All’s fair

From the pre­his­toric to the post-mod­ern, this art and an­tiques show has the lot

The Daily Telegraph - Telegraph Magazine - - THE CUT / HOUSE STYLE - Talib Choudhry

El­iz­a­bethan carved oak beds, Samurai ar­mour, pre his­toric fos­sils, David Hock­ney lith­o­graphs, mid­cen­tury arm-chairs…. the LAPADA Art & An­tiques Fair has all this and plenty more be­sides.

Later this month, more than 100 ex­hibitors will present works in­clud­ing fine fur­ni­ture, car­pets, an­tiq­ui­ties and ce­ram­ics in Berke­ley Square, May­fair. With prices rang­ing from just £200 to £500,000 and be­yond, pieces for sale will ap­peal to both sea­soned col­lec­tors and first-time buy­ers.

‘ The fact that the show isn’t seg­mented to just an­tiques or just con­tem­po­rary art is it’s great­est streng h,’ says fair di­rec­tor Mieka Sy­wak. ‘We of­ten get a whole fam­ily com­ing in to­gether on a Satur­day af­ter­noon – grand­par­ents, par­ents and chil­dren – and they all find some­thing that in­ter­ests them.’

Sy­wak coun­sels vis­i­tors to make the most of the deal­ers’ ex­per­tise and not to feel that ini­ti­at­ing conversation will lead to be­ing pres­sured into buy­ing.

‘Deal­ers are aware that a po­ten­tial new client might take a few weeks to buy some­thing, or they could come back months or even years later,’ she adds. ‘They’re more con­cerned with build­ing trust and es­tab­lish­ing a long-term re­la­tion­ship than mak­ing a quick sale.’

Buy­ers can also be as­sured of au­then­tic­ity; each ex­hibitor is rig­or­ously vet­ted and elected to membership of the LAPADA As­so­ci­a­tion of Art & An­tiques Deal­ers, and a group of 70 experts look at ev­ery sin­gle piece for sale at the fair each day. Ad­di­tion­ally, LAPADA has a con­cil­i­a­tion ser­vice, me­di­at­ing with deal­ers on be­half of cus­tomers on the very rare oc­ca­sions that some­thing isn’t as it should be.

Be­yond the show, LAPADA of­fers a re­fer­ral ser­vice for those seek­ing a trusted dealer in a spe­cific area. Sy­wak’s per­sonal pas­sion is an­tique jew­ellery. ‘The fair has it all, from an­cient Ro­man ear­rings to 1970s neck­laces,’ she says. ‘The qual­ity is fan­tas­tic, and pieces are still rel­a­tively af­ford­able and ap­pre­ci­ate in value, so it’s a habit I can jus­tify.’

The LA A A Art & An­tiques Fair, Lon­don, 15-20 Septem­ber; la­padalon­

Sculp­tor’s Muse, Al­fred Turner, c.1899, £45,000, Ted Few. The model was Turner’s wife, Char­lotte

Two Pem­broke Stu­dio Chairs, David Hock­ney, orig­i­nal litho­graph in colour made in 1985. Signed and dated. Edi­tion: num­bered 38/98. £10,250, Fair­head Fine Art

Chi­nese Melon Tea Chest, c.1840, £2,450, Hamp­ton An­tiques

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.