The 2010 Fair runs from 15th – 21st November. Attracting over 22,000 visitors. The Fair comprises 140 exhibitors from across the UK in an elegant setting. It also features in the annual,pre-Christmas, social calendar.Previous attendees of the Winter Fair have included Bono, Claudia Schiffer, Jemima Khan,Jools Holland, Jasper Conran, Bryan Ferry,Nicky Haslam, Sir Bob Geldof, Jeremy Irons,Kay Saatchi and Sir Peter Blake.Supported by the country’s two most important trade associations, the British Antique Dealers’ Association (BADA) and The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers (LAPADA), every exhibitor has been approved by a panel of experts which include some of the UK’s top dealers. The Fair is also a participator in National Antiques Week 2010.On sale for £1.7million, Trinity House has a John Singer Sargent (1856 -1925)‘Head of a Woman with Gold Earrings’ c. 1878-80, Oil on canvas (pictured above).Inscribed, ‘to my friend Mrs Branson/J.S.Sargent’ it was sold in 1926 at Christie’s London, by Mrs. Juliet Branson. The painting was bought by Oscar B. Citas (1887–1957), a Cuban sugar and railroad magnate, sometime ambassador to the U.S.
(1932–34), and art collector. A sale of Cintas’s Old Masters was held at Parke-Bernet, New York, 1 May 1963, to raise funds for the foundation he set up; this included works by, Bellini, Frans Hals, El Greco, Rembrandt, Rubens and Van Dyck as well as the Sargent.Francis David Millet (1846-1912) was a friend of Sargent’s and often used his daughter as a model. Strachan Fine Art has a signed oil on panel, A Girl on a Marble Garden Seat Playing a Lyre by Millet. ‘Frank’ Millet was a writer, sculptor and designer. He became an international artistic and literary figure, including being the host to the Broadway colony of artists in England. He died on the Titanic, where he was last seen helping women and children into lifeboats.Sculptor and artist David Wynne counts everyone from the Aga Khan to the British royal family as models and he even made a bronze of the Beatles in the 60s. He has public works around the country (including the Queen Elizabeth Gates in Hyde Park)as well as in several British cathedrals. Strachan brings a bronze Maquette III of Christ on the Ass The Entry into Jerusalem,1954. While Wynne’s secular sculpture is elegant, decorative and characterised by its vitality, his religious work is deeply spiritual and moving. Pre Raphaelite dealer, Campbell Wilson has a small Collection of Morris and Co original drawings in pencil and pen and ink, depicting Figures playing Musical Instruments, the drawings were made as designs for Morris and Co. tiles and come from the collection of the Antiques Roadshow Presenter, the late Barbara Morris.He also brings a pencil drawing of Portrait of Fanny Cornforth by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) c 1862. Fanny Cornforth was a regular model for Rossetti at this time, as well as his mistress and occasional housekeeper. She played an important role in the development of his style in the 1860s from medievalism to the studies of voluptuous beauties for which he is best known.On sale for £79,950 through Willow Gallery is a signed oil on canvas, Big Ben,London by Jean Dufy (1888 – 1964). Jean Dufy is one of the great Fauvist painters and the brother of Raoul Dufy. This painting is exceptional and typical of his work with bright colour and a busy composition.Sylvia Powell, specialist in late 19th century, early 20th century pottery including Picasso works, has two Picasso framed, signed, commemorative tea towels from peace festivals. One, Colombe aux Fleurs was made for the Moscow festival of 1957 and the other, Festival pour la Paix for the Berlin festival in 1951.For collectors with less peace-loving interests, furniture dealer, Hatchwell Antiques has a range of Aeronautical antiques including a mirror made from a Boeing 727 jet engine intake, a table based on a Jacobs 7 cylinder radial engine from a WWII US military Cessna AT-17 “Bobcat” and a wind tunnel development model used in the design of a Lockheed F-104 starfighter, produced at Lockheed Burbank, CA, c1955.Arms and Armoury dealer, Garth Vincent, brings the last known pair of Pouldrons (shoulders from a suit of armour) in the world, dated 1580 from Germany.The Winter Olympia Fair has always been known for its choice of fine furniture and WR Harvey & Co has a Kingwood Oyster veneered and Rosewood Crossbanded Cabinet on Chest by Thomas Pistor C.1690. Thomas Pistor was a leading furniture maker in London during the second half of the 17th century. Amongst his clients was James Grahme, a courtier of significant stature in the Royal Household of James II. Wakelin and Linfield brings a William and Mary fall front escritoire in walnut literally smothered in marquetry depicting birds and flowers – a celebration of nature. In very good condition for a late 17th century piece, it comes from a private collection in Sussex. Kent-based Lennox Cato has one of a pair of carved rosewood 19thcentury occasional tables from Bombay c1830 as well as a Black Japanned bureau Cabinet, English c1720 George III. David Bedale brings a Regency rosewood bergere chair, attributable to Gillows, English, circa 1825.For those looking for more eccentric and eclectic pieces, Geoffrey Breeze specialises in antique walking canes. In his latest collection ‘Canes Of The Famous And The Infamous’ he holds the sword cane of Emperor Bokassa originally
purchased at James Smith and Son, London. Alongside this is another notorious ’s cane with whalebone shaft and marine ivory handle depicting Emperor Napoleon, c 1810. A Narwhal cane presented By Sir Walter Scott (novelist and Scottish Nationalist ) in 1822 to commemorate visit of George IV to Edinburgh is also in the collection.Wick Antiques brings a piece of British Naval history – an oak lower gun deck beam end chock from HMS Victory. The triangular chock has six copper and muntz metal clench bolts protruding from the reverse. Traces of the original white paint remain.
Olympia works with over 100 experts across 28 object categories to vet the fair, from
rare glass, ceramics and textiles to clocks, prints, sculpture, mirrors and maps in
order to ensure that the highest standards are maintained. During the run of the Fair,
Corfield Morris, Advisors in Antiques and Fine Art will be available to give guidance
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|Duration||15 November 2010 - 21 November 2010|
|Times||Collectors’ Preview - Monday 15 November 4pm - 9pm Tuesday 16 November 11am - 8pm Wednesday 17 November 11am - 8pm Thursday 18 November 11am - 8p|
|Cost||Advance Booking Discount £10 single / £17 double On the door £13 single / £19|
|Venue||Olympia Exhibition Centre|
|Address||Hammersmith Road London W14 8UX, ,|
|Contact||/ / www.olympia-antiques.com|