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This blog post was written and provided by The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia
“An endlessly rewarding journey of detection, embracing patronage, fashion and power”
Buying your first piece of valuable art for your home is a hugely exciting moment. Often it’s a big investment and searching for that one statement piece to start your artistic journey can be intimidating. Should you buy the big names? What style should you look for? And where do you buy from?
The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns to London for its 46th year next week where dozens of art dealers will be showcasing some incredible pieces from the likes of Damien Hurst, Henri Matisse, Tracey Emin, Andy Warhol and many, many more.
Here are some top tips to provide the starter art collector with all they need as they begin their journey.
Buy what you love
John Robertson, art dealer says: “Buy with your heart. The pain of parting with your money must be totally subsumed by the pleasure of ownership”.
“Accept that mistakes can be made in art, just as in love, but embrace it. It can be a journey of a lifestyle as you learn, become braver and expand your horizons. I’ve bought and sold thousands of pictures during my 50 years in the trade yet still feel I’ve barely scratched the surface”.
“It’s an endlessly rewarding journey of detection, embracing patronage, fashion and power.”
Charles Plante, art dealer agrees: “Always buy a work of art which you love!”
Research, research, research
Jamie Anderson from Waterhouse and Dodd says: “The golden rules are to firstly read and research; visit auctions and art fairs and follow up with visits to galleries. Supplement these visits with trips to museums and open exhibitions like the summer shows at the RA and through all these trips, get a handle on where your taste lies.”
Tanya Baxter from Tanya Baxter Contemporary adds: “Learn the art of buying – trust your eye as well as your due diligence and research. You will live with these works for a long time.”
“Learn about the art market yourself by attending exhibitions, museums, lectures and talks and of course, read up on the internet.”
Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director at The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia adds: “Works with documented provenance represent a savvy purchase. Artists who have works in public collections or have had one man shows with top galleries and museums will forever be in good stead – as will members of the RA. Buy from a ‘vetted’ fair like Olympia, (where every piece is checked by experts before opening) if you possibly can to ensure authenticity.”
Discover what you like
Anderson says: “You should find an artist or style and period you like. Make use of books and magazines and online sites like Artsy and Artnet and research in more depth, then set a budget which is affordable and comfortable. Take your time making an individual purchase and carefully consider each acquisition.”
Baxter adds: “Buy with your heart but think wisely. Look at all mediums, different periods and movements. Much like shares in the stock market, don’t overexpose yourself to one particular artist or genre.”
Boyd says: “The best way to know if you like a piece is to physically see it before making a big investment. This is where the fairs that take place in the UK prove so successful as it gives dealers who may not have a shop or gallery the opportunity to meet with new buyers and show their stock directly rather than just over the internet. Similarly, buyers enjoy the opportunity to meet dealers who specialise in their preferred artists and genres as it gives them the chance to build lasting relationships with them.”
Buy from established dealers
Baxter believes: “Even the most prolific and prestigious collections started small, so take your time and seek advice from the experts. Work with a gallery or dealer you trust who has years of experience in the art market and a good reputation.”
Plante says: “Buy from specialist dealers who are often experts in their respective fields and can guide you best in their area.”
Robertson adds: “Reputable dealers will be happy to answer all your questions. Don’t begrudge them a profit as they are doing all the work“.
Think outside the box
Baxter says: “If you are buying a big name or a blue chip artist, remember it’s possible to start with drawings. Just look at the value of Hockney’s drawings today!”
Discover the history of a piece
Baxter highlights the importance of knowing the history of a piece of art: “Provenance is one of the key factors. Check out the paper trail or the history of the work of art – where it has been catalogued and sold at auction, any restoration or if it has been ‘bought in’ unsold at auction. Check authenticity with other experts.”
Don’t rely on art purely as an investment
Anderson says: “If you are concerned about investment potential and resale opportunities, you should seek independent advice. Beware any dealer or gallery that guarantees an investment return and be aware that art ordinarily is a relatively illiquid asset. You should buy an artwork because you love it and find it fascinating, not necessarily because you think it will increase in value. If in doubt, get a second opinion!”
