Largest-ever Dec­o­ra­tive Fair in Bat­tersea this Au­tumn

Malta Independent - - LIFESTYLE ON SATURDAY -

With 159 deal­ers tak­ing part, this Au­tumn sees the largest-ever Dec­o­ra­tive An­tiques & Tex­tiles Fair, 27 Septem­ber to 2 Oc­to­ber 2016, to be held in Bat­tersea Park, Lon­don. For the first time there will be a dozen stands on the re­cently-in­tro­duced Mez­za­nine level, ac­cessed from the foyer and ad­ja­cent to the hugely pop­u­lar Me­gan’s Kitchen and Cham­pagne Bar.

The or­gan­is­ers are giv­ing a warm wel­come to 11 new ex­hibitors, in­clud­ing: Ru­pert Cavendish An­tiques (Lon­don) with an ex­cit­ing col­lec­tion of Bie­der­meier and Art Deco fur­ni­ture and car­pets; Ju­lian Si­mon Fine Art (St. James’s, Lon­don) with English and Con­ti­nen­tal paint­ings from the 18th to mid-20th cen­turies par­tic­u­larly large scale works and flower paint­ings; Fine & Vin­tage (Por­to­bello, Lon­don) spe­cial­ists in vin­tage leather, lug­gage and trunks; Just Ja­panese (Chichester, UK) with a fine se­lec­tion of an­tique & con­tem­po­rary Ja­panese pieces, in­clud­ing bronzes, pot­tery, wood­block prints, sil­ver, ivory ki­monos, sat­suma, paint­ings and silks; Joost van den Bergh Ltd (Lon­don) spe­cial­ist in In­dian and South East Asian art par­tic­u­larly sculp­ture and works of art; BAFRA Bri­tish An­tique Fur­ni­ture Re­stor­ers As­so­ci­a­tion; Verde Gabán CB (Madrid) with Euro­pean an­tiques; Richard Cave (Lon­don) for­merly of Mal­letts, with fine fur­ni­ture and works of art; Alexia Amato An­tiques (Lon­don) spe­cial­is­ing in fine glass and ob­jets vertu; Toad (Lon­don) with a col­lec­tion of un­mis­tak­able an­tiques and dra­matic dec­o­ra­tive arts, and a col­lec­tive from Al­fie’s An­tiques Mar­ket of Church Street, Maryle­bone, Lon­don.

Scandi Days and Nordic Nights is the foyer dis­play theme, show­cas­ing clas­sic 18th and 19th cen­tury styles with chic 20th cen­tury de­sign, from Swe­den, Den­mark, Nor­way and Fin­land. All items are drawn from ex­hibitors at the Fair and are for sale. Two room­sets cap­ture the moods of dreamy, light-in­fused Mid­sum­mer days, and in­digo Win­ter nights glow­ing with the vivid colours of the aurora bo­re­alis.

The Dec­o­ra­tive Fair, held three times a year, is renowned for its un­par­al­leled va­ri­ety of painted and dec­o­rated an­tiques. The Au­tumn foyer will show how clas­si­cal Gus­ta­vian and tra­di­tional Norse folk fur­ni­ture can blend el­e­gantly with the sleek lines of mid-cen­tury Scan­di­na­vian de­sign to cre­ate a thor­oughly mod­ern look.

Ex­hibitors from across the UK as well as France, Spain and The Nether­lands par­tic­i­pate at the Dec­o­ra­tive Fair. Fur­ni­ture, de­sign and art for sale orig­i­nates mainly from Great Bri­tain and Con­ti­nen­tal Europe, es­pe­cially France, Italy and Scan­di­navia. Fur­ni­ture by Brazil­ian and Amer­i­can post-war de­sign­ers is gain-

ing in recog­ni­tion and pop­u­lar­ity with dec­o­ra­tors, while art, an­tiques and works of art can be found from Rus­sia, the Mid­dle East and Asia, and tribal pieces from far-flung cor­ners of the globe. The great­est charm of The Dec­o­ra­tive Fair is the prospect of dis­cov­er­ing the un­ex­pected and the un­usual, along­side the chic and clas­sic.

An un­miss­able date for lead­ing dec­o­ra­tors and trade buy­ers who source stand-out pieces for their most im­por­tant projects, The Dec­o­ra­tive An­tiques & Tex­tiles Fair sets the stan­dard in stylish in­te­ri­ors.

Easy to reach from Chelsea, Sloane Square and Knights­bridge, a cour­tesy shut­tle ser­vice runs to the Fair from out­side the Sloane Square Ho­tel; de­li­cious food is served all day at Me­gan’s Kitchen & Cham­pagne Bar, up on the mez­za­nine with de­light­ful views across Bat­tersea Park; on-site pack­ing and ship­ping fa­cil­i­ties make life easy for in­ter­na­tional and UK buy­ers, and well-be­haved dogs (on leads) are wel­comed, con­tribut­ing to the lively and re­laxed at­mos­phere loved by ex­hibitors and vis­i­tors alike.

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