The Daily Telegraph - - Art Sales - Colin Glead­ell

Mas­ter­piece, Lon­don’s pre­mier art, an­tiques and de­sign fair of the sum­mer which opens on Wed­nes­day, prides it­self on the rigour of its vet­ters who check ev­ery­thing for au­then­tic­ity. One who is ex­er­cis­ing par­tic­u­lar dili­gence this year is William Iselin, an art ad­viser who heads the con­ti­nen­tal fur­ni­ture com­mit­tee. In the last few months one of the big­gest sto­ries in the French press con­cerns al­leged fakes of 18th­cen­tury French seat fur­ni­ture by Fo­liot, De­lanois and oth­ers worth mil­lions of pounds that have taken in auc­tion­eers and ex­perts, in­clud­ing those at the Palace of Ver­sailles. Th­ese have been con­nected to Paris’s lead­ing fur­ni­ture deal­ers Bill Pal­lot of the Di­dier Aaron Gallery, and Lau­rent Krae­mer, co-direc­tor of the old and pres­ti­gious Krae­mer fur­ni­ture gallery. Both have been in­ves­ti­gated and charged by po­lice, and while Pal­lot has ad­mit­ted hav­ing had two fake chairs made, Krae­mer de­nies sell­ing any fakes know­ingly. Krae­mer, who ex­hib­ited at Mas­ter­piece last year, is not mak­ing an ap­pear­ance this year. Nor is he show­ing at the glitzy Bi­en­nale des An­ti­quaires in Paris in Septem­ber as he nor­mally does. Iselin, mean­while, says he will be “ex­tra vig­i­lant” about what he looks at in Mas­ter­piece. “We be­lieve more fakes will be un­cov­ered in the fu­ture, but the good news is that we know what they look like and now have the tech­ni­cal abil­ity to an­a­lyse them.” As of yes­ter­day an 18th-cen­tury com­mode by Dubois brought to Mas­ter­piece by Paris dealer, Steinitz, was one of sev­eral items to have passed the test. David Hock­ney’s Lon­don deal­ers, An­nely Juda, open an ex­hi­bi­tion of the artist’s iPad draw­ings of Yosemite Na­tional Park today to co­in­cide with the Royal Academy’s ex­hi­bi­tion of new por­traits by the artist. Prices will range from $20,000 (£15,120) to $98,000, not in­clud­ing im­port VAT.

Brexit not­with­stand­ing, this is the time of year when Lon­don in­vites the world to shop for art and an­tiques dur­ing “the sea­son”. Apart from Mas­ter­piece and the auc­tions there is Art & An­tiques in a fine tented struc­ture op­po­site the Royal Al­bert Hall, and the tra­di­tional Olympia fair in west Lon­don. Th­ese are fol­lowed by Lon­don Art Week, where lo­cal and vis­it­ing gal­leries are mount­ing spe­cially cu­rated shows, from pre-clas­si­cal antiquities to Old Master and mod­ern paint­ings – all worth a visit. The Lon­don and Provincial Art & An­tiques Deal­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion (LAPADA) has an­nounced it has had unusu­ally healthy de­mand for stands at its Berke­ley Square fair in Septem­ber. Look­ing at the new ex­hibitors, it is clear that many have come from the 20/21 Bri­tish Art Fair that was to have taken place at the Royal Col­lege of Art also in Septem­ber, un­til the col­lege made it­self un­avail­able. The Por­tal Gallery, Manya Igel, Beaux Arts in Bath, John Id­don and Bound­ary Gallery have all ap­plied to LAPADA. The more cen­tral Mall Gal­leries will host 20/21 this time next year, while a ri­val new fair for Mod­ern Bri­tish art to have been launched at the Royal Geographic So­ci­ety has shelved plans for this Septem­ber, and is look­ing at a date close to LAPADA next year.

A 19th-cen­tury Re­gency rose­wood ta­ble at The Art & An­tiques Fair, Olympia

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