display.  Strong orange and black backdrops were indicative of the period and arresting colours on which to present the fine jewellery and objets d'art.


Best stand displaying pictures or textiles: Haynes Fine Art

Haynes Fine Art

The judges felt that the exhibitor worked hard to present a stand with an intimate feel, given its large size and prominent position, by creating smaller areas of display.  Pictures were well-hung and well-lit, giving the viewer a chance to step back and fully appreciate them, and the use of furniture provided a comfortable feel, allowing the viewer to imagine how the paintings would look in a home.  Overall, the judges felt that this stand was very professional and would give confidence to the potential buyer. 

Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, commented: “We are always impressed with the quality of the stand displays from LAPADA dealers and these awards are a great way to celebrate them. We know that the impact of a stand out display can improve sales and from the point of view of a visitor they enhance the experience.”

For more information on this event and future events, visit LAPADA.


LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antique Dealers and AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers have announced that they have formed a reciprocal partnership that will see joining fees waived for new applicants who also hold a membership with the other.

LAPADA The Association of Art & Antique Dealers

Rebecca Davies, LAPADA Association CEO, comments: “Attracting a wider representation of female dealers is something we support. AWAD shares LAPADA’s commitment to offering its members the skills and expertise to trade competitively within the international art market. We look forward to working together and encouraging collaborations between the two groups.”

AWAD, the Association of Women Art Dealers

Susan Mumford, Founder and CEO of AWAD, adds, “The support of art dealers’ enterprises is increasingly vital in a rapidly evolving world. With distinct types of support for members, notably LAPADA’s annual fair and AWAD’s focus on peer-to-peer networking on an international scale, differing needs of dealers are met by the two organisations. We look forward to seeing members’ businesses thrive all the more as a result of tapping into both trade associations.”

For more information about both organisations, visit LAPADA and AWAD.


The BADA is partnering with Apollo Magazine to present their latest seminar in the #BADATalks series, entitled; 'Engaging with the art and antique press: What now and what next'.  The event will take place on Thursday 29 September 2016 at Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London.


The seminar will examine art journalism in its present form, and analyses how the growth of digital publishing has affected art market coverage and journalistic integrity.  It will then go on to advise dealers on how to create engaging content with writers and editors, express the importance of high quality imagery, and discuss the benefits of using social media.

Apollo Magazine editor Thomas Marks will be serving as chair for the panel discussion, which features experts representing the world of digital and print media, PR and communications.

Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “Understanding how art market journalism is changing and effective strategies for dealers to get their messages across to key audiences is an essential business skill. I’m delighted that BADA has partnered with Apollo to explore this key issue.

#BADATalks has been established to help support, educate, inform, advise and offer guidance. This session will offer a thought provoking insight into ways in which members can be more effective in communicating to their target audiences of buyers and collectors.”

Thomas Marks, Apollo Editor, said: “Journalism and the media have shifted so dramatically in the digital age as to be almost unrecognisable from how they were 15 or 20 years ago.

And that’s made for a lot of changes to how the art market is reported and represented in the press, from what attracts the attention of writers and editors, to the tone of journalism, the value of images, and how stories target and reach readers.

This seminar will offer an insider’s view of the art trade, helping to ensure that dealers can best be prepared for press enquiries and to secure coverage – not the easiest thing in a world where so many people are jostling for attention."

The event takes place on Thursday 29 September 2016, from 3.30pm - 7.00pm.



3.30pm - Welcome Refreshments

4.00pm - Panel Discussion

5.30pm - Networking Drinks



The Caledonian Club

Halkin Street




To book your seat and learn more about the programme visit BADA Seminar.  



The Harrogate Art & Antique Fair is pleased to announce it has a new Northern Consultant for the Autumn Harrogate Art & Antique Fair.

Crispian Riley-Smith, an art valuer, art agent, art events organiser and art dealer, has joined the organisational team for the upcoming fair which runs from 28 September until 2 October 2016 in central Harrogate.

Crispian Riley-Smith

Fair Director Louise Walker says; "Crispian and his experience with London Art Week and Master Drawings New York will be a great asset to the Fair, he brings a fresh eye... Crispian lives in North Yorkshire and hopes to bring a local as well as a national outlook to the fair... it is going to be exciting to work with him and his new ideas on such an established event".

For more information, visit Harrogate Antique Fair.


