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A panel of judges, including museum directors, interior designers, journalists and collectors, was invited to select their favourite stand from over 108 dealers at Berkeley Square that opened with a preview event on September 22 and ran until September 27.

The committee chose the Huntingdon dealers "for a museological display that is befitting of an international blue-chip art fair - creating an elegant presentation while also providing comprehensive information for each work offered for sale".

The fair's best objects were also selected from five categories (see below) with ArtAncient again among the winners alongside The Old Corkscrew,

MacKinnon Fine Furniture, Philip Mould Portrait Miniatures, Michael Lipitch and Clive Loveless Primal Art.

LAPADA chief executive Rebecca Davies said: "We are incredibly proud of the quality of pieces that LAPADA members offer for sale. The awards programme is a great way to celebrate the excellence of these works and highlight some of the most fascinating pieces that dealers source for the fair."

 

2015 LAPADA Fair Awards

• Best stand: ArtAncient (Huntingdon)

• Best Silver Object: The Old Corkscrew (Franschhoe, South Africa)

An Art Deco silver three-piece tea service by Joseph Rodgers & Sons, Sheffield 1935. Currently it is the only silver version recorded.

•  Best Furniture: MacKinnon Fine Furniture (London)

A mid 19th century blue john and Ashford marble centre table.

• Best Jewellery: ArtAncient (Huntingdon)

The Ryedale Jewel, an Anglo-Saxon gold and cloisonné garnet mount c.620-680AD.

• Best Objet d'Art: jointly awarded to

Clive Loveless Primal Art (London) and Michael Lipitch (London)

A Paracas (South Coast Peru) textile, shellfish dye on cotton, carbon dated to approximately 2000 years old (Loveless).

A mahogany letterbox with ormolu mounts denoting its owner Paulina Borghese, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte (Lipitch).

• Best Fine Art: Philip Mould (London)

A pair of oil-on-copper miniatures of Charles I (1600-49) and Henrietta Maria (1609-69) together with 38 original costume overlays or 'talcs'. With an asking price of £25,000, they sold to a private collector.