Operating below the billionaire-level of masterpiece buying is the traditional antique business which relies on venues such as the upcoming British Antiques Dealers Assoc. annual fair in Chelsea to showcase fresh goods. With the loss of the Grosvenor House fair, BADA, set for March 17 to 23, is poised to be more upmarket this year with an influx of new dealers.
One highlight will be “Portrait of a Gentleman on a Grey Hunter” by George Stubbs, once owned by the great American collector of British art, Paul Mellon, which Cotswolds dealer Trinity House is offering for over £2m.
Also on the horizon is a slew of June fairs: the now David Lester-owned Olympia, the Penman fair, and new, buzzworthy shows Art Antiques London and Masterpiece,