BADA and ABA Join Forces

The UK's leading antiques and antiquarian associations, BADA (The British Antique Dealers' Association) and ABA (The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association) have joined forces to work towards closer cooperation and greater support for both membership groups.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the two associations means that the members will gain access to each other's annual fairs, to work together on the creation and delivery of seminars and workshops, and benefit from joint promotional activity.  ABA members will also be able to take part in forthcoming BADA auctions, and co-operate on campaigning and lobbying initiatives such as the #MakeTaxFair campaign.

Previously, BADA and ABA had collaborated as members of BAMF (The British Art Market Federation), but this new initiative will allow a broader scope for co-operation and support between the associations.

BADA was founded in 1918 to fight Prime Minister Lloyd George's plans to introduce tax on antiques.  It now represents leading members of the fine art and antiques communities who are known for their exemplary expertise, stock and business practices.

ABA is the senior trade body for dealers in antique books and manuscripts, setting the industry standard for expertise and integrity for over a century.  They boast membership across the UK, as well as many of the world's leading booksellers.

Michael Cohen, BADA Chairman, said: “I am very happy to be working with an association that shares our values of expertise, excellence, experience and ethical trading, and I look forward to a new era of cooperation that will enhance the benefits of both our memberships.”

Michael (Oscar) Graves-Johnston, ABA President, said: “Our collaboration with BADA can only enhance both associations. I believe we will mutually benefit from each other’s knowledge and acumen, to promote and maintain our very highest standards.”

A joint task force, created out of the Memorandum of Understanding, will be meeting shortly to explore further areas for co-operation and support between the associations.

For more information, visit BADA and ABA.


BADA has appointed Marco Forgione as CEO. Forgione will take up the post on Monday 7 September. This newly created post has been established as part of
BADA’s transformation strategy, as the association.  Forgione is a marketing and communication professional with considerable senior experience in transforming associations. Forgione joins BADA from EVCOM (the Event and Visual Communication Association) the membership association for the events, film and digital communication industry, where he was CEO for seven years.

Forgione led the creation of EVCOM, which was formed by the merger of two trade associations, Eventia and the International Visual Communication Association (IVCA). This new executive team combined with the recent appointment of Victoria Borwick MP as BADA President provides BADA members and the association with a dynamic, effective and experienced team that will ensure BADA remains a significant leader for the art and antique trade, both nationally and internationally. BADA Council’s rigorous search for their CEO was undertaken by Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson, the UK’s leading executive search firm.

Chairman of the BADA Council, Michael Cohen, commenting on Marc Forgione’s appointment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Marco to lead BADA’s team and to help us promote everything BADA and our membership represent to the wider world. “His experience in transforming associations, working internationally and prepares for its centenary celebrations in 2018.

Forgione’s appointment establishes a uniquely talented team to lead BADA at a time of change and opportunity in the art and antiques industry. As CEO Forgione will be supported by Mark Dodgson, who will continue as Secretary General. Dodgson has a longstanding and in-depth knowledge of the antiques trade and the particular issues and challenges faced by dealers. Forgione’s appointment is the latest and most significant step in BADA’s reorganisation of the executive team, following the recent appointment of Madeleine Williams as BADA Fair Manager.

Forgione is a marketing and communication professional with considerable senior experience in transforming associations. Forgione joins BADA from EVCOM (the Event and Visual Communication Association) themembership association for the events, film and digital communication industry, where he was CEO for seven years. Forgione led the creation of EVCOM, which was formed by the merger of two trade associations, Eventia and the International Visual Communication Association (IVCA).

This new executive team combined with the recent appointment of Victoria Borwick MP as BADA President provides BADA members and the association with a dynamic, effective and experienced team that will ensure BADA remains a significant leader for the art and antique trade, both nationally and internationally. BADA Council’s rigorous search for their CEO was undertaken by Berwick Partners, a division of Odgers Berndtson, the UK’s leading executive search firm.

Chairman of the BADA Council, Michael Cohen, commenting on Marco Forgione’s appointment, said: “I am delighted to welcome Marco to lead BADA’s team and to help us promote everything BADA and our membership represent to the wider world.“His experience in transforming associations, working internationally and building effective membership brands will be invaluable in leading BADA, helping our members exploit existing and future opportunities and in overcoming the challenges our industry faces. As we look to celebrate our centenary in 2018 BADA has invested significantly in ensuring we have the team to build an organisation ready to lead our industry for the future.”

