The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square saw positive sales and attracted over 20,000 visitors from the UK and abroad. LAPADA said that dealers noted a significant number of international visitors, especially from the USA, Australia, Kuwait, Brazil and Abu Dhabi.
Famous faces spotted in the crowds, looking at the coveted works of art, antiques, design and decorative arts, included The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne, writer and creator of Downton Abbey Julian
Fellowes with his wife Lady Fellowes, comedian Alexander Armstrong and BBC weather girl Carol Kirkwood.
Jeroen Markies Art Deco sold across the board, including two dining suites, three cocktail cabinets, a Chiparus bronze for £20,000 and lots of Lalique opalescence glass
Witney Antiques sold 14 objects in total, including an exceptionally fine and extravagantly worked mid-17th century raised work panel that had won the award for Best Textile in the LAPADA Best Stand & Object Awards.
Ellison Fine Art sold 24 portrait miniatures, including a Nicholas Hilliard of Queen Elizabeth I for £10,000 and another work for £13,500.
Mark Goodger of Hampton Antiques sold across the board, including tea caddies, sewing boxes, a
cigar box for £5,000, and Asprey table lighters
Sales of contemporary art were also strong. The Store Street Gallery who saw an interest in all the artists they exhibited, and made a number of sales of works priced around £3,000.
Tanya Baxter Contemporary sold a Zhao Kalin work for around £50,000 to a Qatari buyer, a pair of Lucy Poett bronze horses for £20,000 to a Silicon Valley media mogul, a Zhuang Hong Yi work to a new Brazilian client for £25,000 and a Pip Todd Warmoth painting to a new South African client for £18,000, amongst other work.
Modern design furniture dealer Holly Johnson saw the sale of an Osvaldo Borsani table for £26,000, as well as some smaller pieces by designers such as Mouseman and Fornasetti, and commented, “It’s nice to see a younger crowd here, there are good potential clients and we will definitely be coming back.”
Specialist in 18th and 19th century Swedish furniture and new dealer to the Fair, D. Larsson Interior & Antikhandel sold a pair of black barrel chairs and a cabinet both for 4-figures, amongst other pieces.
Geoffrey Stead sold a pair of 18th century Italian marquetry commodes for a five-figure sum during the preview.