La Balancoire

La Balancoire by French artist Jacqueline Marval (1866-1932) sold for £38,000 at LAPADA Berkeley Square Fair.

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Early sales (as ATG went to press) included at South African dealer The Old Corkscrew. The oil on canvas La Balancoire by French artist Jacqueline Marval (1866-1932) sold for £38,000.

A family that had owned it 34 years ago were the purchasers.

Dealer Jeremy Astfalck said: “The gentleman who sold it had two daughters and one of them discovered it on our website in 2021 after his passing. We let her know that we were bringing it to the relaunch of the LAPADA fair where they were welcome to come and see it. They had fond memories of it growing up and told us that he had always regretted selling it.

“They then decided to purchase it, thus returning it back into the family fold after an absence of 34 years and a round trip of 12,000 miles to Africa and back.”

Bust of Diana

French School c.1970 bust of Diana, £5850 from Vagabond Antiques.

New to Berkeley Square was Battersea Decorative fair regular Vagabond Antiques which sold a French School c.1970 bust of Diana for £5850.

Winterburn Fine Art sold a sculpture by Steve Winterburn titled The Hunt Begins at £9950.

Collective response

Part of the event was a large stand branded as the Berkeley Square Collective which featured objects and art from a variety of dealers which had been curated by House & Garden magazine’s interior designer of the year Maddux Creative.

LAPADA CEO Freya Simms said this area had attracted a number of sales.

LAPADA partnered with Stable Events, also organiser of the annual Game Fair. The fair continues to share the tent venue with PAD London, which runs from October 10-15. This time the LAPADA entrance was to the north of the square, a departure from previous years.

The Berkeley Square fair ran until October 1 and some exhibitors were concurrently running stands at both Berkeley Square and the British Art Fair (September 28-October 1), including Modern British art dealer Freya Mitton.