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Art Antiques London returns for its third year with new exhibitors and collecting categories
An unusual and rare Piero Fornasetti “Pesci” Coffee Table. The circular top of concave form with lithographical print on lacquered wood. The glass top gives it an underwater illusion. The base is made of metal. The underside is marked- Made in Italy. This table was custom made by Piero Fornasetti for commission in the early 1950’s. Size : 102cms diameter x 42cms high. Holly Johnson.

LONDON.- Serious buyers, curatorial attendance and museum sales have cemented Art Antiques London into the dynamic landscape of London’s cultural life and the international fair market. The new dates for Art Antiques London of 13th – 20th June 2012 have been well received by exhibitors with returning dealers quick to secure their place for the 2012 event. In addition to a high level of returning exhibitors, the Haughton’s look forward to welcoming a number of new participants to the Fair. Those who have already signed upinclude D & M Freedman, Stephanie Hoppen Gallery, GRIMA, Mathaf Gallery and Peta Smyth Antique Textiles. The Fair in the same venue remains the same - a beautifully light filled purpose built pavilion in Kensington Gardens next to the Albert Memorial.

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Art Antiques London had much to celebrate when its doors closed on Wednesday 15th June 2011. The visitor figure showed an increase of around 10% and had proved a magnet for collectors and connoisseurs. The Fair attracted new and established buyers, amongst which group a high curatorial presence was noted, which resulted in many museum sales being made. The Haughtons pioneered the art fair lecture series, which forms an essential and highly praised element of Art Antiques London. The seminars not only give the fair its particular character but also ensure the presence of much-valued international scholars and curators.

Stephanie Hoppen Gallery exhibits contemporary artists and photographers from UK, Europe, America, Asia, Australia and South Africa and is also the author of many books on interior design. David Freedman founded the dealership, D and M Freedman in 1999 and in addition to specialising in Chinese porcelain; the gallery also concentrates on jade and Chinese works of art. GRIMA, one of the most iconic names in the jewellery, will show both classic and contemporary jewels at the 2012 Fair. Royalty and celebrity around the world wear its distinctive pieces. The Mathaf Gallery is London’s leading gallery in 19th century Orientalist paintings. Peta Smyth has been dealing in antique textiles since 1976 and is renowned for her extensive and comprehensive stock of beautiful and fine textiles. She has a great following amongst interior designers, antiques dealers and private collectors.

Commenting on the 2011 Fair, returning exhibitor William Agnew, who sold 38 works of art during the course of the Fair, said that his sales in 2011 surpassed those made at any other Fair over his long career. Jewellery dealers, Lucas Rarities debuted at the Fair in 2011 were delighted to sell one of their key pieces - a pavé-set gemstone heart made by Hollywood jeweller Paul Flato in 1938, and reported that they were ‘constantly busy’. Fellow new exhibitor Ted Few said he felt exhilarated by the new Fair and was delighted to sell items from across all the disciplines in which he deals. Many participating dealers commented on the high level of new collectors they met at the Fair and also reported excellent follow-up business in the months after the Fair. Their comments were summed up by Japanese specialist, Mary Deeming, who commented that the 2011 Fair had been a '...phenomenal success, attracting a potent mix of museum curators and private collectors'. Among her significant sales was one to a private Amsterdam museum.

The highly acclaimed restaurant and catering facilities at Art Antiques London will be returning in 2012. The elegant 1851 restaurant, which overlooks the Albert memorial, has been described as having the best view in London and won plaudits for its delicious food. The Champagne Bar, which serves lighter meals and the Café were also very well received.

Party in the Park
A fund-raising cocktail party and dinner will take place on the 12th June in aid of JDRF – The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. JDRF exists to find the cure for type 1diabetes and its complications, and is the world's leading charitable funder of type 1 diabetes research.

Today's News

January 15, 2012

Large survey exhibition of multifaceted artist Niki de Saint Phalle at the Max-Ernst-Museum

Concurrent solo exhibitions by Dan Flavin and Lionel Estève at Galerie Perrotin

Quote carved on Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington will be changed

Exhibition of marble sculpture from 350 B.C. to last week at Sperone Westwater in New York

New paintings and performative photographs by Dorte Jelstrup at Galeri Lars Olsen

Art Antiques London returns for its third year with new exhibitors and collecting categories

The work of legendary artist Yoko Ono exhibited for the first time in India at Vadehra Art Gallery

California a central theme for two new separate exhibitions at the California African American Museum

Japanese artist Nobu Fukui's "We Didn't Start the Fire" at Stephen Haller Gallery

Bruce Silverstein's fourth annual invitational exhibition opens in New York

First solo exhibition of Tian Xiaolei in the United States opens at Meulensteen

Sixteen galleries and dealers gather for a two-day photography fair at Helms Daylight Studio

Corfu-based artist, Eva Caridi, opens her first solo show in London at Ambika P3

Denis De Gloire's tribute to Jackson Pollock's 100th anniversary at Galerie Ida

Selected works from the collection of Peter Voulkos' daughter on view at Frank Lloyd Gallery

Santa Monica Museum of Art presents NY/LA: A new, annual project room exhibition series

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