Marco Forgione, BADA CEO, said: “I am excited to be joining BADA at this momentous time, in particular as we look forward to our centenary in 2018. “BADA represents an exclusive community of recognised experts, internationally regarded leaders in the art and antique industry. As CEO it is my role to lead in transforming BADA, to help our expert members overcome the challenges our industry faces and to seize the tremendous opportunities which exist both in the UK and internationally. “A very firm foundation has been built over the past 97 years, current initiatives such as BADA’s Certificates of Provenance have provided new opportunities for the membership and the BADA Fair is internationally recognised as a leading business platform for the art and antiques market. I am looking forward to using my skills and experiences to develop the organisation so that it continues to remain ready and fit to lead the art and antique industry for years to come.”





TWO of London’s best known and experienced public relations and marketing firms specialising in the art market have merged to form a new and formidable strategic arts consultancy.

Diana Cawdell and Freya Simms, respective managing directors of Cawdell Douglas and Gong Muse , have joined forces to launch Golden Squared Consulting, named after Golden Square in Soho where their office is based.

In their long careers the two have worked with the very top names of the art world, Diana represents TEFAF Maastricht in the UK and Freya numbers Masterpiece among her clients. In a way the merger is a logical step forward but it still came as a surprise to many.

“Between us Freya and I have worked with some of the most highly regarded international art businesses and we share a vision for the future” says Diana.

Freya added: “We have both been punching well above our weight in terms of delivering effective, insightful and valuable strategies for many years. We head up two exceptional teams and latterly have both felt our only restriction has been our respective sizes.”



The British Antique Dealers' AssociationFollowing the decision of the Council of the BADA, The British Antique Dealers' Association, to admit international members in 2014, the names have been announced of the first two eminent new members both from the USA.

Elle Shushan, based in Philadelphia, is the largest resource for quality portrait miniatures in America, dealing in American, British and European miniatures, ranging from the 17th to 21st centuries.

Lawrence Steigrad Fine Arts, New York, deals in Old Master and British paintings, drawings and sculpture, with a particular emphasis on portraiture. They are located on the Upper East Side of New York, close to the Frick Collection.

The association also welcomes new members from the UK:

Alexandra Alfandary has over forty years’ experience dealing in 19th-century Meissen and other European porcelain. She has sourced works for significant country houses and major collectors of fine porcelain.

Beaux Arts London known for its carefully chosen stable of modern British artists as well as contemporary painters and sculptors. Alongside established names such as Lynn Chadwick, Patrick Heron and Elisabeth Frink it nurtures emerging talents.

Ted Few is a private dealer noted for his ability to source idiosyncratic works of art, mostly in the form of European sculpture, paintings and drawings.

Leuchars specialises in 18th- and 19th-century English and French furniture. Hugh Leuchars is based in Hampshire, and exhibits at a number of London fairs.

Philip Mould & Company, has a reputation for its distinctive British portraits, Old Masters and portrait miniatures. The Dover Street gallery hosts regular exhibitions.

“We are delighted to welcome these new members to the British Antique Dealers’ Association”, said Mark Dodgson, Secretary General of the Association. “Between them these dealers represent a diverse range of specialisms and are each known for their expertise and high quality of their stock in their respective fields.”

Four of the new members will be participating in the annual BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, Alexandra Alfandary, Beaux Arts London, Philip Mould & Company and Ted Few. The dates for 2015 are 18 to 24 March, and all members now have the option of providing buyers with BADA Certificates of Provenance, an initiative that was launched last year.

The BADA have produced the following video of the fair BADA Fair tour video

Tickets and full exhibitor information available via The BADA Antiques Fair


LAPADA ConferenceThe seventh annual LAPADA Conference - one of the only industry forums of its kind in the UK’s art and antiques trade - will be held on Tuesday 24 February 2015, from 9:30am to 5pm in the Cholmondeley Room of the House of Lords. The event is kindly sponsored by Antiques Trade Gazette, Besso Limited, Cadogan Tate, Dedar and Rawlinson & Hunter.

Focusing on topics varying from branding and employment law to interior trends, industry experts will share specialist advice and insights on many of the key issues that pertain to art and antiques businesses. This follows the success of last year’s conference programme, which included retail guru, Sir Stuart Rose, as a key note speaker.

Scheduled talks include:

What does your branding say about your business? Does it accurately reflect you and what you do? Is it clear, consistent and creative? Respected Brand Consultant, Rebecca Battman, explains the importance of branding and gives tips for how you can ensure a strong identity across all media.
Rebecca Battman, Brand and Marketing Consultant

Simple tips on how to avoid common pitfalls when dealing with employees and what you should do if problems arise. Employment lawyer, Ray Wann, will take questions from the audience about general issues in HR and employment law.
Ray Wann, Partner in the Employment Group of Sheridans

Peter Kellner is an English journalist, political commentator and President of YouGov, the UK opinion polling organisation. He will discuss what YouGov’s public opinion research is indicating for the results of the upcoming elections and what impact this may have on retail businesses.
Peter Kellner, President of YouGov

A discussion panel with interior designers and design editors will explore current trends in interior design and decoration. The panel will discuss what styles are on the up and how art and antiques of different eras can be blended into modern schemes. This will also include suggestions on presentation within a retail or fair environment.

