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LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns to Berkeley Square for ninth edition

LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair returns to Berkeley Square for ninth edition

The annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, the leading destination for international collectors and buyers looking to source one-of-a-kind objects, returns for its ninth edition from 15-20th September.

While several exhibitors return each year, like Butchoff Antiques, Shaw Edwards, Robert Barley and Wakelin & Linfield, there are 14 new exhibitors for 2017, including MacConnal-Mason, Sphinx Fine Art, Walker Galleries, Phillip Carrol Antiques, VKD Jewels and Spicer Warin.

Mieka Swyak, LAPADA’s Fair Director, is looking forward to the event. “We are excited to be returning to Berkeley Square for the ninth LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair,” she said.

“The fair brings together the very best that Britain’s thriving art and antiques trade has to offer, from decorative arts, furniture and fine art to jewellery, contemporary works and antiquities. Attracting thousands of visitors each year from both the UK and across the world, the fair is a must-visit fixture in the capital’s autumn art season.

“I am delighted to welcome Killik & Co as our new principal sponsor for 2017. Although we operate in different fields we felt a strong synergy with the Killik & Co team the moment we met and are looking forward to working with the team to make this year’s fair the best yet. Killik & Co will be joined by our supporting sponsor Rawlinson & Hunter along with returning sponsors Newby Teas, Berkeley Square Gin and Micha Wiedmann Studio.

“Also joining us for the first time this year is our floral sponsor, McQueens, and English Sparkling Wine sponsor, Gusbourne.”

As the flagship event of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, the fair allows visitors to buy in confidence in the knowledge that each exhibitor must adhere to a strict Code of Practice.

An expert committee of 70 specialists is assigned to vetting every piece individually, ensuring that every item exhibited is of the finest quality and authenticity. It is this confidence that helped us to attract over 20,000 visitors to the fair and notable sales across the board in 2016.

Art Ancient
Specialists in ancient art, including numismatics and artworks of cultural and historical interest. Founded in 2008, the business has become one of the most prominent of its kind.

Highlights
A large and remarkably complete Sabre tooth cut skull ‘Machairodus giganteus’ dating to the late Miocene, circa 5-10 million years ago. A rare and iconic fossil from one the most ferocious carnivores of the Miocene. Bought at an auction in America. Among Art Ancient’s pieces are a ‘Mira Flygel’ PH grand piano designed in 1931 by Poul Hennigsen for Andreas Christensen with Harrods piano department label on the underside. The stock number, ‘LONDON No. H 59033’ denotes that the piano was with Harrods in 1961. An opalescent ammonite, dating to the late Cretaceous period, around 75 million years ago. Priced at £50,000.

Hatchwell Antiques
A treasure trove of highly collectable 20th Century items including pianos, which sit alongside giant polished titanium turbines, submarine doors and exquisite glass chandeliers, among other things. Stock is split in to four areas of expertise: Aeronautical, 20th Century, Optics and Classical.

Hampton Antiques
Specialising in antique boxes and accessories, ranging from rare 18th century tea caddies to iconic 20th century decanters.

Highlights
A silver cigar set in sterling silver and glass. Comprising two cigarette/cigar boxes with gilded interior, three ashtrays (two of which have matchbox holders) and two cigarillo clippers. Each piece is engraved with the monogram AS. By silversmith’s Lazarus Posen Witwe, granted a Royal warrant in 1903. German, c.1900 The Silver Cigar Aficionado set is featured in our 2017 catalogue.

An Aquarium table lighter by Alfred Dunhill. This “half-giant” size lighter features reverse carved and painted Lucite panels with decoration of fish swimming underwater and features a gilded mechanism with the Dunhill retailers mark. Each scene on these aquarium lighters is unique. In the 1950s Ben Shillingford worked for Dunhill and perfected the art of carving and painting lucite panels to resemble miniature aquariums.

Smith & Robinson
A broad range of styles including items from the 18th century onwards. Focusing on materials including antique sterling silver, glass, antique shagreen and tortoise-shell.

Highlights
A rare stunning and heavy gauge silver Champagne or wine cooler supported by three wild boar tusk handles.  A novelty ice bucket in the form of a tower with a base in mahogany and the turret is in fine quality silver plate the interior has a porcelain liner made in London in 1908 by William Hutton & Son.


The LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair, sponsored by Killik & Co, takes place in Berkeley Square from September 15 to 20. For more information see www.lapadalondon.com.