The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair Boasting an international audience and organised by The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, this is the 4th year in succession that this flagship event takes place in central London.
News-Antique.com - Oct 20,2015 - Some 40 exhibitors, members of the UK's two professional antiques trade associations - the British Antique Dealers’ Association and LAPADA The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers - gather for the first major fair of the year in the capital. New faces adding fresh appeal include Brian Watson Antique Glass, Matthew Foster and Saunders Fine Art. The fair has quickly become a favourite of collectors and interior designers hoping to find the perfect items. The best of every discipline is showcased including a large selection of silver, jewellery, furniture, oriental carpets and rugs, glass, ceramics, paintings, sculpture, clocks, books and objets d'art. Many of the items for sale are rare and often unique.
The furniture on offer will appeal to most tastes as the different dealers bring their finest pieces. Walton House Antiques has fine traditional pieces like a mid-18th century chest of drawers with original swan neck handles and a secret compartment, probably by Henry Bell of St Paul's Churchyard, c1750, £4,800. Art Deco furniture and accessories from Jeroen Markies Art Deco and Gazelles of Lyndhurst appear to be in great demand at the moment. Gazelles of Lyndhurst has a satin maple Art Deco dressing table with triple mirrors and a velvet tub chair by renowned Deco furniture producers Harry and Lou Epstein, selling for £2,500 the set, as well as a superb Italian chandelier of three blue glass star pendants, suspended on three brass and wooden rods, designed by Fontana Arte, Italian, c1970, with a price tag of £2,800.
Jewellery is always a great attraction and there is plenty of choice with six jewellery dealers all bringing their most impressive antique and designer pieces. Anthea AG Antiques has a remarkable 4.14 carat emerald cut diamond ring, set in platinum, priced at £45,000 and a Chaîne d'Ancre by Hermès,18ct gold (£7,500). Hermès stopped making this iconic design in gold in 2006. T Robert has one of the rarest pieces of jewellery the company has ever bought - a French silver pendant depicting the forward gunner (French Corporal Louis Quenalt with pilot, Sergeant Joseph Frantz, behind) leaning over his machine gun, on a WW1 fighter plane, to shoot down a German plane set over a blue plique-à-jour sky, c1914, £1,450. The pendant was probably made to mark the occasion of the first air-to-air ‘kill’ with a machine gun of the Great War on 5th October 1914 (more information and picture available). On a similar theme is a rare red cross ring in 18ct gold and platinum, pavé set with twelve ½ carat diamonds and the red cross made up of five Burmese rubies, c1915, £2,450, also from T Robert. From Markov comes a memorial cut steel pendant with hand painted miniature on ivory, c1790-1830, English, £850.
Adding to the glitz and glamour are silver specialists J H Bourdon-Smith and Mary Cooke Antiques, the latter bringing an important George III silver jug on lampstand by Royal makers, brothers Benjamin Smith II and James Smith II, made in 1809 and selling for