Olympia Exhibition's 38th year promises something for every taste


If you have ever wanted to see a brooch in the shape of a frog, set with dementoid garnets, then you need to visit the Olympia International Fine Art and Antiques Fair in Kensington, London.

The event, which runs from today, June 9, until Sunday, June 19, brings together a vast array of different objects from the arts world to exhibit them to the public.


Unique, but charming, is certainly one way to describe this brooch

We have picked out our favourite pieces which will be shown, but to make your own mind up, then visit the fair to decide for yourself.

Gallery Yacou will be showing off some unique carpets, believe it or not. One of them, the Ushak, dates from 1890 and has a rare ivory field and square shape. The interesting pattern certainly differentiates it from conventional carpets, to say the least.

Along with the frog mentioned above, another distinctive brooch comes from Wimpole Antiques, in the form of a fly. Comprised of amethysts set in 18k gold, it may not be to everyone's taste, but is at least worth a viewing.

If antique chairs are more your thing, then you can't do much better than the Italian harped chair being shown by Wilsons. The 19th century piece depicts Cupid playing the instrument, and was clearly made to a high quality.

For animal fanatics there are some wonderful pieces on show, such as Elephant du Senegal, an 1875 bronze sculpture by Antoine Louis Barye - exhibited by Hickmet Fine Arts - which has been handcrafted to show an exceptional level of detail.

Another well-made figure is that of a duck, dating from 1810, being shown by John Howard. Made of English Prattware pottery, it is elegant in its simplicity.


Truly symbolic of the Art Deco movement, this great clock is worth a look

However, our favourite object has to be the wonderfully designed Art Deco clock being exhibited by Smith Robinson. Dating back to 1930, when the movement really flourished, it is a very stylish piece, consisting of shagreen - a type of leather - and walnut, mounted on a chrome frame.

However, do not just take our word for it. Visit the exhibition, which has now been running for 38 years, to decide for yourself what the standout object is.


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