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Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square 2011

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THIS year’s Lapada Art and Antiques Fair, Berkeley Square will take place from September 21 to September 25.

This prestigious arts fair features 85 leading UK and European dealers in works of all periods from the ancient to AD2011.

The fair spans modestly priced yet significant collectors’ items such as Georgian decanters and Roman jewellery to internationally important Old Masters and design art furniture by Claude Lalanne.

Marvel at jewels designed by Norman Hartnell and Hermes, Cartier and Tiffany; Grand Tour trophies; unusual aeronautica and scientific instruments; architectural watercolours, marine pictures and Miró prints; Art Deco bronzes and artist ceramics; and fine furniture for all tastes.

The variety is broad and the quality unquestionable, and all exhibitors, as members of LAPADA, abide by a strict Code of Practice to ensure peace of mind when purchasing.

Highlights include a clip and cuff designed by Norman Hartnell circa 1940s, a gift from Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to the wife of George VI’s private secretary, Lady Hardinge. In the hand-written letter from The Queen Mother (which accompanies the jewellery) gifting these to Lady Hardinge, the post script reads “These things are called “dress accessories”! “ Exhibitor is Anthea A.G. Antiques (see image).

Another highlight is a a carved micro miniature in ivory by G. Stephany and J. Dresch depicting an 18th century three-masted frigate under sail, including sailors. Stephany and Dresch worked in London and Bath in the late 18th century and became so popular amongst fashionable society they were granted the title of ‘Sculptors in Miniature on Ivory to their Majesties’ by George III. Exhibitor is Finch & Co (see image).

Admission – £15 per person.