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Spring 2013 Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair

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THIS YEAR, the Spring Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair will take place at Battersea Evolution (The Marquee) from April 23 to April 28, 2013.

The Fair attracts over 140 dealers from the UK and Europe – leaders in the field of decorative antiques and 20th century design; and specialists in fine and traditional antique furniture, fine art, works of art, textiles and smaller accessories such as glass, folk art, vintage and antique jewellery.

Wonderful objects, furniture and works of art of all periods will tempt every aficionado of fine interiors.

The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair is a definitive and highly regarded source for international interior designers; John Minshaw, Colefax and Fowler, Veere Grenney, Candy and Candy, Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, Nicky Haslam, Paolo Moschino, and retailers buyers such as Ralph Lauren, Paul Smith and Anthropologie all shop here.

At the Winter Fair in January, major trends included traditional accessories from kitchenalia to vintage wine glasses, decorative and collectors’ textiles and quirky decorations such as antique shoes and ‘Grand Tour’ intaglios displayed under domes.

Also selling well was good antique furniture, from Georgian walnut to Regency mahogany and light oak Arts and Crafts or Cotswolds School, and upholstered seating such as classic, comfortable ‘country house’ chairs by Howard & Sons; a common design thread between them was simplicity and good proportions.

Antique mirrors and lighting, perennial customer favourites at the Decorative Fair, displayed an interesting trend in January; industrial and quirky was ‘in’, so immediate sellers were mirrors that were circular, convex or metal-framed, whilst best-selling lights were floor lamps (metal, or chunky turned wood), metal lanterns, or industrial ceiling lights in glass or metal.

NB: A Guide to Collecting Affordable Antique Furniture (Vivays Publishing) features a large number of illustrations from the Decorative Fair’s library of stock photographed at past Fairs and on Saturday, April 27, a book signing session by author Caroline Wheater will be held at the Fair. Full details will be available at prior to the Fair.

Each year, the Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair takes place in January, April and October. It is a friendly, relaxed and approachable event, and draws a crowd of regular customers including interior designers, antiques trade buyers, private buyers doing up houses, and younger couples seeking out a select piece of art or modern design to bring an individual accent to their home.

Launched in 1985 to cater especially to the needs of interior designers, The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair is now one of London’s largest antiques fairs, and the only event of its kind in the UK.

Battersea Evolution (The Marquee), Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