Since my project with Christie’s where I styled a room-set for the November Interiors Auction, my interest in antiques has gradually increased. I’ve always been interested in antiques and the stories that the pieces tell are exactly what I’m all about – story-telling. So when I was invited along to have a look at the Mayfair Antiques and Fine Art Fair at the Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square – I jumped at the chance – especially when I would be getting a private tour through the fair.
This is the fair’s 4th year and the Mayfair event is 4 days long, ending on Sunday 10 January. This boutique event has just 44 dealers – but these dealers are some of the best in the business.
There are some incredible pieces, and I’ll share my favourites with you below. But I would like to mention that there were 3 photographs in particular (which I wasn’t able to photograph due to copyright reasons) that are worth visiting the fair to see. The first being a ‘selfie’ of Andy Warhol and Ozzy Osbourne, the Jacksons with Don King and Simon Le Bon. These are all at the Haynes Fine Art of Broadway stand.
At the same stand were a collection of Andy Warhol illustrations that captured my heart and imagination – I almost pulled out my bank card! I’ve not really been a fan of Andy Warhol’s pop art – but seeing original pieces like this made my heart jump with excitement.
If you are a serious collector, I suggest you head down to the show. If you are an interior designer, you’ll find some incredible unique and original pieces for your clients. And if you are simply interested in fine art and antiques, then you too need to head to the show!
Do excuse the quality of the photographs – I was very aware that these original pieces don’t like the flash to be turned on and the light at the show wasn’t set up for photography, but rather to show off the pieces at the best in real life.
Starting off with the Andy Warhol Queen of Hearts from Haynes Fine Art of Broadway, I fell in love with this piece.
There were quite a few pieces of bronze sculpture, and I think that a lot of collectors and designers are starting to use sculpture a lot more due to the ‘life’ that they add to a space. These were a selection of my favourite pieces.
The above was at the Jeroen Markies stand.
This bronze appealed to me because of it’s sheer size and the subject.
This very impressive art deco piece was such a show stopper – at the Hickmet Fine Art stand.
Showcasing and styling with natural elements like rocks and precious stones is definitely a trend that’s here to stay. I loved the pieces below at the William Cook stand.
Right at the entrance when you walk in you will spot Allan and his wonderful art deco stand, Gazelles of Lyndhurst. His pieces are phenomenal, and his eye for art deco design is second to none.
This miniature chest below was a model of an original piece, back in the day when furniture was mostly bespoke, the furniture makers used to make scale models of pieces for approval from buyers. This little chest is one of them, in perfect condition with it’s tiny ivory knobs – it’s from S & S Timms Antiques.
As this is the Mayfair Antiques and FINE ART fair – of course there was a big focus on fine art, and these were some of the highlights of the fair.
The piece above by Banksy, spraypaint on paper, at the Haynes Fine Art stand.
An original Turner, Study of the head of a moorhen at the Haynes Fine Art stand.
This collection of birds at the S&S Timms Antiques stand.
The Charles Plante stand was a real show – all these small pictures hung together made for quite an interesting stand. I spent quite a lot of time exploring the pieces.
As I mentioned before, antiques do appeal to me as each piece has a story to tell. This sailing boat below from the 19th century was sailed and raced in the Serpentine. Such a fun story and a magnificent piece.
I thought it would be appropriate to end this post with a quirky piece from Andy Warhol – “The End, in the bottom of my garden”.