The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair
THE MAYFAIR ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square Thursday 10 – Sunday 13 January 2013
The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited commences its 2013 schedule of events with the launch of its first venture into London. The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair, in association with Mayfair property specialists Wetherell, opens over four days at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP from Thursday 10 until Sunday 13 January 2013. This boutique event boasts over 40 specialist dealers, all members of the UK’s two main professional trade associations – the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers.
Visitors to this exciting new fair can find antiques dating as far back as the 12th century to modern contemporary art. They can peruse town, country and Art Deco furniture; antique, designer and vintage jewellery; antique maps; decorative and woodblock prints; oriental carpets and rugs; antique and contemporary sculpture; silver; textiles, tapestries and embroideries; glass; clocks and watches; porcelain; oil and watercolour paintings, drawings and illustrations; calling card cases; antique boxes; art pottery; books; objets d’art and objects of vertu.
The clue to a royal secret is revealed in a rare and fascinating watercolour drawing for the ground-floor and garden layout of Brighton Pavilion. It is by the royal architect, Henry Holland (1745-1806). Few of Holland's drawings survive, and even fewer outside public collections. It is available for £12,500 from Charles Plante. The client was the Prince of Wales, the future George IV, who made frequent changes to his 'Marine Pavilion'. It is labelled ‘Brighthelmston, general plan of the house and stables and grounds next the Stein’, and can be dated c1801. Intriguingly, boscage and trees in the garden are shown, indicating the route to the house next door, inhabited by Maria Fitzherbert, a rich Catholic widow whom 'Prinny' clandestinely married, but could not acknowledge in public. 18ct gold and amethyst necklace,
1830s, £5,500 from Anthea AG Arabesque from Stuttgart is bringing Antiques Galerie Asian artefacts and works of art, including a rare 12th century sandstone lion head sculpture from Kashmir, India, £15,000, a large Chinese Imari vase, Kangxi dynasty, £7,500 and a 17th century tapestry fragment from Brussels, priced at £4,000. Further textiles come from Mary Deeming, who specialises in handwoven Japanese textiles and Japanese woodblock prints. Marilyn Garrow Fine Textile Art comes with antique cloths and embroideries and M&N Oriental Rugs is bringing an antique Russian Kuba rug, c1920, hand knotted wool on cotton base, 2.10m x 1.35m, selling for £7,950.
Superb oil paintings come from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway, including ‘Idle SailsLoch Etive in Calm’ by Montague Dawson (1895-1973), priced at £115,000; from Willow
Gallery ‘The Storm’ by Pieter Cornelis Dommerson (1834-1908), dated 1877, priced around £80,000 and ‘Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice’ by Peruvian artist Federico del Campo (1837-1927), oil on canvas, 18” x 28”, priced in the region of £400,000. Cambridge Fine Art is bringing ‘The Bibliophiles’ by Manuel Jiminez Prieto (1848- 1904), oil on panel, signed and dated ‘Paris 1883’, 13” x 10”, £9,500. From Piergabriele Vangelli Gallery comes an ink on paper trompe l’oeil drawing with dedication in cartouche: “Settimia Strozzi vedova Ferroni, Montughi” by Anna Settimia Strozzi (1745-1811), wife of Giuseppe Ferroni, Marquis of Bellavista, Florence c1795, £6,000 and two pen, ink and watercolours on paper by Henry Burges, ‘View of the South-Western side of Chunar Fortress, upon the River Ganges’ and ‘The Rock of the Fakir’ (view of an isolated rock on the Ganges, to Jangira) both 1793, and selling for £7,000 each.
Amongst the furniture from Wakelin & Linfield is an exquisite English walnut and marquetry writing table, selling for £22,500. This fine piece was probably created a few hundred yards from the fair, as it is attributed to George Blake of Mount Street and was almost certainly commissioned by Edward Holmes Baldock. Walton House Antiques is bringing an elegant Regency black japanned and caned sofa, c1825, priced at £3,200. Country oak and antique portrait dealer, Peter Bunting Antiques is bringing an Elizabethan period marquetry oak coffer, c1580, price around £8,000 and a late 17th century carved oak corner settle, English, in the region of £5,000. Other furniture dealers include WR Harvey & Co (Antiques) Ltd, S&S Timms Antiques, David Foord-Brown Antiques and dealers in Art Deco furniture and objects, Jeroen Markies and Gazelles of Lyndhurst. Stylish music lovers cannot fail to be drawn to the 1930’s tubular chrome and ivory lacquered Carl Ebel baby grand piano with matching piano stool, priced at £25,000 from Gazelles of Lyndhurst.