LAPADA London, the world’s premier art and antiques fair, is returning to Berkeley Square this month. Words by Reyhaan Day.
Visitors can see jewellery, furniture, ceramics, and antiquities, as well as fine art, at the six day show.
This year’s exhibition celebrates LAPADA London’s 10th anniversary. The exhibits are drawn from its 500-strong membership.
New exhibitors will showcase their wares alongside returning participants, bringing fresh and fascinating works to Mayfair.
The exhibition runs from September 13-18.
As well as the contemporary, this year LAPADA is looking back to influential artisans who excelled in their industries.
Exhibitors have been asked to present pieces by a nominated ‘LAPADA Legend’.
It must be “a brilliant historical artist or craftsman whose vision and talent has ensured that their work has endured for centuries” explained Freya Simms, LAPADA chief executive (pictured).
“From Chippendale and Wedgwood, Dame Lucie Rie and Georg Jensen, Suzanne Belperron and Paul Lamerie, works by these prestigious talents will be available to view and buy,” she added.
Sophie Wood, LAPADA fair manager, said new exhibitors for this year include Burton Antiques, which has been in the antiques trade for more than 100 years.
Visitors can see pieces from Malby Maps, which specialises in handmade pieces of map artwork and accoutrements.
Fine art devotees can see exhibits from Duncan R Miller Fine Arts, which deals in 20th century modern British and contemporary art.
Local exhibitors and dealers
Mayfair and St James’s art and antiques dealers are well represented.
Grays Antique Centre’s Serhat Ahmet is showcasing fine European porcelain.
Anthea AG Antiques is displaying Victorian and early 20th-century jewellery.
Duke Street’s MacConnal-Mason is displaying English and European 19th and 20th century paintings.
Mason’s Yard antique and silver dealer J.H. Bourdon-Smith is exhibiting, as is fine jewellery specialist Horton London, based on Davies Street.
The long-established Pall Mall gallery Panter & Hall is also at the exhibition, along with many others.
Focus on modern art
This year, LAPADA has teamed up with its charity beneficiary, Sarabande – the charitable foundation established by Lee Alexander McQueen – to bring more contemporary pieces to the fair.
“Fifteen of the top artists and designers from Sarabande will exhibit their work,” says Wood.
“Artists on show will include oil painters Mircea Telegea, Jonah Pontzer and Michaela Yearwood-Dan; jeweller and engraver Castro Smith; taxidermy artist Harriet Horton; and award-winning silversmith Shinta Nakajima.
“We’re excited to see their pieces in situ.”
Also, visitors can enjoy the art objects in a striking environment.
“This year, we’re working with interiors house Fromental, which is designing a completely bespoke wallpaper exclusively for the fair, which will cover the walls of the LAPADA Brasserie on the first floor.
“It’s a beautifully eye-catching, snake-inspired design – definitely something to look out for,” says Wood.