Country Life Every Week - - Art Market -

NOT only was I at the first Pic­tura in Maas­tricht in 1975, but 25 years ago, I was on the vet­ting com­mit­tee for the first Bri­tish An­tique Deal­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (BADA) Fair at Duke of York Square. It was a sunny spring day and, al­though it seemed a pity to be busy­ing about in the marquee, the qual­ity gave prom­ise of a suc­cess­ful launch. In re­cent years, the fair has been re­freshed.

This is not just the fair’s quar­ter cen­tury, but BADA it­self is gear­ing up for its full cen­te­nary next year, which has prompted the state­ment that the as­so­ci­a­tion ‘will un­veil a new cre­ative iden­tity for the fair, high­light­ing BADA’S com­mit­ment to beau­ti­ful ob­jects that can be­come cher­ished ad­di­tions to the home. The new de­sign will also un­der­line the fair’s imag­i­na­tive and cre­ative jux­ta­po­si­tion of the con­tem­po­rary and modern with the an­tique’.

This year, there will be more than 90 ex­hibitors and a loan show of wa­ter­colours by Sa­muel Prout (1783–1852), the master of pic­turesque Gothic, or­gan­ised by the wa­ter­colour dealer John Spink, who is launch­ing a book on the artist, co-au­thored with Ti­mothy Wil­cox (John Spink Pub­lish­ing, £30).

Sus­sex dealer Wake­lin & Lin­field is a spe­cial­ist in coun­try as well as more for­mal fur­ni­ture and al­ways has a va­ri­ety of Wind­sor chairs in stock. There is, in fact, a great deal of va­ri­ety within the ba­sic form made by Chiltern bodgers and oth­ers. Here, it will of­fer a very good cus­tom-made coun­try Wind­sor in ash, un­usu­ally with a hooped back, with turned spin­dles to the arm sup­ports and a mas­sive shaped sad­dle seat. It dates from about 1770

The coin, medal and ob­jects-of-art dealer Ti­mothy Mil­lett has a 13in by 17in wa­ter­colour of what be­gan life as the Royal Mil­i­tary Asy­lum, for army or­phans, and later be­came the Duke of York’s Head­quar­ters and, in part, the Saatchi Gallery. A print af­ter it is unattributed, but there is an in­scrip­tion on the wa­ter­colour’s frame: ‘J. Ziegler (1750–1812)'. This would be the Aus­trian print­maker Jo­hann Ziegler, pre­sum­ably a mis­at­tri­bu­tion for Henry Bryan Ziegler (1798–1874), the Bri­tish ar­chi­tec­tural draughts­man and royal draw­ing master

L’hor­loge by Sa­muel Prout will be part of a loan show by John Spink

Charles II apol­o­gised for be­ing ‘an un­con­scionable time a-dy­ing’ and was buried in West­min­ster Abbey ‘with­out any man­ner of pomp’, al­though his funeral ef­figy at the Abbey is dressed in full Garter robes. The Canon Gallery, based near Oun­dle, Northamp­ton­shire, has a fas­ci­nat­ing 3½in by 4½in wa­ter­colour on vel­lum of the King ly­ing in state in more som­bre black, with three crowns, a cru­ci­fix and rosary, which per­haps sug­gest pro­pa­ganda

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