It seems only yesterday that the June Olympia fair closed its doors at the West London venue, but its wintry cousin is almost upon us.
The Winter Fine Art & Antiques
Fair,held in the National Hall from November 12-18, is now 22
years old and is a smaller, more British occasion than the summer
event, and although final numbers weren't confirmed at the time of
writing, around 115 exhibitors are expected this year, slightly
fewer than 2011.
The November Olympia fair has for many years
been a winter staple for visitors and exhibitors, a chance to catch
London business in the run-up to Christmas, and it is seen as a
bellwether for the wider trade.
Last year 23,587 people visited, with 3000
on the opening night, and while there were some good sales, the
tough economy did have an effect, as organiser Clarion
Events' portfolio director Chris Gallon said: "These are not
easy times and I'm pleased that trade was good across the
Ten dealers join the fair for the first time
this year. From the West London decorative enclave Lillie Road come
Candau Antiques, who deal in French furniture,
decorative objects and works of art. Other London-based dealers
include: James Kinmont Fine Art (Modern
prints); Piergabriele Vangelli de Cresci
(works of art from antiquity to the 20th century); and John
Iddon Fine Art of Richmond (20th century British
From further afield come James
Miles from the West Midlands (20th century British
furniture and pictures), Norfolk clock specialists Olde
Time, Hall-Bakker Decorative Arts
from Oxfordshire, Gray Modern & Contemporary
Art from Somerset and Kinghams Art
Pottery from Kingston upon Thames, as well as
Jonathan Marchal who is based in France (Chinese
and Japanese works of art).
Hansord from Lincolnshire
(furniture, works of art and scientific objects), Richard
Gardner Antiques of Sussex and Kent-based Sim Fine
Art (18th to 20th century paintings and prints) will all
return to the fair after a break.
Furniture and Art
English period furniture has always been a
key element to Winter Olympia and habitual exhibitors include
Wakelin & Linfield, Patrick Sandberg
Bunting, Robin Cox Antiques,
S.&S. Timms and W.R. Harvey &
The other dominant force here are the art
dealers, with 20th century print specialists Dinan &
Chighine showing alongside the Scottish-based dealer in
Romantic art, Campbell Wilson, British pictures
dealer Harry Moore-Gwyn, Charles
Plante, who always creates an intriguing, dense hang of
small-scale 19th and 20th century works, and Walker
Galleries, who deal in 19th and 20th century British and
European oils and watercolours.
The range here is largely traditional,
perhaps more so than at the summer event, and there is a popular
mix of collecting fields alongside the art and furniture, with such
smaller items often find themselves bought as Christmas
Japanese works of art are represented by
Laura Bordignon Antiques, while Richard
Price & Associates bring clocks and Alan
Walker Barometers have, predictably, barometers.
Geoffrey Breeze takes his
selection of antique canes, Paul Bennett shows
silver, John Howard has early English pottery and
Alexandra Alfandary will offer Meissen
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