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The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 2016

Event preview

THIS year’s Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair runs in Battersea Park from April 19 to April 24.

The Decorative Fairs run three times a year, and bring together 150 exhibitors from the UK and Europe offering a wealth of unusual period design, 20th century classics and eccentric accessories, mixed with fine and decorative antiques.

Works of art from the ancient to the contemporary, including sculpture, paintings, prints and photography are also sold.

At the recent Winter Fair (January 19- 24), decorators like Rose Uniacke, Olga Polizzi and Veere Grenney, and US trade buyers such as Billy Cotton, were in attendance. Well-known visitors included David Beckham and Sir Paul Smith.

Glamour was back in demand as buyers sought out deco- and Hollywood-inspired furniture and accessories. Sales of 20th century design proved strong, and antique country and Continental furniture also sold well.

Lovers of vintage fashion, jewellery and fine jewels are also treated to a choice variety from specialist dealers, including dress and collectors’ watches, mid-century designs by Andrew Grima and John Donald, and pre-owned couture pieces from Chanel, Vuitton, YSL, Hermes and Balenciaga.

The Spring Decorative Fair is always a good place to look for garden-related decoration, including planters, urns and statuary, stone benches, metal tables and unusual objets including antique or industrial metal window frames re-glazed with mirror. These make a pleasingly effective addition especially in small town gardens, where they can create the illusion of a larger space.

Coinciding with the 90th birthday of H.M. The Queen (April 21), the Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair takes on a regal flavour. Exhibitors are being encouraged to search out relevant designs and works of art. The foyer display will bring together objects and art with a royal theme, and pieces relating to the Royal Collection, palaces and homes.

Visitors will find items such as ceremonial seating (chairs from the 1953 coronation, and the 1969 investiture of the Prince of Wales, have been much in demand lately), or classic furniture like the Carlton House desk, an early C19th design associated with the London residence of the Prince Regent, later King George IV.

What sets the Decorative Fair apart is the creativity and inspiration of the stand displays, the relaxed and cheerful atmosphere and a thrilling element of the unexpected; you never know what you might find around each corner. From period shop signs and advertising accessories to taxidermy, objets trouvés and fossils, exhibitors have an eye for the distinctly unusual! Decoration has never been such fun.

Easy to access from Chelsea, Sloane Square and Knightsbridge, there is a frequent courtesy shuttle service to the Fair from outside the Sloane Square Hotel. Delicious food from Megan’s Brasserie & Champagne Bar is available all day, whilst on-site packing and shipping facilities make life easy for international and UK buyers.

Well-behaved dogs (on leads) are welcomed, so take a walk in Battersea Park and bring your dog when you shop!

Tickets: £10 on the door including catalogue, which gives re-admission throughout the week, or register at www.decorativefair.com/ to join the mailing list and receive free tickets to all future Decorative Fairs.

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

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11