IN one of the most crowded week’s in London’s arts and antiques calendar, the Grosvenor House and Olympia fairs are still in full swing. Some may ask if we need more in the way of dealers’ selling exhibitions but they would get a dusty reply from the trade.
Some fair organisers - I think the Grosvenor and Olympia are probably above such concerns - resent dealers cashing in on visitors whom fairs bring to an area, but it's often a more symbiotic relationship. Indeed there are dealers who both stand at fairs and have their own on-premises exhibitions.
Certainly, participating dealers in London Sculpture Week, such as Bond Street antiquities dealer Rupert Wace whose contribution to the event I highlighted a couple of weeks ago, could argue that their customers are as likely to visit fairs as are fairgoers to visit their shops.
Some of the shows will last longer than the stipulated week, as is the case at Daniel Katz, one of the world's top sculpture dealers, who has been specialising in this field since 1968 and counts the great museums of the world among his clients.
He has put together a stunning show at his gallery at 13 Old Bond Street, an exhibition which was shown at his New York gallery from May 3 to 14 and will run in Mayfair until July 23.
Sculptures for sale include an English Romanesque bronze Corpus Christi; a painted terracotta Florentine Renaissance bust of the infant St. John; a Grand Tour marble bust of Caracalla; a Louis XIV bronze group of Hercules Freeing Prometheus and a Philippe-Laurent Roland (1764-1816) terracotta bust.
Among the other participants, Robert Bowman at 8 Duke Street, St. James's, mounts Craft and Creation, showing the work of Rodin and his contemporaries, while animalier bronze specialists The Sladmore Gallery at 32 Bruton Place, W1, present Maquette to Monumental, 100 Years of Animal Sculpture.