Of course the pieces of art you are buying are valuable assets. Baxter says: “Like all other assets, keep records, photographs and insure the value of the artwork at home and work.
Even if you intend to sell the artwork later, enjoy the work whilst you have it. So many buyers place works in storage which is devastating for the artist’s posterity and indeed a pity that you don’t feast your eyes on your work of art.”
Boyd says: “When investing in art, it’s very important to remember that it’s the collection of works that are worth more than the sum of the individual. So, if you create an excellent relationship with a dealer they will help you build your collection”.
Running from 20th to 27th June, it is a key event in the global art and antiques calendar, attracting visitors from across the globe. Known for its diverse offering, the Fair will feature 160 of the world’s leading art, antiques and contemporary dealers. Taking place for eight days only, there will be an unrivalled choice of over 50,000 pieces on offer.
Loved by collectors, interior designers and those looking for exceptional pieces, The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia showcases the finest array of art and antiques including antique furniture, alongside jewellery and collectables. From antiquity to the present day, every item is individually vetted by a team of independent experts – enabling visitors to buy with confidence.
Art enthusiasts will discover an impressive range of paintings from Modern British and contemporary to Old Masters as well as 18th and 19th century art, prints and posters. Those with a keen eye for jewellery will find thousands works including pieces from distinguished designers such as Cartier, Boucheron, Vacheron Constantin and Tiffany.
For four days (20th – 24th June), the Fair will take place within the prestigious, House & Garden Festival at Olympia, alongside the distinct yet complementary events, GROW LONDON, Spirit of Summer and HOUSE Fair. Creating an exceptional shopping destination for stylish living, gardens and interiors.
The House & Garden Festival will run from Wednesday 20th until Sunday 24th June, with The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia event running from Wednesday 20th until Wednesday 27th June.
Tickets will be on sale from the beginning of February. For more information please visit www.olympia-art-antiques.com.
The House & Garden Festival and The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia takes place at the Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.
For your complimentary ticket to the fair – please click here.
Supported by GreatArt, the 2nd edition of Roy’s People Art Fair returns in April to bring 80 emerging and established artists to the iconic OXO Tower Wharf in the City of London.
The Works on Paper Fair Returns to The RGS in South KensingtonThe Works on Paper Fair is the UK’s specialist fair for all art on paper, from all periods. The fair will be held for the third year at the Royal Geographical Society, South Kensington, between 1 – 4 February 2018.
Last updated – 22/10/2018
2018 is set to be another fantastic year for art fairs and events across the capital. We like to get dates in our diary in good time so have compiled our 2018 London Fair Guide. We will keep this guide updated throughout the year with new events and changes.
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London Art Fair 17 – 21 January
Celebrating 30 years in 2018.
Decorative Art Fair 23 – 28 January
The first of a trio of Decorative Art Fairs at Battersea Evolution kicks off in January.
Get your free tickets here – www.decorativefair.com/free-ticket
LARTA – The London Antique Rug and Textile Art Fair 23 – 28 January
Taking place on the mezzanine level at the Decorative Art Fair.
Collect: The International Art Fair for Contemporary Objects 22 – 25 February
Collect returns to London’s Saatchi Gallery for its 14th Edition.
Affordable Art Fair 8 – 11 March
The first AAF of the season kicks off in beautiful Battersea Park.
Battersea Evolution, London SW11 4NJ
BADA Fair 14 – 20 March
King’s Road, London, SW3
The Other Art Fair 22 – 25 March
Victoria House, Southampton Row, London, WC1A 2QP
Roy’s People Art Fair 12 – 15 April
Now in its 2nd year, we are pleased to announce a partnership with Roy’s People Art Fair for 2018.
Free tickets here – www.royspeopleartfair.com/visit.php#ticketsSection
London Original Print Fair 3 – 6 May
Now in its 33rd year, the London Original Print Fair will run in the Royal Academy’s beautiful Main Galleries.
Affordable Art Fair 10 – 13 May
Affordable art moves north of the river to the leafy suburbs of Hampstead.
Hampstead Heath, London NW3 1TH
Photo London 17 – 20 May
Somerset House, London
Masterpiece London 28 June – 4 July
South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, Chelsea Embankment, London SW3 4LW
20/21 British Art Fair 12 – 16 September
Moving to an exciting new venue for 2018 – Mall Galleries.
