The Chelsea Antiques Fair takes place from 20th – 24th March and returns to its venerable King’s Road venue, Chelsea Old Town Hall, after a year’s absence when the hall been restored and redecorated.
‘This has been the first time since 1950 that the fair has taken a break,’ explains organiser Caroline Penman, who took over the fair in the early 1980’s. ‘Many regular collectors have been in touch and are looking forward to our return in the newly refurbished, gilded and polished Town Hall.’
The Fair will be expanding its appeal to the new generation of millennials who have been recently acclaimed as the next generation of collectors. ‘Today’s young people no longer want homogeneous bland furniture assembled from flatpacks, they are seeking their own individual style, combing traditional and modern design,’ explains exhibitor Mike Melody from Melody Antiques of Chester, showing for the first time at the fair and taking a large area to display 18th and 19th century town and country furniture and decorative accessories. Mike will be joined by other furniture specialists including Wayne Long Antiques and A & J. Antiques.
The Fair will feature and variety of art and antiques from 35 exhibitors. All exhibits will be scrutinised and vetted for quality and authenticity ensuring collectors can buy with confidence.
The fair promises something for every collector. Specialising in Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Deco and Twentieth century design will be Morgan Strictland Decorative Arts, with pieces by such designers and makers including Archibald Knox, Liberty’s, Keith Murray, Loetz, Wiener Werkstatte, Venini and Preiss.
Richard Hoppé will exhibit European glass, snuff bottles and decorative tiles; M. & D. Moir will be showing European and British designer glass and Jeanette Hayhurst will be showing early English drinking glasses to Whitefriars vases. Eastdale Antiques and Paul Bennett Antiques specialize in fine English silver; Jupiter Antiques and Carolyn Stoddart Scott show English porcelain from the major 18th and 19th centuries factories; and English pottery specialist Roger de Ville is back with English pottery including early Coalport, Staffordshire,
Delft, Blue & White, Mason’s Ironstone and Prattware.
Also exhibiting will be Barclay Samson with vintage posters; art galleries John Shepherd & Stephen Welbourne Fine Art, predominantly showing English watercolours, drawings and engravings; newcomer Thomas Spencer Fine Art with 19th and 20th century paintings; and Persian carpet specialist Rug Addiction. Chelsea Fair offers a range of jewellery specialists including Plaza, Shapiro & Co, T.Robert and Markov, all long established dealers.
The fair opens at 2.00pm on Wednesday 20th March, staying open to 9.00pm on the first day. Thursday-Saturday, 11.00am-6.00pm, 11.00am-5.00pm on Sunday.