BADA Fair preview – exceptional items heading to London

BADA 2019 will return to Duke of York Square in March, bringing the annual celebration of fine art, design and antiques back to the west London address.

BADA Fair exhibit of a Thomas Chippendale sofa
Giltwood sofa upholstered in blue damask, attributed to the workshop of Thomas Chippendale English Circa 1765 106 x 234 x 100cm Courtesy of Godson & Coles © Godson & Coles

The British Antique Dealers’ Association said that the 27th edition of the fair will showcase more than 5,000 objects, spanning antiquities to modern and contemporary pieces. The event, running from March 20-26, will offer collectors, curators and lovers of art the opportunity to browse and buy exceptional items displayed by 100 of the UK’s finest dealers.

‘Les coteaux de Sèvres’ oil on canvas at this year's BADA Fair
‘Les coteaux de Sèvres’ Oil on canvas Albert-Charles LeBourg (1849-1928) 40 x 71 cm Courtesy of Walker Galleries © Walker Galleries

Among the leading galleries exhibiting at BADA 2019 will be:

  • Godson & Coles, specialists in English period furniture and British Art of the mid-20th century
  • Sandra Cronan, dealing in esoteric jewellery from the 17th onwards
  • W.W. Warner Antiques, specialists in porcelain, pottery and glass from the 16th to the 19th century.
  • Alexander di Carcaci and James McWhirter, who specialise in English, Continental and Colonial furniture and works of art
  • Award-winning English clock dealer Howard Walwyn
  • English and French antique furniture specialist Frank Partridge.
A 17th-century mirror at this year's BADA Fair
17th century carved giltwood and gesso Florentine mirror Italian Circa 1680 118 x 67 x 7cm Courtesy of Freshfords Fine Antiques © Freshfords Fine Antiques

Each year our exhibitors assemble unique, distinctive and unrivalled collections, featuring works from many of the world’s finest artists and makers. Among the remarkable pieces already confirmed for BADA 2019 are a giltwood sofa upholstered in blue damask, attributed to the workshop of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779), a Louis XIV Bureau Mazarin attributed to celebrated Parisian ébéniste Pierre Golle (1620-1684), and works by celebrated painters including J.M.W. Turner (1775-1851), Edgar Degas (1834-1917), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919), and Henry Moore (1898-1986).

Also exhibiting at BADA 2019 for the first time is an international roll call of leading dealers, including Alberto Santos, who will be exhibiting a collection of fine Chinese porcelain from the 16th to the 19th century; Salamon Fine Art, an Italian gallery, based in Milan, who specialise in Fine Prints and Contemporary Figurative Art; and 3 Details Ltd, who will be exhibiting fine and decorative antiques, furniture and design.

Elsewhere at the event, there will be an impressive offering of traditional, modern and contemporary art; fine furniture; jewellery and modern and contemporary designs.

Specialisms on offer at BADA 2019 will include:

  • porcelain and ceramics
  • textiles and carpets
  • silver and metalware
  • clocks, watches and scientific instruments
  • antique and contemporary glass
  • arms and armour, sculpture
  • Asian and oriental art
  • antique boxes.

2019 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Philip de László (1869-1937), the celebrated master of Grand Manner portraiture, who painted many of the most powerful and influential figures in late 19th century Europe and America. BADA 2019 is partnering with The de Laszlo Archive Trust to present some of the finest examples of his work, sourced from private collections.

Chinese porcelain jars on display at the BADA Fair
A pair of Chinese export porcelain baluster jars decorated in under-glaze cobalt blue, Kangxi Reign, Qing Dynasty Chinese Circa 1700 Height: 57.8 cm Courtesy of Santos © Santos

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