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Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair - Autumn 2011

Autumn 2011 Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

Event preview

THIS autumn’s Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair runs from Tuesday, September 27 to Sunday, October 2, 2011.

It will feature some 140 exhibitors with the best array yet of decorative and fine antiques and 20th century design, mixed with unusual accessories, desirable objects and works of art from the classical to the contemporary.

The Foyer Feature, Festival Influences: British Design ‘51 to ‘61, looks at how the 1951 Festival of Britain influenced furnishing and design in the following decade.

Featuring furniture and accessories drawn from C20th dealers at the Fair, shown alongside period photographs, textiles and works of art, this is an opportunity to see and buy original 1950s British design.

As well as the Festival’s South Bank site, many other events took place at the Festival Pleasure Gardens in Battersea Park, the same location of today’s Decorative Fair.

With exhibitors from the UK and Europe, period designs offered at the Fair come from all corners of the globe: England, France, Denmark, Sweden, Scotland and Italy are the most prevalent countries of origin, but oriental and African works also abound, particularly in textiles, tribal art and many out-of-the-ordinary collectors’ items.

The Decorative Fair, held three times a year, provides an important and significant buying opportunity for international decorators and trade customers. With around 140 exhibitors, the choice all conveniently under one roof is phenomenal.

Regular trade customers include Michael Smith from the USA (currently commissioned to re-decorate the White House), Kathryn Ireland, Michael Lawrence-Bullard, Colefax & Fowler, John Minshaw, Candy & Candy, Paul Smith retail, Ralph Lauren retail, Hackett, Lady Bamford of Daylesford Organic and Nicole Farhi, to name but a few.

Fine period furniture for the serious buyer can be sourced here, from 18th century Windsor chairs, refectory tables and early oak pieces to refined Georgian townhouse furniture in the manner of Chippendale and Gillows.

More affordable pieces can also be found, by well-known historic designers and makers, such as late C19th upholstered sofas by Howards, Arts & Crafts retailed by Liberty, and early 20th designs by Maples. Art Deco also features, from birds-eye maple dining suites to fabulous mirrors.

The variety of mid and later 20th designers is extensive: Gio Ponti and Ico Parisi of Italy rub shoulders with leading Scandinavian names such as Hans Wegner, Arne Jacobsen and Georg Jensen.

The ability of the exhibitors to inspire visitors with room-set style stands, blending the fine with the decorative, painted furniture with polished, and an unerring eye for the unusual, sets The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair apart from all others.

Tickets: £10 including catalogue (which allows free return to the Fair throughout the week).

Times: Tuesday 12pm – 9pm, Wednesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm, Friday and Saturday 11am – 7pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm.

The Marquee, Battersea Park, London, SW11

There is a free Renault shuttle service from Sloane Square Hotel direct to the Marquee, which runs approximately every 10 – 15 minutes during opening hours.