Unmasked in Many Ways
What an experience! Where else can you spend a good couple of hours in the presence of superb works of art, antiques and jewellery hosted with fine Gusbourne English sparkling wine and delicious canapes? At the JDRF ‘Unmask Type 1 Diabetes’ Party at LAPADA – that’s where! The somewhat clumsy title of the event does no credit to what a captivating superb event this is.
Welcomed on a warm September evening to a vast temporary structure in Berkeley Square with a chilled glass of the type of English sparkling wine that wins awards over revered Champagnes I was, almost, overwhelmed with the grandeur of items on display. Original Lowrys or Francis Bacons and signed Picasso lithographs in abundance. There were excellent examples of every style of art.
I loved a display called Neoclassical with honest reproductions of antiquities. I felt privileged being able to wander up close through a display of genuine antiquities. A stand of larger than life models of masked characters from the Venice Festival parade was slightly off putting but must be present because it appeals to others. Antique furniture from every era, in excellent condition, was in abundance. The jewellery was without end. The jewellery stand that caught my eye the strongest was the most ferociously lit stand. Intense spots streaming down on row upon row of diamonds. Well you want your diamonds to sparkle!
The unmasking of all this incredible art is to support JDRF’s drive to unmask Type 1 Diabetes. I certainly walked away with my eyes opened.
JDRF seems to have stepped beyond its official title of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in exposing Type 1 Diabetes from being a hidden condition affecting approximately 400,000 people in the UK, with over 29,000 of them children.
The Annual LAPADA Art & Antiques Fair in Berkeley Square showcases antiques, design and decorative arts, jewellery, furniture, carpets, tapestries, antiquities, clocks, ceramics, silver and fine art of the finest standard.