Art & Antique Fair Olympia in London
Added On July 1, 2016
The Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia returned to London this week for the 44th year with an impressive dealer line-up and exciting new content. 160 dealers present over 55,000 items with prices ranging from 130 U.S. dollars to over 1 million.
Lifestyles has more about the items.
A local UK dealer brought a very rare collection, including an ammonite of 80 million years. The ancient fossil is from the bearpaw formation occasionally turn into an astonishing multicolored gemstone.
SOUNDBITE: COSTAS PARASKEVAIDES, Exhibitor
"Actually a lot of Chinese clients are really attracted to this type of fossils. I don't know why but people tell me because the color. Because the red are very auspicious color that they work very willing the home, especially when you have a lot of light like in here. They really reflect the light, beautifully well. So we are very happy to have it here at the fair."
The Fair showcases over 55,000 items and an eclecticism to cater to the seasoned collector, trade professional and those looking to acquire beautiful and unusual items.
According to the organizers, the aim with the showcase is to give new industry talent, an opportunity to participate in a global art and antiques event and also for visitors to join such great show.
SOUNDBITE: MARY CLAIRE BOYD, Fair director
"What I think is the highlight as always with the Olympia is that the sense of the discovery. Because you really never know what's going to come around the corner and what's you are going to find and then you just have to buy it because you fall in love with this. So in each genre, there are many many highlights, but it's always in an individual thing and it's a taste, it's a measure of taste."
Another impressive feature of this year's fair is the talks programme. The organisers have partnered with leading museums and institutions to present stimulating and inspiring talks. Those partaking include Royal Academy of Art, the V&A museum, National Gallery and Tate Britain.
Running from 27th June until 3rd July, the fair is one of the key events in the global art and antiques calendar, attracting close to 30,000 visitors and hosting a vast array of items from antiquity to the present day.