The Pimlico Road goes to BADA

When browsing through various London events on line I happened to look up the recent Antiques Fair held by BADA at the Duke of York’s Square site just off the Kings Road. As usual they had created a splendid exhibition within their huge marquee on the barrack grounds.

I note that two dealers from The Pimlico Road were exhibiting there. Paul Toberman from Haynes Fine Art, whose gallery is on The Pimlico Road, had created a very stylish stand with their paintings hung on their trade mark, mid Grey walls. They had an eclectic mix of 19th and 20th century paintings from Britain and the continent. John Adams of John Adams Fine Art, their gallery is just round the corner on Ebury Street, had an equally elegant stand with mostly French paintings of the mid 20th century. They also had some delightful smaller works by contemporary artists. Christie , his gallery manager charmed their clients with information and her usual expertise.
BADA invited Joanna Wood and Paolo Moschino to create a room set each in their own inimitable styles borrowing items from the stands of exhibitors at the Fair. Joanna Wood, whose eponymous shop has now moved to Elizabeth Street, designed an elegantly practical room divided into a  seating area and a dining area. Making use of one of her splendid Lewis and Wood wallpapers , mixing antique and contemporary furniture, all set off by antique carpets , the room was invitingly comfortable. I note there were lots of borrowed art works from John Adams Fine Art. Accessories and lighting from her own shop added to the finishing touches, I particularly liked her scenic lampshades.

Paolo Moschino and Philip Vergeylen of “Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam”, who have shops on Holbein Place and Ebury Street, created a dramatic and atmospheric room set with boldly painted Georgian Blue / Green walls. A masculine library come art gallery space displaying a splendid set of marble busts on plinth’s. A very clever bank of brackets painted the same colour as the walls held a luscious confection of potted ferns . Sophisticated drawings and paintings in monochrome blacks and greys hung on the walls. Simple, classic period chairs and tables added to the library feel. A very cerebral and calming room, though I believe it was far from that on the celebratory opening night.
Congratulations all round to our Pimlico Road contributors to what has become the opening event of the social season. The Boat Race followed, then we roll towards The Chelsea Flower Show and Masterpiece and Wimbledon.
Regards and best wishes to you all. Mark Boyce .

This small pocket of Belgravia - just a few minutes walk from Sloane Square - is home to some of the finest antiques shops and galleries in London. There is a vast array of choice; endless variety that satisfies every appetite from the expert eye to the simply inquisitive looking for something special.