Some dealers reported that business was subdued as the November 1-6 event grappled with a shifting calendar of rail strikes and tough economic conditions.
A positive early sale for Jeroen Markies Art Deco was In Flight, a 2ft 5in (73cm) high sculpture by Pierre Le Faguays (1892-1962) of a female acrobat ticketed at £14,500. Markies also sold two bookcases and he dubbed the early days of the fair “steady”.
The same word was mentioned by fellow exhibitor of Art Deco and Art Nouveau sculptures David Hickmet, which he deemed “good considering this climate”.
The fair took place on the gallery of the Olympia exhibition centre above the Spirit of Christmas Fair. Both are run by Clarion Events.
Mark Goodger found there was particular interest in his selection of tea caddies. A decagonal tortoiseshell example c.1790 with ivory stringing and silver handle and escutcheons sold with a ticket price of £4000.
Laura Bordignon, a specialist in Japanese Meiji period works, sold a bronze okimono of a pair of turtle doves on roof tiles, which was offered for £6500.
Several dealers praised the opening but felt attendance later on was low.
They also mentioned an uncertain fairs calendar for London next year.
At the time of going to press, details of The Open Art Fair (running from April 19-23 at Duke of York Square, Chelsea) and the potential return of LAPADA’s Berkeley Square event were pending.
As reported in the last week’s issue, the two editions of the Chelsea Antiques fair set for 2023 have been called off.