French-run PAD London returned to its sleek marquee in Berkeley Square with solid sales reported around the chic mix of design, art and, increased this year, antiquities and tribal art and an even stronger Gallic vibe.
PAD had lost some exhibitors to the
new Frieze Masters fair, which consolidated its debut
success in its second year and arguably overshadowed its big
sister, the Contemporary art-only Frieze London, the
mothership of this whole jamboree.
Now 11 years old, Frieze
London was given a bit of an aesthetic makeover this year
which improved the experience but, ironically, it is still starting
to look a bit tired and dated in comparison to the sleeker
Masters event, the fair for historical or 'second hand'
art as some of the contemporary crew call it.
Big sales were made at all three, but there
was still caution in the air too, as seen in the
less-than-spectacular auction series.
The Friezeweek Contemporary art auctions
raised a hammer total of £110.5m at Sotheby's, Christie's and
Phillips. This was around £5m less than the equivalent sales last