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Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair 2010

Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

Event preview

THIS YEAR, the Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair will take place at The Marquee, Battersea Park, from April 20 to April 25, 2010.

A refreshingly natural Foyer display will showcase wonderful garden sculpture, fountains, natural decorative objects and unusual ways to decorate any garden space, whether small or vast, in town or in the country.

The Foyer will be creatively curated by Robert Barley, a sculptor and dealer in collectors’ items and works of art, who has exhibited at the Decorative Fair since its launch in 1985. All items in the foyer, drawn from exhibitors, will be for sale.

This is the Fair’s 25th Anniversary Year, and the event goes from strength to strength, immune to the whims of fashion or fad. Now averaging 135 exhibitors per event, the huge variety of stock, its decorative appeal and the inventive way in which dealers exhibit items on their stands means that sales at the Fair continue to be buoyant. International decorators and private customers love to snap up these unique treasures.

Whilst the make-up of the Fairs has changed since they launched 25 years ago, the experience at The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fairs has not. Buyers still find it the most inspiring and relaxed antiques event in the UK, while dealers offer interior decorators and private buyers the best design options around for a very individual look.

The mainstay of the Fairs is:

1. Decorative and painted furniture.
2. Traditional English and Continental wood furniture.
3. Art Deco and mid-century modern design.
4. Lighting: from romantic chandeliers to modernist 1960’s wall lights.
5. Mirrors: from carved and gilded or mirror-framed, to painted over-mantels.
6. Textiles: for wall decoration or practical application, rugs and kilims.
7. Upholstered and leather furniture.
8. Garden and outdoor furniture and ornament.

Design schemes are also about the personal touch, and the Fair does not omit the needs of collectors of objects and works of art from the C17th to C21st, with dealers in:

1. Sculpture and statuary.
2. Ceramics, porcelain and glass.
3. Oriental antiques and artefacts.
4. Paintings and prints of all periods to contemporary.
5. Kitchenalia and gardening antiques.
6. Collectors’ items from snuff boxes to antiquities…from tribal art to toys.

But the unique aspect of the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fairs, and for which it is renowned, is the quirky and the unusual: dealers have a great eye for spotting objects that work as decorative highlights in a home. You might find:

1. Industrial or factory furniture.
2. Architectural antiques.
3. Shop fronts and fittings.
4. Fossils and other natural objets trouvé.

Regularly seen at the Fairs are trade buyers from Colefax & Fowler, Ralph Lauren, Anthropologie, Lady Bamford (Daylesford Organic), Paul Smith, Olga and Alex Polizzi (for their own and Rocco Forte hotel projects), Neisha Crosland, Nina Campbell amongst many leading interior designers.

Other well known faces who frequently visit include Sir Bob Geldof, Bill Nighy, Helena Bonham Carter, Deborah Meaden (Dragon’s Den) and Jeremy Irons. The Decorative Fair is one of the few major antiques fairs attended by other dealers in order to buy.

The Decorative Fair is unique in its convenience and atmosphere which is informal and relaxed (well behaved dogs are allowed), and a fantastic café/brasserie catered by Megan’s of Kings Road offers good food and refreshments.

On site shippers can help arrange packing and delivery, and The Marquee (which is outside the Congestion Charge zone), also has free parking (limited) so purchases can be carried straight to your car.

A courtesy Renault Shuttle service operates during Fair opening hours between the Sloane Square Hotel and the Marquee, which runs approximately every 10-15 minutes.

Admission: £10 including a catalogue which gives free return entry to the Fair.

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

The Marquee, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

For more information visit www.decorative fair.com