Mall Galleries, London SW1
Start Art Fair 13 – 16 September
Now in its 5th Edition at Saatchi Gallery.
The Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY
LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair 14 – 19 September
Art Car Boot Fair 16 September
Granary Square King’s Cross, 20 Canal Reach, London, N1C 4BE
Frieze London 4 – 7 October
Moniker International Art Fair 4 – 7 October
10th Anniversary edition
Affordable Art Fair 18 – 21 October
Battersea Evolution, London SW11 4NJ
Winter Art & Antiques Fair 29 October – 4 November
Olympia National, London, W14 8UX
Roy’s People Art Fair 1 – 4 November
Get your free tickets here – www.royspeopleartfair.com
Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
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The successful London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is returning to London ExCeL 12 – 14 January and their expert speakers will highlight key interiors trends for this year.
“Eclecticism is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look. Quirky is cool. 1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s? A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall? Why not?” notes antiques expert Mark Hill.
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co sees more and more Asian antiques taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. She comments, “As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”
Bold Colours & Paler Woods
Interior designer Clare Pascoe observes that: “In 2018 the trend for dark walls will continue, but the new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls to combine in a look that I refer to as “Scandi-noir”. Pink shades will remain on trend, but will shift towards tones of peach and apricot. Home-owners will turn their attention to less prevalent blonder woods such as ash and oak from prestigious Scandinavian designers such as Moller and Wegner. The lighter tones of these pieces juxtapose well with pastel colours and dark walls” continues Clare.
With shows such as Mad Men on-screen, mid-century furniture is basking in the limelight more than ever. Clare remarks that “If you bide your time in order to buy a genuine article, you not only protect the original design provenance, but your piece will make a genuine statement in a room,” as reproduction pieces are made.
People are becoming more and more environmentally aware so antiques will rise in popularity due to buyers’ desire to be more sustainably responsible. Clare says: “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last. They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future.” Toma agrees: “As the green movement becomes de rigueur, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue. Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realization.”
“There will be an increased awareness and appreciation of rarity and craftsmanship when it comes to jewellery.” says jewellery expert Joanna Hardy. “The jewellery houses or individual artisans will continue to remain in the spotlight in 2018 – for example, Castalani, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lalique, Fouquet, Fabergé – all these exceptional master craftsmen pay so much attention to detail.” Mark agrees: “There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman, from a richly coloured piece of treen, to a sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art.”
The London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will be at ExCeL London 12th – 14th January. www.artantiquesinteriorsfair.com
Those looking for inspiration for their homes amidst the post-Christmas weeks rejoice as the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair returns to ExCeL for a second year.
London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is a new style art and antiques Fair bringing together 100 specialist dealers showcasing over 30,000 unusual and desirable items from classic to contemporary. The fair is an ideal shopping destination for those searching for that perfect piece to add to their collection or simply looking for a statement piece; as well as those on the hunt for items to decorate their home.
After a successful launch in January 2017, the event will return to London ExCeL for three days (Friday 12th – Sunday 14th January) where visitors will discover all types of exhibitors and designs including furniture of all periods, ceramics, glass, prints, paintings, jewellery, silver and vintage textiles. Priced from £50 to £50,000, there is bound to be a piece that every visitor will fall in love with!
Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director of London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair says: “Our first year of the fair proved hugely successful with shoppers travelling far and wide to meet dealers and browse for that one of a kind piece of art or antique. For 2018, there will be an even broader range of exceptional pieces for guests to discover including an array of decorative and mid-century pieces to inspire, ensuring the fair remains a must-attend event in the New Year.
“People come not only to shop but to learn. Visitors have the opportunity to hear first-hand from some of the UK’s best and most well-known antiques experts, so those making their first foray into the antique world need not feel daunted as help is on hand throughout!”
A series of Celebrity Talks will include experts, Mark Hill and Judith Miller from BBC Antiques Roadshow, as well as recognised names from the world of interior design such as the British Institute of Interior Design. The event is expected to draw a number of avid collectors, seasoned shoppers and first time buyers looking for something truly unique, and with the eclectic range on offer, the fair is sure to suit a variety of tastes – young and old.
