We had a fantastic time visiting this year's BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair at Duke of York Square in Chelsea for its 23rd annual edition. The Fair is not only the perfect place to find pieces to add to a collection, but a great starting point for first-time buyers as you really are guaranteed to find many of the UK’s best dealers all under one roof. At this year's Fair there was an excitingly eclectic array of fine art and antique pieces on display.
The BADA Fair always lives up to its reputation and this year so many interesting pieces caught our eye. We’ve selected a few of our highlights from the fair.
These three paintings by Ivon Hitchens exhibited by Jenna Burlingham Fine Art really stood out for their interplay of bright and muted colours. British painter Hitchens flourished in England during the 1920s, working as part of the London Group alongside painters like Roger Fry. The landscape in West Sussex where he had his home and studio served as his greatest inspiration, and he focused on the light, trees and water that surrounded him. We love these three paintings because they really typify his style; showing his blend of impressionistic landscapes with almost abstract coloured forms.
Above L-R: Ivon Hitchens: Holbrook, c. 1938, Spring Glory, Larchwood and Grey Shed, c.1943
Hugh Leuchars had a fantastic selection of Continental furniture on display too. We particularly liked this Louis XVI Tric Trac table (below left) in mahogany, ebony and gilt metal.
As well as European Antiques and Fine Art, there were some fabulous pieces from Asia and the Middle East that added vibrancy and colour to the Fair. Christopher and Angela Legge's stand included this 19th Century silk Ikat robe (below left) from Uzbekistan. Farnham Antique carpets also had a beautiful selection including Indian and Persian Ziegler carpets with stunning designs.
On Frank Partridge’s stand we came across this spectacular ormolu-mounted blue John urn (below left) from 1780. It really is an emblem of its time. Blue-john was exported during the 18th Century to France and used for luxurious objets d’art which were adored by collectors including Marie Antoinette.