22-27 January 2019
Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London
The Winter edition of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, the first of three taking place in 2019, will raise a glass to the New Year when it opens in Battersea Park from 22-27 January 2019.
At the Autumn 2018 event, which took place from 2-7 October, private buyers and interior designers were busy searching for unusual and formal ‘brown’ furniture of all eras, from Georgian bow-fronted mahogany chests of drawers to late Victorian glazed bookcases in dark golden oak, and mid-century sideboards and cabinets in walnut or exotic woods. Traditional English antique furniture is very well priced at present and the chance to own exquisitely crafted, historic pieces at a price similar to newly-made items from designer High Street stores is bringing ‘brown’ back in to fashion.
As well as the eco-friendly credentials of antiques, buyers can see how easily the rich, lived-in patina of antique wood can work with modern interior schemes, complementing both soft and rich colour schemes. The warm tones of wood also work wonderfully well with patterned wallpaper without distracting from it.
Painted antiques continue to be a strong theme at the Decorative Fair; their popularity has continued unabated since the Fair launched in 1985 and made its name as the go-to event for decorative pieces, and in particular painted furniture. Dealers continue to offer an unparalleled mix of fine and rare pieces with original paint and decoration from the 18th and early 19th centuries, alongside more practical everyday items presented in what the trade terms “country house condition” (i.e. remaining un-restored) that have been well-loved over the years, and thus retain a lifetime of character.
Find Unique Accessories
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is also the perfect place to find a wealth of accessories, especially mirrors of every style, and lighting; from antique to mid-twentieth century table lamps, floor lamps, wall lights, modernist ceiling lights and crystal chandeliers. The finishing touch is as important as the furniture in a room, and at the Fair buyers love the choice of collectables that work in decorative groups, often presented by dealers in an inspirational fashion on their stands. Alternatively there are plenty of specialist dealers offering Daum, Gallé, Vannes and Murano glass, antique and vintage glassware and ceramics for everyday use at table including French creamware crockery and Constance Spry floristry ware, traditional blue and white china and cabbage ware pottery, colourful Scandinavian glass vases, and collections that make wonderful ‘tablescapes’: geometric shapes, fossils, antique corals, mineral obelisks, eccentricities such as antique dog collars, Staffordshire figures, brass candlesticks, sets of decorative antique books, plaster busts and wall plaques, small treen and folk art, scholastic sets of carefully-constructed mushrooms and plants, natural history items and taxidermy, and traditional porcelain figures and animals.
The Cocktail Hour – Foyer Display
Inspired by fashionable 1950s and ‘60s night spots, with a touch of deco glamour, the Winter Fair will present as its foyer display, ‘The Cocktail Hour’, showing visitors how to create a contemporary space for parties or a modern club room vibe. ‘The Cocktail Hour’ will incorporate diverse seating, side tables, lighting and decoration of all periods for a fresh look, beautifully accessorised with 20th century cocktail sets and antique drinking paraphernalia. Bar carts and trolleys are still enormously popular, and stylish examples will feature, alongside cocktail cabinets, serving trays, champagne buckets and glassware. All items in the Fair display come from exhibitors and will be for sale.
More than 150 dealers from the UK and Europe will take part in the Fair, bringing a beautiful variety of antique and 20th Century design drawn from sources around the world. Find unusual interiors dating from the early 1700s to 1970, by designers and decorators from the British Isles, Europe, Scandinavia, the Americas, Africa and Asia. The breadth of choice is unbeatable, encompassing furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics and porcelain, glass, natural history items, architectural elements, and garden artefacts and seating. Works of art from all periods to the contemporary; paintings, prints and sculpture are an important element in the mix.
How to Find Us – and – Two Fairs in One!
Getting to the Fair is easy: courtesy shuttles run regularly between the Sloane Square Hotel, Sloane Square, London SW1 and the Fair during opening hours. Enjoy delicious home-cooked food and baking at The Kitchen upstairs on the Mezzanine. Visitors to the Winter Fair enjoy a double-event experience as LARTA, The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair, takes place on the Mezzanine throughout the week. Tickets to the Decorative include free entry to LARTA.
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair takes place three times a year in Battersea Park: January (Winter), April (Spring) and late September/early October (Autumn).