Funky, fun finds
The Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair is back in January - with free tickets to give away - and an amazing selection of art, jewellery and furniture.
Walking around the The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair last October was like stepping into the pages of a really cool interiors magazine. Beautifully displayed antique furniture alongside modern and period art, unusual lighting, and some eye-popping vintage jewellery. There was lots to inspire – and buy (of course).
The prestigious boutique fair – organised by The Antique Dealers Fair Ltd – now moves to Mayfair for a four-day show in the incredibly stunning ballroom at the five-star London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. Very swanky indeed!
As before, a carefully curated selection of 40 dealers from around the UK and Europe will be tempting us all with their wares.
Jewellery from different eras will be wheeled out – including a pretty 19th century English tiara with over 20 carats of old mine-cut diamonds. Although you may need to marry a prince to be able to afford it – this beauty (below) comes with a ticket price of £25,000. Yes, it is lovely.
If a tiara seems a bit too much – although it’s worth knowing that it converts so it can be worn as a necklace – these retro pieces might be more your style. I can’t decide which one I love more: the snake bangle or the diamond moth clip (or is it a bee?) Perhaps I’ll get both! *wink*
Jersey art dealer Atelier Limited will bring a selection of paintings, including a mid-18th century Roman School Old Master oil on canvas of The Goddess Diana – that’s her below – depicted as the huntress in a woodland setting, the moon adorning her hair with two faithful hounds beside her. The oil on canvas has an English 18th century carved and gilded frame. Oh, and a price tag of £20,000.
If the curvy semi-naked huntress won’t work with your decor, perhaps a signed lithograph by English contemporary English artist Tracey Emin would. There’s still a deficit of clothing, but I’m loving the simple lines of this artwork. And it would look soooo good on my dining room wall.
Among the exhibitors will be the Chelsea-based Flying Colours Gallery, specialists in emerging contemporary British artists – painters and sculptors – including Clare Trenchard, who’s various bronzes of The Minstrels will be coming along, raging from small versions (priced around £5,000) to sculptures that are over 6ft tall (and have a price tag of around £25,000).
BBC Antiques Roadshow clock expert Richard Price will be on hand with a decorative horological selection, including a rare miniature porcelain mounted carriage timepiece dating from 1880. It’s also a good place to nab yourself a vintage watch from Rolex, Patek Philippe or Vacheron Constantin.
If you’re interested in collecting, this a brilliant boutique fair that brings a wonderful selection of fine antiques as well as contemporary and 20th paintings, and 19th and 20th century European impressionists and works of art. Each year it attracts interior designers, international collectors and those looking for something unique. Tickets to the fair are £10, but you can get a FREE TICKET here.
The Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair is on from Thurs 4 – Sun 7 Jan, from noon-9pm Thurs, 11am-6pm on the Fri and Sat, and 11am-5pm on Sun, at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square. The nearest Underground station is Bond Street (Central and Jubilee Lines).