The LAPADA Conference 2015 returns to the House of Lords for a third consecutive year by courtesy of the association’s chairman, Lord Chadlington, who will chair the proceedings. Previous venues have also been places of cultural interest, including Blenheim Palace, Waddesdon Manor, the Wallace Collection and the Goldsmiths’ Hall.

A three-course lunch will be served in The Cholmondeley Room, providing an opportunity to meet and network with colleagues and speakers.

Tickets are available to the public and early booking is advised.

LAPADA will offer delegates the exclusive opportunity to see the inside workings of the House of Lords and House of Commons, for those able to arrive by 8.40am for a 9am tour. Those who wish to take part in the tour should indicate their desire on their booking form.

Tickets for the event can be booked via LAPADA Conference tickets


With a reputation for turning around struggling retailers, the former head of Marks & Spencer Sir Stuart Rose addressed a sell out audience at the 6th annual LAPADA conference on Monday 24 February 2014 at The House of Lords.

Imparting his top tips for retail success, Sir Stuart's over-arching message was that the retail market was a constantly changing industry and that retailers must embrace these changes if they are to succeed. To do this, he recommended that they maintain a love for what they do, be prepared to take risks and trust what they see in order to keep things simple. While it is important to plan ahead, being affected by the actions of others is unavoidable and to manage this effectively he suggests exercising flexibility. A quality never more important than in this 24 hour world we live in. Reassuringly, his last piece of advice was to have fun in your job.

Consumer psychologist and professional speaker, Philip Graves, gave an informative presentation on the art of retail psychology, offering practical advice on how to help you sell more. Nigel White discussed international cultural etiquette, informing listeners that the right awareness and attitudes to a potential client’s culture can make or break a deal. Renowned arts economist, Dr. Clare McAndrew, gave the last talk of the day, an overview of her in-depth studies on the latest art market trends, global growth hotspots and how the UK is perceived by buyers and collectors around the world.

LAPADA CEO, Sarah Percy-Davis, noted that perhaps the most powerful message of the day was from Sir Stuart Rose: “Today’s customers are far from King, they are genuinely the master of the universe. They want what they want, when they want it and how they want it; if you can’t provide it you're dead. Customers are very selective and very discriminating, they understand quality and value and they are looking to trust the people who they transact with. Trust is a very important asset in the 21st Century retail market.”


Editor of Homes & Antiques Angela Linforth, David Asher of Country Life and Mary Narvel of the Art & Antiques Group of Chelsea Women's Club had its work cut out judging the LAPADA Awards at this year's Winter Olympia Antiques & Fine Art Fair for LAPADA

LAPADA Best Stand, LAPADA Best Stand Displaying Pictures or Textiles and LAPADA Best Stand Using Display Cabinets.

The judges, who were on the look out for exceptional layouts, outstanding quality and overall impact and it was the smalls that stood out this with Dutch dealers De Eenhoorn taking the best in show with their cabinet of curiosities.

Based in Zaltbommel, The Netherlands, De Eenhoorn are
dealers in Gothic-Renaissance Works of Art & Ceramics.
Judges commented: “A cabinet of curiosities displayed in
antique cabinets, drew you in with a diverse range of objects. The stand stood out as a clear winner on every level. It could almost be a vignette from a Dutch still life, any visitor purveying the stand who found an object to tempt them would experience a sense of discovery.”

Best Stand Using Display Cabinets: Hampton Antiques
Northhampton based Hampton Antiques are specialists in the finest antique boxes and accessories. Judges commented: “Objects immaculately polished and beautifully lit, good groupings of similar items made for easy negotiation of the stand, excellent use of available space including the full height of the stand.”

Best Stand Displaying Pictures or Textiles: Willow
Based in London, Willow Gallery ( deals in British and European 19th and 20th century paintings. Judges commented: “Another clear winner, the stand was alluring and professionally laid out. A warm neutral colour scheme, the wallpaper added a classic modern feel, the floating free standing panels drew the visitor onto the stand whilst giving a glimpse of what lay beyond.”