The riches of ages

Berke­ley Square abounds with all that is ex­quis­ite and in­tri­cate once more, as LAPADA comes to town

Country Life Every Week - - Art Market -

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

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