With around 120 stands at the Winter Olympia Art and Antiques Fair in London, there is considerable competition to win the prize for Best Stand.
Presentation, colour scheme, lighting, quality of stock, labelling and other factors, such as just how inviting the display is to new buyers, are all taken into consideration when looking for the three awards made by the two leading dealer associations, the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) and the Association of Art and Antique Dealers (LAPADA).
As well as Best Stand overall, the BADA and LAPADA each present an award for Best Stand displaying Pictures or Textiles and Best Stand using Display Cabinets.
An invited team of expert judges tour the stands as the event prepares to open to find th eir favourites and, interestingly, despite the judges being different each year, often the same names come up time and again.
Four of this year’s winners have won an award in the past two years. They must be getting something right!
Here are the six winning stands for 2014. more