ART & ANTIQUES – The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair – Thursday 8 until Sunday 11 January 2015

frosted glass claret jugs

Decorative pair of frosted glass claret jugs with silver-gilt mounts by Mortimer & Hunt, London, 1840, £32,500 the pair from JH Bourdon-Smith Ltd

Article from FOCUS Magazine – Winter 14 issue.

There is a treat in store when the first major antiques fair of 2015 opens at  the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, London W1K 6JP. Some 44 specialist dealers are returning from the festive season, gathering from Thursday 8 until Sunday 11 January 2015 to bring a fresh mix of their best calibre stock to an international audience. For sale is a mouthwatering array of Art Deco and traditional furniture, sculpture, paintings, decorative engravings, glass, textiles, oriental carpets, silver, jewellery, clocks, vintage watches, Art Deco lighting, oriental and European ceramics and British art pottery.

Fifties Clock

1950’s blue glass and brass clock, English, £950 from Jeroen Markies Art Deco.

Everyone loves an attractive timepiece and there are plenty to appeal, including an English ormolu mantel clock, signed Bell & Son, 131 Mount St, Berkeley Sq, c1840, from Richard Price & Associates. Purveyor  of vintage watches, Anthony Green Antiques has a handsome selection like an 18ct gold Cartier gentleman’s slim dress watch, c1925, selling for £9,850.

T Robert’s incredible imperial apple green carved jade, pearl, diamond and platinum Buddha pendant necklace, c1925, is very special (POA). Other designers’ pieces include Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Tiffany and Hermès, as well as a highly collectible 19th century English ‘Regard’ heart pendant with ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond, c1840, £4,200 from Anthea AG Antiques. Very popular at the time, these were romantic gestures with the stones spelling out the amorous message.

18th century Italian couched floss silk on silk satin textile

18th century Italian couched floss silk on silk satin textile, priced in the region of £5,000 from Marilyn Garrow

Amongst the textiles and carpets for sale from the Russian Empire are tribal rugs from the Caucasus and Turkmenistan, shown by Galerie Arabesque. In the late 19th century, it became fashionable to decorate houses with carpets from these regions. Marilyn Garrow Fine Textile Art brings Chinese and European textiles such as an 18th century Italian couched floss silk on silk satin textile, priced in the region of £5,000.

William & Mary 'Arabesque' seaweed marquetry walnut chest of drawers, c1680-90, £15,500 from Walton House Antiques

William & Mary ‘Arabesque’ seaweed marquetry walnut chest of drawers, c1680-90, £15,500 from Walton House Antiques

Jeroen Markies’ Art Deco Strohmenger baby grand satinwood and walnut piano came from The White House in North London, a guest house for the stars of the silver screen filming at Elstree Studios during the 1920s and 30s, for sale for £16,500. Walton House Antiques is bringing a superb late 17th century William and Mary period walnut and  elm chest of drawers, c1680-90, with wonderful arabesque design seaweed marquetry panels on both the top and the drawer fronts, selling for £15,500.

Paintings depicting London scenes can be found on many of the picture dealers’ stands. Vauxhall Gardens by Doris Zinkeisen (1898-1991), £5,500, and Albert Bridge, Chelsea by Michael D’Aguilar (b.1924), £1,250 from Cambridge Fine Art. Piccadilly Circus, London by Maurice Bliek (1876-1922), £12,000, comes from Atelier Ltd. Charles Plante Fine Arts has a pen and ink drawing of Arc de Triomphe in Paris, 1805, priced at £12,500, previously in Yves St Laurent’s collection.

Book now for your ticket to a world of top quality and luxury. Make a day of it, enjoy a meal at Gordon Ramsay’s ‘maze’ in the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square or take in a West End show and spoil yourself with a night’s stay in the hotel, enjoying all that London has to offer, as well as a first class antiques and fine art event in situ.

Tickets are £10 from The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited. Tel +44 (0)1797 252030 or email mayfair2@adfl.co.uk www.mayfairfair.com