[Alan Halliday, ‘Harlequin Venice’ , 37cm x 25cm, 2015, from Camburn Fine Art]
The seventh LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, a foremost international showcase for art, antiques, design and decorative arts in UK, returns to the exquisite surrounds of Berkeley Square from 22nd to 27th September 2015.
[English Regency period Amboyna wood centre table, England, c. 1815, POA from Michael Lipitch Ltd]
Sponsored by Delancey, the 2015 edition of the Fair has been extended by a day in response to demand following last year’s event, which welcomed 20,000 collectors and visitors in over five days. Over 100 distinguished exhibitors have offered a wide spectrum of exceptional works in a breadth of disciplines, including furniture, jewellery, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art, leaving visitors spoilt for choice.
[Prieur plaque from Arthistorical Ltd]
With prices ranging from £500 to over £500,000, seasoned collectors and first time buyers alike have the chance to procure some of the world’s most exceptional pieces, while being safe in the knowledge that every item offered for sale has been carefully vetted by a 70-member specialist committee prior to the Fair’s opening.
[Jocelyn Clarke, Yarrow, 2013, oil on board, 36 x 41 cm, from Long & Ryle]
Visitors to this year’s Fair are able to peruse works from new dealers including Anderson Wallrock Nautical, ArtAncient, Arthistorical Ltd, Bell and Bird, Catto Gallery, Clive Loveless – ‘Primal Art’, Darnley Fine Art, De Parma, Goodman Fine Art, Hayloft Design, Horton London, Howard Walwyn, Isherwood Fine Art Ltd.
And also JH Bourdon-Smith Ltd, Matthew Holder, Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts Ltd, Shapero Modern, Davis-Kielar Works of Art & Interior Decoration, Anthony Fell Antiques & Works of Art, The Old Corkscrew, Anthony James & Son Ltd, Julian Simon Fine Art Ltd, Rowles Fine Art, Saunders Fine Art and Woodham-Smith Ltd.
They are joined by returning dealers, including Beaux Arts London, Anthony Green Antiques, Witney Antiques and Philip Mould Portrait Miniatures, who saw great success and excellent sales last year.
[Italian school, 16th century, Descent of the Holy Spirit, pen and brown ink, heightened with white, -ú12,000 from Crispian Riley-Smith Fine Arts Ltd]
LAPADA has extended its talks programme this year to reflect the variety of disciplines offered by its 108 distinguished participating dealers.
In an exciting first, the University of Oxford’s award-winning Ashmolean Museum is the LAPADA Fair’s Cultural Partner. Dr Catherine Whistler, Keeper of the Department of Western Art and curator for Italian and Spanish paintings; drawings and prints; French art before 1800; textiles, will deliver the Fair’s Headline Lecture on 25th September, offering important curatorial insights into the Ashmolean’s forthcoming exhibition, Titian to Canaletto Drawing in Venice, which runs from 15th October 2015 until 10th January 2016.
In addition to the Ashmolean Museum lecture, visitors can gain insight on topics such as the future areas of jewellery collecting, illuminating artwork, as well as what it takes to build a modern British and Contemporary Art collection. Daily highlight tours of the Fair embark from the entrance at 4pm.
[Art Deco shagreen desk piece, London, 1929, from Smith & Robinson]
Maggie’s Party at LAPADA
A further highlight is the annual ticketed LAPADA Charity Party. This year’s beneficiary is Maggie’s, a charity that offers free practical, emotional and social support to cancer patients and their family and friends. Maggie’s Party at LAPADA includes a Party Reception and private view of the Fair, followed by Dinner in the Fair Brasserie.
Clara Weatherall is chairing the event, while returning Principal Sponsor Delancey and co-sponsors Aviva and Hyperion Insurance Group are generously supporting the evening.
Fundraising revenue from ticket sales will be boosted with silent and live auctions. Funds raised at LAPADA will allow Maggie’s to extend its support further across London to help make the biggest difference possible to people affected by cancer in the Capital.
There are 18 Maggie’s Centres across the UK, online and abroad, including Maggie’s West London, built in the grounds of Charing Cross Hospital, which has supported cancer patients since 2008. A further two Centres are planned across London – Maggie’s Barts and Maggie’s at The Royal Marsden. Maggie’s relies on voluntary donations to support and grow its network of Centres and to develop its unique, high quality programme of support.
[A Greek bronze suit of armour, 320 BC, -90,000 from Art Ancient]
LAPADA has once again collaborated with Micha Weidmann Studio to develop the Fair’s identity and design, following a successful partnership in 2014. Embodying the spirit of the LAPADA Fair, Micha Weidmann Studio has created a series of sketches, which feature the façades of Berkeley Square’s historic architecture.
The drawings are an evolution of 2014’s graphic campaign, which featured the leaves of Berkeley Square’s 18th century plane trees – some of the oldest in the country.
[Bally Ball, original vintage poster by Villemot, 1980s, -ú1,500 from Antikbar]
Bar and Restaurant
Mr Fogg’s, the Around the World in 80 days-inspired bar, returns to the LAPADA Fair this year with a bar twice the size of last year’s. Modeled on the drawing room of much-loved fictional explorer, Phileas Fogg, from the 1873 Jules Verne novel, the bar features a range of original Victoriana offered for sale by approved LAPADA member Wick Antiques.
Hospitality entrepreneurs, Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling, Founders of Inception Group, have overseen the design of the space to ensure it reflects the refined, but quirky, character of their original bar. Alongside a selection of classic cocktails, Mr Fogg’s is offering afternoon tea and an extended menu throughout the day.
[Jim Dine, Vegetables, from Shapero Modern]
Following the success of the last three years, catering company EventOracle is running the esteemed pop-up restaurant at the LAPADA Fair. The restaurant accommodates both an a la carte menu in the fine dining area and a buffet-style seafood and salad bar. Situated on the first floor the restaurant offers stunning views over leafy Berkeley Square.
Champagne Lanson, one of the world’s oldest existing Houses, offers its exclusive new Cuvée, Père et Fils Brut NV, at the popular LAPADA Fair Preview. A selection of Lanson Champagnes is also served at the EventOracle Brasserie and Mr Fogg’s pop-up bar throughout the duration of the Fair.
LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair 2015
Dates: Tuesday 22nd September – Sunday 27th September 2015
Location: Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6EB
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7823 3511