One of the most beautiful interiors events of the season, The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has its second edition of the year in Battersea Park the week after the coronation on May 9th-14th. Amongst the 130+ stands of traditional and informal antiques, 20th century design and works of art is a seasonal focus on garden-related furniture, objects, planters and statuary.
The Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair is aimed at professionals as well as at the public who like designs and antiques. The popular fair is held three times a year, in Battersea Park, close to Sloane Square and Chelsea, London.
Exhibitors come from across the UK to display their carefully gathered collections of country house antiques, art nouveau and deco designs, mid-century classics, glass and silverware, decorative textiles, out of the ordinary lighting and mirrors, collectable curios and unexpected treasures, shown alongside art and sculpture of all eras and styles from traditional to contemporary.
For the garden, discover unusual decorative objects, sculpture, planters and furniture with dealers such as Muse The Sculpture Company who specialise in contemporary bronzes and large-scale works to commission for outdoor spaces, Nicholas Gifford-Mead one of London’s leading experts in fine antique garden furniture and statuary, Wakelin & Linfield who favour elegant ironwork decoration such as étagères (open shelves for displaying potted plants), benches and urns, Inglis-Hall Antiques where folk art weathervanes can often be found, The Home Bothy and Vagabond for stone and marble statuary pieces, D.J. Green Antiques for all manner of planters and garden pottery, Garden Artefacts with antique and vintage garden ephemera and Violet Grey for decorative urns, garden ceramics and garden furniture.
Among new exhibitors being welcomed this Spring are Anthony James & Son Ltd, a long-standing London family firm specialising in antique furniture, mirrors and objects from the Queen Anne, Georgian, Regency and Victorian periods, and Sam Kohn Fine Living based in Lillie Road Fulham with decorative twentieth century design.
The organisers are also delighted to welcome back young dealer Jacksons Antique with Asian and European antique objects and works of art, and Marie Ducasse Design with mid-century furniture, lighting and decoration, who join the many regular exhibitors taking part.
Among objects you might find for sale: a Swedish modernist armchair in Svenkst Tenn floral upholstery, a fine Regency faux bamboo painted chest of drawers c1820, a pair of C19th porcelain parrots, a Queen Anne candlestand table c1700, a Carolean wainscot chair c1640, a ceramic horse by contemporary Spanish artist Luis Vidal, a late C18th French folk art painted marriage casket, or a George III mahogany fretwork stool with period needlework c1760.
A frequently observed and unique aspect of the Fair is the breadth of stock available across every period and style, to suit every budget; in fact it is possible to decorate any room in any type of house from top to toe, in myriad tastes, from extraordinary to understated, opulent to folksy, formal to fun. Prices at the Fair range from under £50 to £50,000+. Shop for sustainable, expertly crafted heirloom designs that have stood the test of time, and bring a unique sense of history to interiors and exteriors alike.
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair has a relaxed and laid-back ambiance, where professional designers and trade buyers rub shoulders with private clients and international collectors of all ages. Celebrities and international royalty are often seen at the Fair in a private capacity, enjoying the freedom of browsing in peace. Among recent well-known faces have been, from the acting world, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her film-directing partner Martin McDonagh, Eddie Redmayne, Jack Dee, Griff Rhys Jones, Michelle Dockery, Richard E. Grant, Francesca Annis, Nigel Havers and Stockard Channing; David Beckham, Guy Ritchie, Lady Bamford, Sir Paul Smith, Nick Candy (of Candy Brothers property); hoteliers Olga Polizzi and Kit Kemp, and leading interior decorators such as Nina Campbell, Rose Uniacke, Veere Grenney, Kelly Hoppen and Rita Konig.
Dates: Tuesday 9 to Sunday 14 May 2023
Venue: London Evolution (The Marquee), Battersea Park via Chelsea Gate, London SW11 4NW
Admission costs: £20 per person on opening day and £10 p/p on subsequent days; Free entry daily from 4pm
Tuesday 9 May 12:00-20:00
Wednesday 10 May 11:00-20:00
Thursday 11 May 11:00-20:00
Friday 12 May 11:00-19:00
Saturday 13 May 11:00-19:00
Sunday 14 May 11:00-18:00
Free shuttles: Courtesy shuttles run between the Sloane Square Hotel and the Fair four times per hour
Travel info: Check further travel details online at https://www.decorativefair.com/location/
When arriving by cab or car, entry is via Chelsea Gate only (south side of Chelsea Bridge)
DIARY DATES: Autumn Fair, 3rd-8th October 2023