Mid-century modern Danish furniture specialist, Danish Homestore, experienced a hugely successful weekend last year and is pleased to be exhibiting again in 2018.
Simon Harrison, Director of Danish Homestore says: “London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair is the perfect destination for buyers seeking beautiful pieces for their homes and offers the chance to seek advice and see curated collections from experts such as ourselves available.
“We’re very excited to be returning and participating in this fair for its second year. It is a wonderful hub of choice for interiors enthusiasts at exactly the right time of year – when homes need a fresh look ready for spring and buying vintage has always been a comfortable investment.”
Every item on sale will be vetted by a team of vetting experts to ensure that all pieces are authentic and correctly labelled, giving buyers every confidence in their choice.
Tickets will be priced at £16 on the door and £12* in advance.
London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair will take place at ExCeL London. It will be open from 11-6 Friday and Saturday and 11-5 Sunday. It will take place in Halls 9-11, using Entrance N5 and visitors are advised to take the West Entrance and Custom House DLR Station.
For more information please visit artantiquesinteriorsfair.com.
*A transaction fee of £1.20 applies.
The acclaimed Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia returns to London this October for its 27th year. Running from 31st October until 5th November, it is the flagship art and antiques event of the British winter season. 100 of the UK’s very best dealers will be offering an incredible array of over 30,000 one-off, diverse and truly original pieces – all within the iconic setting of London Olympia.
The fair is an inspiring destination for home owners and interior designers as well as seasoned collectors. It is particularly popular with those looking for unusual, not-on-the-high-street Christmas gifts. The six-day event is expected to attract over 20,000 shoppers from the UK and internationally, all looking to buy works priced from £100 to hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Ranging from signed jewellery, artwork, furniture, ceramics, glassware, clocks, fossils, textiles, mirrors, silver and sculpture – the Fair will host an amazing choice of pieces that is sure to inspire the experienced buyer or the first time follower.
Mary Claire Boyd, Fair Director says: “The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia has become an important event for the winter arts season, attracting consumers and trade alike. The Fair also runs at the same time as Asian Art in London when major collectors descent on London. The diversity of pieces on sale from our dealers is extraordinary and ranges from diamonds to dining tables and from lanterns to Lalique.
“Interest in antique furniture appears to be increasing as interior fashion favours an eclectic mixture of old and new. These pieces provide long lasting durability and many years of pleasure to live with.”
It is the only fair in the UK to work in association with the top two trade associations, BADA (The British Antiques Dealers’ Association) and LAPADA (The Association of Art & Antiques Dealers). There is a very strict vetting process in place whereby everything is checked by independent experts to ensure that every piece for sale is genuine and correctly labelled.
There is a complimentary interiors and arts talks programme and highlight tours from an independent art advisor. Both are included within the ticket price
From 4pm until 9pm on Tuesday 31st October, there will be an exclusive Preview Event where visitors can have a first view of the incredible array of pieces on offer.
Ticket prices for Preview day are £30 while standard advance admission is £15* and £20 on the door.
The Winter Art & Antiques Fair Olympia will take place at the Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX.
artWEEK Live Music Night In support of Central London Samaritans
Devised by Artist Consultant & Curator Patsy Buchanan, on the evening of Wednesday 20 September we will celebrate art and live music in support of Central London Samaritans.
All within the backdrop of artWEEK Exhibition from 18 until 23 September 2017 – with artists Catherine Ingleby, Geoffrey Harrison, Lindsay Terhorst North, Robert Lee Davis, Sue Hoar, Susana Bravo, Terry Beard and Tony Short – at a hidden gem near Piccadilly Circus.
Listen to live music by up and coming singers.
Have your portraits drawn.
Buy a “Hope” Canvas.
For every £10 raised Central London Samaritans will be able to complete two potentially life-changing calls.
100% of monies raised from the sale of the “Hope” Canvas and portraits drawn, £5 from every entry ticket bought for this event will go to the Central London Samaritans, as well as 15% from the sale of paintings sold by the exhibition artists.