Antiques from Africa # 41

Summer is here! The weather forecast predicts temperatures moving from 16 with rain, to 22 with sunny intervals, by the weekend in central London. As the weather warms and tourists flock to the capital the Fair Season begins.


First up is the Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair which is takes place from the 5th to the 15th of June at the Olympia Exhibition Centre. This is the largest fair in terms of exhibitors and this year boasts 150 from around the world. The highlight of this fair will be the Archibald Knox exhibition that takes place within the fair on stand D 28. Curated and organised by Anthony Bernbaum this promises to be one of the season’s star attractions. On Saturday the 7th of June there will be two lectures on Archibald Knox “Beauty and Modernity, a Designer Ahead of His Time”,  at 2 pm and then again at 4 pm. Originally planned as single lecture this has proved so popular that a second has had to be laid on. Accompanying this exhibition is a catalogue that will become a standard reference work in time to come.

Knox catelogue

The organisers Clarion Events always manage to add value to this event by laying on an events program that this year covers topics such as Antiques and Interior Design through to American Impressionism: A New Vision. Calling on experts in their fields and giving them the platform to share their passion is what sets this fair apart and the full events schedule can be found at

Art Antiques London 2014

The next event that starts on the 11th of June and runs until the 18th is Art Antiques London. This fair takes place in Kensington Gardens in a purpose-built pavilion and is directly opposite the Royal Albert Hall. Attracting 70 exhibitors across all genres of art and antiques this fair is always strong on quality. The lecture program this year which can be found at includes Jewellery in the age of Queen Victoria: a mirror to the world. and Of Soup and Love…The Campbell Collection of soup tureens at WinterhurMuseum. Finally the Collectors’ Dinner, a novel idea and unique to this fair, takes place on the 16th of June. This gives collectors, curators and dealers the chance to mingle, socialise and share their passion.


The final fair is the top end highlight of the season and it is Masterpiece London. This auspicious event takes place form the 26th of June to the 2nd of July. Its location is the South Grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea. Words alone do not do this event justice and for a feel as to who and what was on show last year see  Here you will find the best of the best and as it says on the website “Masterpiece London gives you the opportunity to get up close to some of the finest examples at the fair and to learn and acquire from the world’s leading luminaries”.

Roll on summer!!