BADA ANTIQUES & FINE ART FAIR 2014





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Saddened not to be in Maastricht for the TEFAF this year, A-Gent of Style found great solace and comfort by attending the leading UK fair for traditional British antiques and fine art yesterday. At 9 a.m precisely, A-Gent of Style arrived at the doors of the BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair to attend the press preview before it opened to the public at 11 a.m. Returning to its favourite location until 25 March at the Duke of York Square, off Sloane Square, London SW3, this year’s fair did not disappoint. On the contrary, it seemed like it surpassed itself once again.


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Housed in a purpose-built pavilion, the range of objects for sale ranging from various disciplines such as art, furniture and paintings to clocks, ceramics, silver, jewellery, rugs and much more is the place to buy antiques and fine art from Britain’s most renowned experts. Everything for sale is vetted for quality and authenticity and all exhibitors are members of the Association. The BADA fair is famed for its elegant design and spacious layout, providing a stunning setting for the beautiful works for sale for everyone from the first time buyer to the seasoned collector, with prices ranging from £100 to six figure sums.


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BADA teamed up with the Neuroblastoma Society to raise money for research and hosted a glitzy Charity Gala Reception last night at the Cellini restaurant within the BADA fair.


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Here are A-Gent of Style‘s highlights, favourite picks and some of the stunning vignettes that caught his attention and dazzled him as he browsed the fair for a couple of hours in the blissfully quiet and peaceful environment before the impressive queue of antiques admirers and collectors were let in.


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A-Gent of Style couldn’t have possibly listed every single item or stand but do not hesitate to get in touch should you want to find out the details about any of the objects or dealers. You can reach A-Gent at fabricebana@gmail.com .


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– All photos by A-Gent of Style except logos and photo collage courtesy of BADA –




ALEXIA SINCLAIR’S ‘FROZEN CASTLE’





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One of the world’s premier fine art photographers, Alexia Sinclair, recently completed a most beautiful and challenging photo shoot, ‘A Frozen Tale’, in a Royal Palace outside Stockholm, and takes us on a magical visual journey in this frozen castle, the 350-year old Skokloster Castle, left untouched since the 17th century.

 
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‘A Frozen Tale’ weaves a narrative around some of the famous visitors of Skokloster Slott, such as Queen Christina and Lorenzo Magalotti. Other more obscure figures portray the background scenes of castle life as the ghostly inhabitants caught in quiet moments.


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During the Swedish Age of Greatness in the mid 17th century, this majestic castle was built on Lake Mälaren, 80km from Stockholm, and is considered to be one the finest examples of baroque architecture in all of Europe and boasts vast collections of paintings, antiques, tapestries, weaponry and rare books. Queen Christina of Sweden was regularly seen visiting the powerful military commander at Skokloster Slott. Quite remarkably, the preserved interiors have remained untouched for over 300 years. An unmissable destination A-Gent of Style will be sure not to miss when he finally makes it to Stockholm.


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A-Gent of Style
particularly enjoyed the anecdote behind this shoot. The Palace got in touch with Sinclair for permission to use one of her photographs in an exhibition about the life of Queen Christina of Sweden. Here’s how that email turned into an all-access-pass to a frozen wonderland:

“It was a very exiting invitation and of course”, recalls Sinclair. “We planned to travel to Sweden to attend the opening of this exhibition at the Royal Palace along with Swedish princesses and aristocracy. What a fairy tale! When I asked if I could photograph one of the princesses, they said “no… but we can give you a castle to do a photo-shoot in!” This is where my latest exciting series ‘A Frozen Tale’ began its journey.”



The Cabinets of Curiosity

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And you can view below a behind-the-shoot short movie






 

As an experiment, Sinclair has decided to crowd-fund her next body of work by selling prints of The Cabinets of Curiosity. Usually her prints are reserved for collectors wanting a predetermined limited edition, unfortunately this results in high prices unattainable by the majority of people. This print will be available for purchase for $300 (Australian AUD) until Monday, 14th of April, 2014. N.B. While the edition is limited and a final edition size will be given, the prints do not have print numbers on them. This is because they ship the prints immediately.
Click here to order a print.



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– Photos by Alexia Sinclair –









AFFORDABLE ART FAIR SPRING 2014





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The Battersea Park Affordable Art Fair is back and is now open until Sunday inclusive! March sees the return of London’s friendliest art fair, welcoming art lovers, art connoisseurs and art novices alike to discover affordable art by thousands of artists under one roof. The 117 participating galleries come from all over the UK and abroad, bringing their choicest selections for you to browse, buy, and enjoy.

Everything is for sale between £40 and £4,000, with paintings, original artist-made prints, sculpture and photography all on show. Whether you are looking for artwork that is traditional or contemporary, humorous or edgy, by a famous name or an undiscovered talent, there is something for everyone!


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