Free Tickets are available to all Members & Subscribers of The Finial, for the BADA Antiques & Fine Art Fair, at The Duke of York's Headquarters, Kings Road, Chelsea, London; 19th to 25th March 2002 (Tickets normally £10 per person).

If you wish to receive tickets (for up to 4 people), please either send a stamped self-addressed envelope or telephone, email or write to me and I will leave the tickets on the door for you.

There will be leading silver dealers exhibiting at the fair showing a fine selection and variety of early spoons such as Apostles, Lion Sejants & Trefids to excellent Arts & Craft examples. Amongst these specialists will be around another 100 antique & fine art dealers offering for a sale a fascinating selection of paintings, furniture, ceramics, clocks, jewellery, textiles and works of art.

Also at the Fair is The Cellini Restaurant renowned for its fine wines and gastronomic delights with it's own a la carte menu deigned by Relais Gourmond award-winning chef Michael Caines, from Gidleigh Park in Devon. You can also enjoy champagne and delicious canapés at The Champagne Bar, or take light refreshments in the Duke of York's Club (for table reservations, Tel. 020 8601 2063).

Among the exhibitors:
J H Bourdon-Smith Ltd will be bringing a good selection of spoons to the Fair, such as those illustrated on the front cover (details on page 2), they hold a large stock of fine and interesting early spoons, both London made and provincial, with an emphasis on the West Country.
Mary Cooke Antiques Ltd always carry a good range of Charles II and William III Trefids as well as caddy spoons and related pieces of interest for all collectors.
Sanda Lipton with her wealth of knowledge will be showing appealing items of stock for the connoisseur, like fig. 1, a large and generously proportioned George II silver Hanoverian pattern basting spoon, Lon. 1752 & fig. 2, a set of six 18th century silver naturalistic teaspoons, circa 1750.
Payne & Son Ltd of Oxford, well known for their range of Arts & Crafts and Contemporary pieces which will include examples such as fig. 3, a silver spoon by the Artificers Guild, Lon. 1930, designed by Edward Spencer & fig. 4, a silver preserve spoon by Liberty & Co, Birm. 1910 designed by Archibald Knox.
Nicholas Shaw Antiques who is recognized by collectors for his specialist areas; Scottish provincial, Irish and York will undoubtedly have an excellent display on offer, for all to see.
Steppes Hill Farm Antiques, professional, charming and veterans of the BADA Fair, will be exhibiting a fine selection as always, ready to assist and give advice, if needed.
Daniel Bexfield Antiques come and say hello, Ed.


The Finial, February/March 2003

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