LAPADA’s Berkeley Square Fair, London’s leading art fair, is set to return to its iconic location in Berkeley Square from 27th September – 1st October 2023 (preview on 26th September). Here is a First Look, an early curation of outstanding works that esteemed LAPADA members will be presenting, demonstrating the quality and variety of the 2023 fair offering. Covering centuries of design, antiquities, jewellery and art, the Berkeley Square Fair will serve, once again, to exemplify the strength of the UK art trade.
LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers is the largest society of professional art and antiques dealers in Europe. It is a trusted resource for private collectors and the art & antiques trade alike. Established in 1974, it boasts over 500 worldwide members, who are experts in their fields, with specialities ranging from fine art, jewellery and furniture to contemporary works, sculpture and ceramics.
The organisation supports its members by offering industry advice, training and resources, as well as by lobbying the government on issues affecting the trade. Due to the Association’s strict Code of Practice, clients are offered reassurance when purchasing from a LAPADA member. LAPADA’s website is one of the leading online marketplaces for sourcing authentic art and antiques.
LAPADA has revealed the first brand partners for its 2023 edition of the Berkeley Square Fair. Investec is confirmed as the exclusive wealth management sponsor with the Royal Mint, the home of precious metals and exemplars of British craftsmanship, also supporting the fair. The Wallace Collection is to be the fair’s cultural partner whilst Fromental brings its hand painted and hand embroidered silk wall coverings to the fair’s public areas.
Investec has a long association with the arts and helps its clients to acquire and preserve both private and corporate collections. Only last year it supported Living with Art we Love at Chatsworth which featured favourite objects of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
The Royal Mint is the UK’s oldest company and official maker of British coins. For decades, it has promoted the joy of collecting through the release of limited-edition coinage. More recently it has developed a jewellery collection from responsibly sourced precious metals, 886 by Dominic Jones, pieces from which will be showcased at the fair. This latest initiative celebrates the intrinsic value of precious metals and champions traditional British craftsmanship, a value that lies at the heart of LAPADA and the Berkeley Square Fair.
The Wallace Collection is home to a magnificent array of fine and decorative arts collected by Sir Richard Wallace. The fair’s top clients’ along with those of its partners, will be invited to private views hosted by the collection’s curators, whilst visitors to the fair can purchase tickets providing access to its hotly anticipated forthcoming exhibition, Portraits of Dogs: From Gainsborough to Hockney.
Fromental creates the world’s most beautiful wall coverings using hand painting and hand embroidery. Its craftsmanship is called upon by some of the world’s leading luxury brands such as London’s Goring Hotel and New York’s Kips Bay Decorators’ Show House.
Commenting on the sponsor announcement, LAPADA CEO Freya Simms comments, “We are delighted to reveal our first partners whose support will further leverage the Berkeley Square Fair, attracting new audiences with both the curiosity and means to collect. Our Mayfair location provides a glamorous and edifying destination in which to host high net worth clients, surrounded by hundreds of years of heritage, history and craftsmanship. We have received unprecedented interest in the fair leading to 50% of stands allocated within the first four weeks and we expect to make further partner and exhibitor announcements shortly.”
Dealers who have confirmed their stands include the following:
Dinan & ChighinePanter & Hall LtdJohn Adams Fine ArtJohn Bennett Fine Paintings John Iddon Fine Art Isherwood Fine Art LtdPaul MayhewWillow GalleryKaren Taylor Fine Art MacConnal-Mason Gallery The Hunt GalleryWalker GalleriesThe Parker Gallery Ltd Rountree Tryon Gallery
Adrian AlanButchoffHatchwell Antiques Ltd Lennox Cato Antiques & Works of ArtAlexandra Alfandrary Serhat AhmetWakelin & Linfield Wick Antiques Witney Antiques Boccara Gallery
Silver, Jewellery, Watches
Anthea A G Antiques Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd N&I FranklinThe Old CorkscrewFacet & FableThe Peartree Collection Horton LondonSandra CronanSpicer WarinTimewise Vintage Watches VKD JewelsWimpole AntiquesJ.H. Bourdin Smith
C20th, contemporary and other
3details LtdAlan Wheatley Art Architectural Heritage Ltd Carol TresorGuelfucci GalleryTanya Baxter Contemporary Jonathan CooperCrosta Smith GalleryFreya MittonM&D MoirDavid Thatcher Samurai Art
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