The recent Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia benefited from favourable exchange rates for some buyers, according to the event’s organisers.
The preview on Halloween saw a flurry of sales on day one with international buyers shopping for art, furniture, ceramics, glassware, silver and jewellery. Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director says: “Sales were boosted this year by favourable exchange rates for some buyers. We know from our onsite fair shippers that stock has gone to America and other pieces have reached destinations as far afield as Dubai, Iran, Turkmenistan and China. Overlapping with Asian Art in London has given the sales of Asian pieces an extra boost. We were pleased that the calibre of attendees was high including international buyers and good London-based visitors.”
Some of the key sales at the Fair included:
Kevin Page Oriental Art who sold a carved Chinese Hong-mu wood four panel screen decorated with silk embroidered images of bird’s c.1860 in the region of £20,000 to a Chinese collector.
Ceramic dealer, Alison Davey from Signed & Designed, had one of her best opening nights at a Fair after selling a number of pieces including a Martin Brothers bird for a five figure sum to a new English collector.
Clock specialist, Howard Walwyn sold a London lantern clock by Thomas Milles, 1655 for a five-figure sum early in the fair. Fellow clock dealer, Richard Price sold across the board including a French Empire bronze and ormulu clock from c1805 of gardening form for a price in excess of £10,000.
Art Deco specialist, Jeroen Markies sold a 1930s Epstein dining table and chair suite to a US buyer, as well as a bookcase, several bedside tables and walnut-backed side chairs from the 1930s. He commented, “There has been a desire to spend and often for investment purposes.”
The Parker Gallery sold four paintings on preview night, including a pair of bird oil paintings by Philip Reinagle RA for ticket price £12,500 and a work by Sawrey Gilpin RA for £38,000.
Patrick Sandberg Antiques sold a Chippendale mahogany Serpentine chest for £20,000.
Furniture dealer Guy Dennler said that he had a terrific week selling to both new and old reliable clients. Pieces sold included a pair of Sheraton card tables for £19,500, a sofa table, a Pembroke table and a regency rosewood table.