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OBJECT LESSON

Why restrict yourself? Fair organisers are encouraging a mix-and-match approach, and the eclectic style that Peter and Leonora Petrou are contributing to the rebranded BADA 2017 could make an ideal fit, as Frances Allitt finds out

Interview

These three Bronze Age fibulae date to 1000BC and are among the pieces the Petrous will exhibit on their stand at BADA 2017. Priced at £18,000, the 11in (27.5cm) long pieces come from central Europe.

WE’VE been chatting in the living room for about an hour, sipping coffee in low, comfortable armchairs, when one of the Petrous makes an offhand reference to narwhal tusks, with a gesture to a spot just behind me. So packed is their north London home with wonders that until this moment I hadn’t noticed the teeth towering behind me like giant stalagmites.

The house from which Peter Petrou runs his dealership with his wife Leonora is reminiscent of Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum, except that all the objects have escaped from their display cases. They’re surrounded by a well-organised crush of curiosities.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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