BADA 2017 Best Stand Awards

Posted: 2017-03-15 11:59:28

BADA 2017 opens its doors to the public on Wednesday 15 March at Duke of York Square, Chelsea and as the excitement builds, we are delighted to announce the winners of our BADA 2017 Best Stand awards.

The prestigious awards are judged by an independent panel of experts representing the worlds of fine art, interior design and the art media: Susie Rumbold, president of BIID (British Institute of Interior Design), Patricia Stevenson, Publishing Director of Tatler, Joe Kennedy, Director of contemporary art gallery UNIT London and Kate Slesinger, Publishing Director of House & Garden.

There were four award categories available this year with judges asked to assess fair exhibitors for best use of lighting, best showcase display, best individual object and the highly-coveted best stand award. The judges were given a private tour of the fair on Tuesday afternoon before reconvening in the Pantry to make their final decisions.

The best display award was given to long term BADA member Michael German Antiques who celebrate their 40th year with the association in 2017. Specialists in arms, armour and antique walking canes, the judges were particularly impressed with the thoughtful arrangement of Michael German’s contrasting collections on Stand A57 and the creative use of display cases which expertly showcase the rich variety of stock.

Our judges agreed that the best lighting category should go to Haynes Fine Art who can be found on Stand C38. Exhibiting a broad range of works, encompassing the depth of their specialism from 18th century fine art to modern and contemporary pieces, their Wall of Warhol, featuring seven pieces by celebrated American pop artist Andy Warhol, was a major hit with the judging panel.

Competition was particularly strong for the best object award with the judges giving honourable mentions to a Louis XVI period shagreen and silver-gilt casket from Anthony Outred on Stand A42, and Thomas Coulborn and Son’s Indian Mounted Toilet Glass on Stand C70. A set of four 19th century burr elm marquetry inlaid ‘curricle’ bergere tub-shaped chairs from Freshfords Fine Antiques on Stand A56 were also in the running.

After lengthy deliberations, the judges decided to present the best object award to Howard Walwyn’s Sutton Court Great Chamber Clock. Made for the Strachey family at Sutton Court, Somerset, the magnificent clock dates from 1672, is over eight feet tall and stands in its original painted wainscot oak case.


Not surprisingly the Best Stand award was another keenly contested category with judges reserving significant praise for the exhibits from Jonathan Cooper on Stand B64, Godson & Coles on Stand B38 and Peter Petrou on Stand B40. However, the Best Stand award was given, by unanimous verdict, to first time exhibitor Isherwood Fine Art. Specialising in 16th-19th century British and European portraiture, the judges loved the understated elegance and sensitive curation of Nicola Isherwood’s display.

You can judge for yourself and see if you agree with our panel’s decisions when BADA 2017 opens to the public from 11am on Wednesday 15 March.

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