Friday, June 1, 2012
Visitors to the fair will have access to authentic fine art and antiques previously vetted by dealers (some exhibiting and some not), museum curators, auction house specialists and restorers split into thirty two committees, who check the authenticity, date and condition of each exhibited item, enabling the visitor to buy with confidence.
Among the many objects being exhibited at the Olympia International Fine Art & Antiques Fair, there will be 19th and 20th century European paintings and drawings, 20th century and Modern Art design, Art Deco & Art Nouveau, Contemporary Art and Design, European ceramics, furniture (20th century, Asian, continental, English formal, oak & country), glass, Impressionist paintings, jewelry, photographs, prints and maps, posters, statuary, sculptures, woodcarvings, objects of Virtu & miniatures, scientific instruments, tribal art, clocks, and several other objects representative of our art and history.
Counting with over 70 furniture dealers and 18 international dealers, from all over Europe and from as far as Tazmania, the Fair will offer the chance not only to see rare objects of art and antiques, but also to talk directly with experts.
In its events programme, the Fair will also include a series of lectures and panel discussions and tours.
Also making part of the programme is Olympia Contemporary, a showcase of fascinating and exciting works of contemporary and modern art, design and furniture brought by 27 dealers from the UK and abroad.
Some interesting and curious highlights include: an original Ernest Shepherd drawing of Winnie the Pooh; a 4.5 billion year old piece of Campo del Cielo Meteorite; a wine cistern weighing 1200 troy ounces; Claude Monet's "Eglise de Varengeville, effet Matinel"; and a Silver Toilet service made for the Duchess of Norfolk in 1708 by Benjamin Pyne of London.
With the purpose of showing to the public the breadth of objects on offer to them and the depth of expertise available through their dealers, the Country Life - LAPADA Object of the Year will be on display to the public, on stand E05.
A judging panel of 7 eminent experts, chaired by Huon Mallalieu of Country Life, will award three prizes and a further three prizes will be awarded through the People's Vote.
The winners will be announced at the fair on Tuesday 12 June.