The Game Fair announces new partnership with LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair

SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN 2009, THE LAPADA ART & ANTIQUES FAIR HAS GROWN TO BECOME A FOREMOST INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE FOR ART AND ANTIQUES, AS WELL AS ONE OF THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS ON THE LONDON SOCIAL CALENDAR.

This new partnership offers complimentary access to LAPADA Art and Antiques Fair using the e-ticket below, plus the opportunity to attend an exclusive evening event. 

The Game Fair Managing Director James Gower explained ‘A vast number of visitors to The Game Fair are from, or based in London and have been coming to the event for decades, sourcing sporting art and sculpture. LAPDA has an international reputation amongst purveyors of fine art in the same way that The Game Fair is the pinnacle event for lovers of the countryside. The partnership with The Game Fair and LAPADA has enormous potential and we look forward to welcoming invited guests to an exclusive talk with renowned auctioneer, Gavin Gardner, at the event in a few weeks time.’ 

The exclusive evening talk by Gavin Gardiner, focusing on vintage firearms will take place on Tuesday 17th September, the penultimate day of the fair. 

Gavin Gardiner has over 35 years experience in this field. Coming from a traditional background, he was brought up with guns and shooting and has been involved with the Gun Trade from an early age. He first worked for Sotheby’s in 1982 helping with weekend viewing of a Sporting Gun auction, while still at School. From that moment he was hooked and has been involved in almost every Sotheby’s Sporting Gun auction since. His passion became a full time job in 1987 when he joined Sotheby’s full time.

He has been involved with many memorable auctions over the years, including Sotheby’s sales in New York and Geneva as well as the renowned Gleneagles auction that has remained the market leader in this sector for over fifty years. Career highlights have been numerous and include: guns built for Royalty (Edward VII, Edward VIII and Lord Mountbatten), built for the most famous sportsmen of the day (Lord Ripon, Prince Victor Duleep Singh and Harry Stonor to name but three), Important Statesmen and Prime Ministers (Winston Churchill, Harold Macmillan and Lord Douglas Home) as well as rock stars and celebrities (Eric Clapton and John Entwistle). He has also worked for one of the leading London Gunmakers during this time which gives him a unique perspective in this field. Returning to Head Sotheby’s Sporting Gun Department Worldwide in 2001 he doubled turnover in his first year, and has continued to develop and refine the auctions since. He left Sotheby’s at the beginning of 2006 to establish his own company, Gavin Gardiner Limited,  to take responsibility for the London and Gleneagles sales, and remains as a consultant to Sotheby’s worldwide.

Sophie Wood, Organiser of LAPADA Arts and Antiques Fair said, “We are delighted to partner with The Game Fair this year, that perfectly complements the LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair as we celebrate our 10th anniversary in Berkeley Square. Both share a breadth of specialisms, a wealth of heritage brands at the core of their offering, many of which were founded in and around Mayfair – just a stone’s throw away from the fair. Throughout the LAPADA association’s 45 years of trading the qualities that have made it grow and endure are: expertise, quality, craftsmanship, provenance, attention to detail and excellent client service helping people to buy art and antiques with confidence which mirrors The Game Fair in many ways.”

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis. 

5.30pm Arrive for a glass of Gusbourne

6pm Gavin Gardiner. Vintage Firearms: Collecting and the Law. A brief talk about collecting antique, vintage and modern guns, in the context of todays world and the potential pitfalls a collector may face.

6.30pm Brief antique firearms tour. 

RSVP to emma@zambuni.com 

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