The Decorative Fair runs three times a year, and brings 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 and garden design. Works of art from the ancient to the contemporary, including sculpture, paintings, prints and photography are also sold. Discover country, rustic, and reclaimed looks alongside chic and sharp deco-inspired, mid-century modern and all the classics – at the January Fair, David Beckham visited with his decorator Rose Uniacke to source antique Chesterfields, lantern lights and decanters.
Coinciding with the 90th birthday of H.M. The Queen (21 April), the Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair takes on a regal flavour. Exhibitors will bring relevant objects to their stands, and a special foyer display includes works drawn from exhibitors, all for sale, such as a rare London Underground poster for the coronation of King George VI (shown above), an impressive early C19th carved armorial probably displayed at the entrance to an important shop, a contemporary oil painting depicting a Royal Guard, Feliks Topolski sketches of the 1981 wedding between Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, a 1969 Prince of Wales investiture chair designed by Lord Snowden, and decorative objects of all periods with a regal theme.
A host of exciting new exhibitors join the event, offering modern Aboriginal art, ancient jewellery and artefacts, Near East design and art, vintage movie posters, C20th textile art including famous designs by Lucienne Day and George Campbell (shown above, with Esther Fitzgerald Rare Textiles).
Other items to look out for are a fantastic and very pretty C19th haberdashery cupboard with 37 individually-painted drawers, which was probably made for an estate, and a stunning mother-of-pearl (shown above) inlaid late C19th Damascus serpentine chest of drawers (both from Streett Marburg & Charlotte Casedejus); a sparkling and extremely grand early C19th crystal chandelier made for a Spanish palace (shown above, with new exhibitor AntiqBR of Madrid), a superb and highly collectable René Lalique art deco car mascot (new exhibitor Hickmet Fine Arts), an original 1933 poster advertising King Kong (shown above, with new exhibitor At The Movies), a beautiful and on-trend vintage 1950s Italian drinks trolley in chestnut lacquered goatskin and brass (L&V Art and Design), a great-looking pair of art deco-inspired chrome armchairs in the style of US designer Miro Baugham (with Midcentury Online) and an iconic painting of Battersea Power Station circa 1953 by Charles G. Johnson (1902-1983) with Darnley Fine Art.
The Fair admits (well-behaved) dogs so take a walk in Battersea Park and pop in for a spot of interiors shopping.
The Fair opens 12pm-8pm Tuesday 19 April then from 11am daily through Sunday 24 April. Closing times vary. Register online to join the mailing list to receive complimentary tickets www.decorativefair.com.