Gold cufflinks by the sculptor Anish Kapoor, important photographs by Richard Avedon, rare armour from the Japanese Edo-period, museum-quality Lucio Fontana paintings and antique Van Cleef & Arpels jewelry are just some of the varied objects that were on offer at this year’s PAD art fair in London. Indeed, it is the rich mix of 20th-century design, paintings, photographs, tribal art and antiquities that defines the PAD concept. Founded by Patrick Perrin in Paris, where the fair is still held annually in March, the criteria for entry is based on rarity, quality and, above all, beauty. For this reason, dealers note, around half of the visitors to PAD – which took place in the middle of Berkeley Square, London, from October 16 to 20 – are interior designers in search of unusual decorative pieces that will make a room unique. The focus on beauty is proving a success – not only did PAD London have a record 25,000 visitors this year but next April it will debut a new Los Angeles version of the fair.
PAD Paris: 27-30 March
PAD Los Angeles: 24-27 April

Stockholm’s 20th-century design gallery Modernity sold set of four stained pine, zig-zag chairs (priced at £60,000) designed in the late 1950s by Gerrit Rietveld, which came from the estate of Han Schroeder—one of the first female architects in the Netherlands. “People are buying things for their homes It’s like a very exclusive department store of beautiful objects,” Isaac Pineus, the co-director of the gallery, said to The Art Newspaper.

Beatrice Saint-Laurent of Galerie BSL sold a 2013 brass screen (€140,000) by Taher Chemirik to a private London buyer within the first half-hour of the fair’s VIP opening on Tuesday.

Antiquities specialist David Ghezelbash sold an Etruscan head from the sixth century BC, priced at £265,00, to a private French collector.

New paintings by Royal Academician Christopher Le Brun proved exceptionally popular at the stand of Friedman Benda, with the largest canvas, Painting at Sunrise, going for £140,000.

Photography specialist Michael Hoppen sold the highlight works on his stand such as Nobuyoshi Araki’s Grand Diary of a Photo Maniac (1994) for £30,000 and William Klein’s Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris (1990) for £25,000.

At David Ghezelbash’s stand, a Greek bronze tortoise shell from 400-300 BC sold rapidly, while a 6th century Etruscan head went for €250,000 and a Cycladic head for €120,000.

Tribal Art dealer Bernard Dulon sold the masterpiece of his stand within hours: a 19th Century Teke Fetish figure from the Congo with an asking price of €250,000.

SMO Gallery from Lebanon, the first Middle Eastern gallery to join PAD London, were relieved of the majority of their stand by the end of the week, starting with the opening-night sale of Ouroboros (2011), a golden-scaled snake sculpture by Ranya Sarakbi, priced at £130,000.

Galerie Gosserez sold the vast majority of their stand, with new pieces by Valentin Loellmann, Os & Oos and gt2p going for prices ranging from £18,000 - £30,000.

Modernity, experts in 20th Century Scandinavian design, had an excellent fair with the sale of Gerrit Rietveld’s set of four Zig Zag chairs (1958) for £60,000, a ‘Paimio’ armchair made by Alvar Alto for Artek (1940s), a set of Poul Henningsen table lamps (1926) from the first year of production for £40,000, and a set of Ib Kofoed Larsen ‘Elizabeth’ chairs (1958) for £35,000.

Robin Katz, who specialises in Modern British Art, reported better sales than last year, with major pieces by Bridget Riley, Lynn Chadwick and an Antony Caro table (pictured) all going to collectors.

More PAD Sales

Dealer François Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris, sold a late 1940s sofa and armchair (priced at €250,000) by Jean Royère.

At contemporary art gallery Priveekollektie, a digital work by Dominic Harris, Deep Blue Interactive Aquarium, 2012, priced at €95,000, sold to a private collector.

Galerie Gmurzynska sold Scott Campbell’s Lonely, 2013, for around €25,000.

Galerie Von Vertes from Switzerland sold a painting by Max Ernst for seven figures.

Stellan Holm Gallery sold pieces by Nate Lowman in the region of $700,000 and a work on paper by Franz Kline for around $400,000.

Galerie Kreo, renowned for cutting-edge contemporary design, sold consistently throughout the week, with purchases including a Marc Newson table at €300,000, a Campana Brothers Fata Morgana mirror for €32,000, Pierre Charpin’s Carbon Shelf for €36,000, and Alessandro Mendini’s Lampada in white gold for €75,000.

Nominated one of the most beautiful pieces at PAD London by Architectural Digest France, Fender Lamp (2013) by Johanna Grawunder at Galleria O. went for €12,000.