A Spanish colonial cabinet from 1680, with tortoise and mother of pearl inlay, and a panel painting of St. Anthony of Padua holding the Christ Child, at Peter Petrou, London, at the London International Fine Art Fair
When Florida fair organizer David Lester commandeered the leadership of London’s Summer Olympia Art and Antiques Fair a year ago, insiders pondered the merits of such a takeover. With the grand dame of traditional antiques shows, the Grosvenor House Art & Antiques Fair, literally expiring on its 75th anniversary last June, the playing field changed considerably. In its place is a flurry of fairs. Brits Anna and Brian Haughton set up their inaugural Art Antiques London, which is slated to open this week, while a dealer-led consortium is launching Masterpiece 2010 London, which debuts June 24, 2010. Can the market support three shows in a single month, or do too many players lead to cannibalization?