Depicting a Chinese lady working on an embroidery panel, it is offered for £12,900 by Millington Adams, one of 43 exhibitors.
The Mayfair event traditionally kicks off the UK fairs calendar in London, but it probably comes as little surprise that the 2021 edition will be virtual.
Rather than congregating at the Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, dealers will showcase their stock on the fair website as well as on Facebook and Instagram from January 7-10.
“We successfully staged our Petworth Park fair in September, but that was outdoors, albeit in a marquee,” says organiser Ingrid Nilson of Antique Dealers Fair Limited. “This fair, usually being in a five-star hotel in Mayfair, won’t work that way, so we have decided to safely hold an online version.”
Though the trade hopes to be out and about again in 2021, Nilson reiterates that there are advantages to digital events.
“This virtual event opens up our annual London fair to an even wider audience without them even having to leave home, let alone jump on a plane, train or boat or book into a hotel,” she says.
“We will miss interacting with visitors at this event, but hope to be able to meet everyone again in better times. At least as people aren’t spending their time and money visiting London, they may feel inclined to buy something to enjoy or enhance their homes.”
Less money to spend on travel means more to spend on one’s self or home.
Another highlight, for example, is a late 19th century English diamond necklace that doubles as a brooch and hair ornament or can be transformed into a tiara in 18ct yellow gold and silver. Offered in what is assumed to be its original Collingwood case by Robin Haydock Antiques, it is priced at £48,500.
Wakelin & Linfield offers a large c.1760 Neapolitan bombe and serpentine-fronted commode retaining its original marble top. Decorated in kingwood double herringbone veneers, it retains its original gilded brass sabeaux and is available for £28,000.
Also among those standing at the fair are Mary Cook Antiques, Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts and Timothy Millett.
ADFL continues to back the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust, which supports contemporary British craftspeople.