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Autumn 2017 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Event preview

LONDON’S chicest, and largest, antiques and period design event, the Autumn 2017 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (October 3 to October 8 at Battersea Park London) sails in with a nautical tack!

The Fair’s much-anticipated Foyer presentation, which sets a trend for each event with a styled and themed selling display of furniture, art and accessories drawn from exhibitors, is The Admiral’s Eyrie, a gentleman’s study-come-sitting room with a twist of sea-farer’s folly.

Formal antique furniture will be mixed with modern accents such as lighting, and given a distinct design focus by decorating with marine instruments, pictures and works of art. Among the more quirky elements will be a set of WWII Zeiss naval binoculars, a large lamp from the Mumbles lighthouse in Swansea, a mid-1960s model of a Chris-Craft/Riva type motorboat, and a selection of sea charts and world maps.

The Autumn Decorative Fair is a high point of the Design Season for interior decorators. With more than 160 exhibitors taking part, the Fair is at capacity, with an exciting selection of stands up on the Mezzanine to be discovered, in addition to those on the ground floor.

New this Autumn is an early-opening for the eponymous brasserie, Megan’s Kitchen, allowing visitors the chance to come an hour before the Fair (from 11am on Tuesday, October 3, and from 10am from Wednesday, October 4 through to Sunday, October 8) for brunch or leisurely coffee before shopping.

All participants are carefully selected, specialists in antique and 20th century design from Britain and Europe with an unrivalled selection of stock. Private customers mingle with leading members of the international design trade, retail buyers and film stylists who attend the Fair to search out original and unusual furniture, art and accessories to give their projects an individual touch.

New exhibitors at the Autumn 2017 Fair include McWhirter Antiques Ltd (Langton Street, London SW10), established for over 25 years, dealers in interesting and quirky furniture and works of art from the 18th century to the present day; Bleu Anglais (London, by appointment), with Chinese and Indigo folk textiles, and up on the Mezzanine, Inglis Hall Antiques (Heathfield, E. Sussex) with cabinet curiosities, unusual objets d’art, art and design.

The Organisers are also delighted to welcome back a number of dealers who have recently joined the Fair, including Nigel Bartlett, renowned dealer in architectural antiques and mantelpieces; Sjostrom Antik of Sweden with Scandi and Italian 20th century design; Galeria Miquel Alzueta of Barcelona and Girona with a pleasing mix of 18th century Catalan furniture and modernist designers such as Perrian and Prouvé blended with contemporary Spanish art; and Malby Maps Ltd, who joined the Fair earlier this year and specialise in fine antique and decorative maps and globes.

There will be a strong showing of art at the Autumn Fair, with leading galleries such as Anthony Hepworth, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, Black Ink Masterprints, Julian Simon Fine Art Ltd, Darnley Fine Art and The Parker Gallery in attendance. Expect to find dealers in traditional country house antiques, fine furniture, 20th century design, decorative and vernacular antiques making a strong show, plus a fascinating selection of quirky accessories and unusual objects for the decorator and collector.

Image: Antique coral on base, Verde Gaban.