This year The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair celebrates its 75th anniversary and will be held in the Great Room of Grosvenor House on London's Park Lane from 11- 17 June 2009. Founded in 1934 the Fair remains the finest art and antiques fair in the UK due to its constant commitment to showcasing the best dealers and the most beautiful objects, all of which are for sale and are strictly vetted for quality and authenticity and exhibited in a magnificent setting.
The Royal Charity Gala Evening has long been one of the highlights of The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair. This glittering event has raised over £3.49 million for the benefiting charities over the last five years and regularly attracts an A-list crowd of the rich and famous. The Fair is delighted that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, President of this year’s charity, the National Casablanca (1942) Osteoporosis Society, will attend the Gala Private View within the Fair and the Grand Tour-themed dinner in the Ballroom on Thursday 11 June.
The Fair showcases an extraordinary range of artefacts. Furniture, paintings, jewellery and more are offered for sale by 90 of the top art and antiques dealers in the world. With its dedication to quality and exclusivity the Fair is the ideal place to start or build upon a private collection and never fails to attract the interest of both seasoned collectors and first-time buyers from around the world.
1970s Shoe Seat
The Fair was started in 1934 as a means of giving the antiques trade a much-needed boost after The Depression. In those days only objects that pre-dated 1830 could be offered for sale whereas now everything from the best English antique furniture to exemplary modern and contemporary pieces can be found. Leading antique furniture dealers Mallett, Apter-Fredericks, Ronald Phillips and Frank Partridge are joined by Peter Petrou who is bringing a number of pieces by the iconic British furniture designer, Gerald Summers, including a circular two-tier coffee table circa 1934 and modular bookshelves circa 1935.
The longevity of The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair reflects its ability to adapt to changes in collecting tastes. Original film posters have been growing as a specialist collectors’ market in recent years and for the first time this year this discipline will be seen at the Fair. Established in 1991, The Reel Poster Company is the premiere international gallery dealing in this market and will be bringing such classics to the Fair as the iconic 1942 poster for Casablanca.
The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair has long been recognised as the best place to find a spectacular selection of antique jewellery and watches. Exhibiting will be leading dealers in the field such as S.J.Phillips, Wartski, Hancocks, Sandra Cronan, Susan Ollemans and Somlo Antiques. Bringing something a little different will be Susan Ollemans who specialises in antique Indian jewellery and will have a large gold cuff bracelet from Tamil Nadu, circa 1900, decorated with rows of fine filigree work. The range of jewellery on offer will be strengthened by the introduction of a new specialist, Symbolic & Chase who deal in both historical and contemporary objets d’art, jewellery and watches from their private salon in Old Bond Street.
Photography was very successfully launched as a new discipline last year. Hamiltons Gallery were instrumental in bringing photography into the mainstream market and will be returning this year with work by classic and contemporary photographers including In my Garage, Monte Carlo, 1986
by Helmut Newton.
Modern British Art has a very strong presence at the
Fair. Leading dealers in the field include Hazlitt
Holland-Hibbert, Offer Waterman & Co, Osborne
Samuel, Richard Green and The Fine Art Society who will exhibit Blue and White, 1971 by William Scott. This year Agnew’s is re-joining the Fair after a break of five years and will show Helmet Head No. 3, 1960 by Henry Moore. In addition to this, newcomers Connaught Brown will exhibit important Impressionist pieces as well as those by European and British Modern Masters, including Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Henry Moore and William Nicholson.
Wine collecting for both personal enjoyment and investment is a rapidly growing field and John Armit Wines Ltd will not only be exhibiting for the first time this year but will also have wine tasting on their stand throughout the course of the Fair. The Diamond Anniversary will be marked with a celebratory party on Monday 15 June. The Private Preview of The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair will be held on Wednesday 10 June and offers invited guests the exclusive opportunity to view and buy works on sale before the Fair opens to the public the following day.
Editors note: The Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair takes place in The Great Room, Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1 • The Fair is open to the general public from 11 – 17 June 2009. • Fair Opening time: June 11, 13, 14, 15 & 17 is 11am to 6pm. • On June 12 & 16 the Fair opening time is 11am to 8pm • The Royal Charity Gala Evening in aid of the National Osteoporosis Society takes place on Thursday June 11, 2009 • Ticket prices: £16 for a single ticket and £27 for a double ticket. Each ticket includes one copy of the Handbook.
Tickets are available to purchase on the website: www.grosvenorfair.co.uk