BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association, is pleased to announce the 25th anniversary edition of its annual fair, BADA 2017. The fair will welcome over 90 specialist exhibitors from across the UK and will offer collectors, curators, art professionals, interior designers and general visitors the chance to view and purchase outstanding pieces of traditional, modern and contemporary art, design and antiques.
BADA was established in 1918 and is the leading trade association for dealers in fine art, design and antiques. BADA 2017 (15-21 March) will combine unrivalled expertise with fine objects and luxury presentations; leaders in their fields will show painting, sculpture, furniture, ceramics, jewellery, glass- and metal-ware, amongst others. In anticipation of BADA’s centenary year, BADA 2017 will unveil a new creative identity for the fair, highlighting BADA’s commitment to beautiful objects that can become cherished additions to the home. The new design will also underline the fair’s imaginative and creative juxtaposition of the contemporary and the modern with the antique.
A number of dealers will exhibit for the first time at BADA 2017, including Mallett, Anthony Outred, Peter Petrou and joint exhibitors Alexander di Carcaci and James McWhirter. BADA is especially delighted to welcome a number of young dealers in 2017, including Matthew Holder Works of Art and The Parker Gallery. There will also be a particular focus on modern and contemporary presentations, highlighting the scope and variety of BADA 2017’s exhibitors. Amongst others, Beaux Arts London, Jonathan Cooper, Peter Petrou, Matthew Foster and John Adams Fine Art will all display 20th century and contemporary work.Their presentations will be complemented by a number of traditional displays, with BADA 2017 incorporating objects and artworks spanning at least 11 centuries. A selection of the oldest works at the fair will be displayed by Gibson Antiques, who specialise in Chinese and Japanese ceramics and works of art. A number of exhibitors will show presentations pairing diverse time periods. John Adams Fine Art, who specialise in 20th century French art, will display paintings and sculpture from contemporary French practitioners alongside modern works.
Godson & Coles and Peter Petrou specialise in combining antiques with modern and contemporary works, respectively. Peter Petrou will combine the work of designer Joseph Walsh (b. 1979) and sculptor Jamie Salmon (b. 1971) with West African tribal sculpture, European antiquities, natural history specimens and contemporary furniture in what they are describing as a ‘21st century Wunderkammer’. Peter Petrou has also specially commissioned Walsh to create a site-specific sculpture for BADA 2017, entitled Lilium. The work will be displayed in the entrance to the fair.As in former years there will be a strong presence of painting at the fair, ranging from Old Masters to contemporary works. The Parker Gallery, a young dealer showing at the fair for the first time, will bring a themed presentation focusing on English Country House paintings. It will include a 1789 painting, depicting two hack horses, that Parker has newly discovered to be the work of George Stubbs (1724–1806). After being miscatalogued as a copy after Stubbs and de-accessioned from The Huntington Museum, the painting was acquired by Parker who uncovered the work’s true provenance. BBC Fake or Fortune’s Dr Bendor Grosvenor said of the sale that it was ‘one of the biggest de-accessioning blunders of modern times.’
Strachan Fine Art specialise in portrait painting from the 16th to 20th centuries and their presentation will display portraits of both anonymous and well known figures of the period, including an allegorical depiction of Richard Lovell Edgeworth, inventor, politician and father of the writer Maria Edgeworth. Alan Wheatley Art will display works by Modern British abstract painters John Hoyland (1934–2011), Alan Davie (1920–2014) and William Gear (1915–1997), alongside work by London Group artist Ivon Hitchens (1893–1979).Antique furniture experts James McWhirter and Alexander di Carcaci will make a joint presentation at BADA 2017. Di Carcaci specialises in English and Continental furniture and objects from the 17th to the 20th centuries, in particular coloured marble, whilst McWhirter specialises in English and Continental furniture and works of art from the same period. One highlight of their presentation will be a George III elliptical mirror, attributed to Mayhew and Ince, major competitors of Thomas Chippendale. Fine furniture will have a strong presence at BADA 2017. Thomas Coulborn & Sons will bring a Tudor parcel-gilt, polychrome-decorated, carved oak panel and Godson & Coles will display a unique George II walnut and burr breakfront cabinet, which has been held in two of the most important 20th century collections of English furniture. Frank Partridge will be presenting French and English furniture alongside paintings and objets d’art of the 18th Century.
Lennox Cato specialises in 18th and 19th century furniture and highlights of their presentation will include a striking kidney shaped Victorian desk and a pair of 18th century Mahogany hall chairs. Cato is also a regular contributor to BBC Antiques Roadshow, as is clock expert Richard Price, who will also exhibit at BADA 2017. Conservation is a major concern for BADA and many of its dealers pride themselves on thorough and consummate conservation as a key part of their ethos and expertise. Rolleston will exhibit an incredibly rare, newly restored, English Japanned cabinet from the early 18th century. Only three examples of this particular type of cabinet are known to exist in the world, one of which is in the collection of the V&A Museum.
Other dealers who will exhibit works of their own conservation include Tobias Birch, who specialises in English clocks from the 17th to 19th centuries, holding objects by Edward East, John Ellicot, Thomas Tompion and Vulliamy, amongst others. He will bring to the fair an extremely rare small chronometer carriage clock from the mid 19th century. Antique clocks will make a strong presence in 2017 with specialist dealers including Howard Walwyn and Campbell & Archard also exhibiting at the fair.
Other dealers who have a particular emphasis on conservation and will exhibit at BADA 2017 include W.W. Warner Antiques, who concentrate on 18th and 19th century porcelain, pottery and glass, and jewellery specialists Grey-Harris & Co. and Howards Jewellers. A strong focus on jewellery will be apparent at the fair. Sandra Cronan will exhibit a themed display of costume jewellery in the shape of insects, with a particular focus on butterflies. Other jewellery specialists include Anthea AG Antiques, who specialise in fine gem-set jewellery from 1840 to 1940; Matthew Foster, who will be exhibiting for the first time and specialises in jewellery from the 1920s to the 1960s, incorporating Art Deco, Retro and Art Modern pieces; and Nigel Norman Fine Jewels, specialists in wearable period antiques from the 18th to 20th centuries.
Further expert presentations will appear from Isaac & Ede, who specialise in antiquarian prints; Sylvia Powell Decorative Arts, who specialise in artist pottery; Timothy Millett, who specialises in historic medals and Gray M.C.A., who specialise in textiles and fashion illustration. Mary Cooke Antiques, who focus on silverware, will bring an important rare pair of George III vegetable dishes and covers from the magnificent Duke of Newcastle dinner service. Every object on display at BADA 2017 will be carefully vetted for quality and authenticity by BADA’s specialist Vetting Committee, meaning that only the finest objects will be on display in elegant and considered presentations.Visitors to the fair will be able to buy with confidence, benefiting from the extensive expertise of BADA members, who are individually selected for their knowledge, integrity and rigour. An exciting loan exhibition for BADA 2017 will explore the work of British watercolourist Samuel Prout, one of the masters of British architectural painting who was Painter in Water-Colours in Ordinary to both King George IV and Queen Victoria. ‘Samuel Prout: A Grand Tour in Watercolour’ will bring together over 20 of Prout’s finest works, a number of which have not been on public display for over 50 years and are being sourced from private collections. They include examples of his celebrated Venetian landscapes, in which he contrasts the city’s architectural splendor with its bustling energy as a Mediterranean trade hub.
BADA 2017 will be held at Duke of York Square, King’s Road, London SW3 4LY from 15-21 March 2017.