The riches of ages
Berkeley Square abounds with all that is exquisite and intricate once more, as LAPADA comes to town
AST year’s LAPADA Fair in Berkeley Square (020– 7823 3511; www.lapada london.com) had a much better layout than its predecessors and I am told that it will be better still this time, September 13 to 18, when more efficient use of space has allowed a number of new exhibitors, bringing the total to 113. Among the newcomers are several eminent businesses, such as Michael German, the arms and walkingcane specialist, and Kevin Page Oriental Art, that have rarely, if ever, shown at fairs.
For the first time, there will be a loan exhibition within the fair, a selection of highlights from the Chitra Collection of objects relating to tea and its history amassed by the Londonbased businessman Nirmal Sethia and named for his late wife. It runs from Song Dynasty bowls to a witty doubleelephant pot designed by Mr Sethia himself.
There will also be a lecture on September 16 by Dr Francesca Leoni of the Ashmolean, Oxford, introducing the museum’s show ‘Power and Protection: Islamic Art and the Supernatural’, which opens on October 20.
LMoira Fine Jewellery offers a true example of micromosaic in an Etruscan Revival gold bangle of about 1870, set with a panel of Aurora, goddess of the dawn. It is after a ceiling fresco by Guido Reni
Lucky indeed the owner of a house with space enough to do justice to Michael Lipitch’s marble-topped giltwood table, which he describes as ‘of immense proportions’ and ‘showing English country house style at its foremost’. It is strongly carved, with masks and shells on the apron and lion-mask monopodia legs. It dates from about 1725