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The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited ventures into London for the first time in January 2013
‘Palazzo Cavalli-Franchetti, Venice’ by Peruvian artist Federico del Campo (1837-1927), oil on canvas, 18” x 28”. Photo: Courtesy Willow Gallery.

LONDON.- 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.

Galerie Arabesque from Stuttgart is bringing 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 Sails, Loch 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.

Clock specialist Richard Price is bringing a selection of fine and unusual antiquarian clocks. On a smaller scale is a Viennese silver and enamel miniature clock, c 1870, which is highly decorated with cherubs, angels and heavenly scenes and topped off with a gold and enamel eagle, priced in the region of £6,000 from T Robert. Other unusual objects from jewellery specialist T Robert include a rare Norfolk silver counter/snuff box by Thomas Havers with engraving on the lid, c 1703 and an 18ct gold, erotically enamelled, vesta case, c1890. Unusual antique jewellery comes from Sue Brown, who has a superb Chinese carved cinnabar bangle from the 1920s, priced at £590. Anthea AG Antiques is bringing a fine 1830's amethyst necklet in 18ct gold with its original foiling, £ 5,500.

Anthony Green Antiques has a waterproof Rolex Oyster pocket watch, c1926, selling for £125,000. Even though the gentlemen’s wristwatch had become popular in civilian life after WWI, the pocket watch was still the timepiece of choice for most gentlemen in the late twenties. In addition, there is an extremely rare vintage Rolex ‘Hermetique’ waterproof wristwatch, c1923, which was produced before patenting in 1925 and introduction in 1927, priced at £15,000. The development of the Oyster case with the screw-down crown to fully waterproof the watch, and its adoption by Hans Wilsdorf in 1925 were probably the most important events in the history of the Rolex company.

Specialist map dealer Angelika CJ Friebe Ltd also sells decorative prints. Angelika has a spectacular copper engraved map 'Carte Tres Curieuse De La Mer Du Sud' from Atlas Historique by Henri Abraham Chatelain (1684-1743), Amsterdam, 1720, priced at £19,500. It focuses on the American continent, depicting California as an island, with beautiful illustrations of animals, peoples and customs as well as portraits of explorers.

Mario’s Antiques specialises in 18th and 19th century Meissen, Vienna and Sèvres porcelain and is bringing a Meissen ‘Artisan Sword Maker’, modelled by JJ Kaendler, c1755, £21,500. Mark J West has 18th to 20th century glass including a Stuart bowl made for Liberty, c1905, £240 and a pair of French amethyst glass scent bottles, c1830, £1,100 the pair. Art pottery from AD Antiques includes work by William Moorcroft, William De Morgan, Pilkington, Doulton, Wedgewood and Martin Brothers.

European bronze sculpture and art glass are on Hickmet Fine Art’s stand, including a 42cm high bronze and ivory ‘Butterfly Dancers’ on a Brazilian green onyx plinth signed by Professor Otto Poertzel, one of the most important sculptors of the Art Deco period, priced at £39,500. ArtCast 21 is marking its London debut at The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair. An offshoot of the family owned Garret & Hurst Sculpture, which specialises in bronzes and sculptures by the master sculptors of the 19th century, ArtCast 21 focuses on contemporary works by three female sculptors – Annie Tempest, Domenica de Ferranti and Margot Homan, who recently had a bronze of Dutch politician and first female secretary of the Netherlands, ‘Marga Klompé’, unveiled by Queen Beatrix of The Netherlands.

Hampton Antiques, known for its antique boxes serving many purposes, has an elegant Victorian decanter box, brass-bound with a beautifully curved lid. Veneered in exotic Coromandel, the front of the box swings open to reveal four superb crystal cut hobnail decanters. Two spirit glasses are also stored in the underside of the lid. Unusually, the hinges are engraved and gilded with a pretty floral design, 1870, priced at £2,475. From Stephen Kalms Antiques comes a rare pair of very contemporary looking silver enamelled bowls by Gerald Benny, actually dating from the 1870s and selling for £4,200. Other silver specialists exhibiting include Mary Cooke Antiques, JH Bourdon-Smith and Vine Antiques with British and Irish silver dating from the 17th century and silk Stevengraphs.

One of London’s most stylish hotels, The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square is situated in the heart of Mayfair, just minutes from the bustle of Oxford Street and Park Lane. Originally built as a large majestic townhouse, it still combines classic qualities, while blending luxury and exclusivity with modern style, flair and sophistication. With 237 striking contemporary bedrooms, The London Marriott is the perfect place to relax when not visiting the fair or exploring all that this sought after part of London has to offer. This 5 star hotel is conveniently located adjacent to the US Embassy and boasts two restaurants headed by internationally renowned chef Gordon Ramsay: maze offers fine dining, specialising in French cuisine with Asian influences, unusually served as tasting size dishes. maze Grill is influenced by New York grill restaurants with chef Ramsay’s inspired touch.

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