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Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair 2011

Event preview

THIS YEAR, the Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair will take place at The Marquee, Battersea Park, from May 3 to May 8, 2011.

The Foyer Feature will be the Zen Garden, created by Robert Barley, a dealer in works of art who has exhibited at the Fair for more than 20 years. This garden space will explore themes of contemplation and serenity, drawing on the influence of Buddhist ideals.

As Barley explains further: “A Zen garden should be an inspiring place to sit, and to walk; making space for birds, fish or animals is also important. Natural elements are strongly represented: Earth, Air, Fire and Water. Buddhists have a great respect for, and love of rocks, and often include mountains in miniature in their garden designs.”

The Zen Garden will contain natural sculptural objects, statuary, works of art and other elements of garden decoration, sourced by Barley and also provided by exhibitors at the Fair. All items will be for sale.

Decorators and designers love The Decorative Fair for its ever-changing source of truly original objects, from the 17th to 20th centuries, usefully offered three times a year.

Art is also now well represented at the Fair, from traditional landscapes, animal paintings, portraits and prints, to exciting contemporary works.

Young dealers such as Gray Modern & Contemporary Art (Somerset) and W S Decorative Arts (London) rub shoulders with established international art dealers such as Anthony Hepworth (Kensington & Bath) a leader in the field of Modern British art, and John Barkes with Russian studio works.

Print specialists include Nicholas Price (who also exhibits at the BADA Fair), and Dinan & Chighine who bring large sets of botanical and other themed groups with highly decorative frames much sought-after by interior decorators.

The Decorative Fair is a fantastic and fun introduction to the world of period design. A relaxed and informal atmosphere and beautifully-inspiring displays by exhibitors create the perfect ambience for new visitors to imagine how they might incorporate items in their own home.

Even more enticing is the fact that you can buy a special decorative object for a very modest amount of money – a piece of glass, an antique textile cushion, modern Scandinavian or traditional English ceramics, a vintage garden trug or piece of ‘kitchenalia’ can easily be bought for under £50.

For furnishings and design to set an interiors scheme apart from the crowd, antiques offer a cost effective choice; consider the quality of the original construction, and their unique aspect.

For example, prices for antique or C20th upholstered furniture, with newly-restored upholstery, typically range from between £750 and £2000. This is less expensive than many designer stores. Not only does buying an antique offer value for money, but the purchase can be taken straight home, so no weeks of waiting for delivery!

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

NB: From Sloane Square Tube take the free Renault Shuttle Service from the Sloane Square Hotel to the Marquee; these run every 15 minutes or so during opening hours.