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Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

With the biggest ever Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair for the Autumn Edition – 27 September – 2 October, 2016, with 160 dealers, what to do when you have more would be exhibitors than space? Thankfully the new layout of the purpose built Evolution marquee has an extensive mezzanine show space at The Decorative Fair which has been transformed into a snazzy decorators’ runway of exhibitors all with the Battersea seal of approval.

3 Details Antiques

3 details Peter Woodward - Pair of Louis XV style low chairs

Exhibiting on the mezzanine for the first time at Battersea and this September celebrating 40 years of trading at the iconic former department store with the Egyptian styled facade in Church Street, Marylebone, is Alfies Antiques.  Many current and former Alfies exhibitors, there are 100s of them – exhibit at Battersea independently but this time there will be a pavilion shared by among others The Moderns, Tin Tin Collectables Luggage, Thirteen Interiors, Duncan Clarke African Textiles, Louise Verber, Steven Lazarus and Matt Mitchell,London.

The pavilion will profile the diversity and high design of the dealers at Alfies Antiques, bringing together some of the best from across the 75 current dealers at the Marylebone centre, from Midcentury Modern to African Textiles.

Alfies Antiques Market

Duncan Clarke at Alfies Antiques  - Sun bebe" version AD293

Adire is the name given to indigo dyed cloth produced by Yoruba women of south western Nigeria

There is more major news about the mezzanine at Battersea at the Winter Fair 24-29 January 2017, when LARTA, Europe’s only major specialist fair for fine antique rugs, tapestries and textiles move in as permanent neighbours of the Decorative Fair with around 17 exhibitors.

Lorfords Antiques

Lorfords  - A visually stunning 1950s French Mosaic centre table on cast concrete ground. The simple shape of this table is a great showcase for the lovely subdued blue/green/fawn and off white miniature tiles which adorn this table, creating something extraordinary!  £2,450

Regular visitors to the fair will still be able to make a beeline for their favourite showcases from long time exhibitors Fontaine Decorative, Margate and Lewes, Sussex, with their relaxed approach to decorative furnishing, Martin D Johnson Antiques, Lewes, Sussex, dealing C17th - C19th English antiques and a mix of decorative French furniture, industrial pieces and mid-century furniture, Macintosh Antiques, Sherborne, Dorset, dealing in C17th - C20th traditional Georgian oak and mahogany, West Country painted furniture, and the English Arts and Crafts movement of the early C20th, 3 Details, fine and decorative furniture and art, and Philip Varma C20th furnishings and decoration, both trading from The Blanchard Collective, Marlborough, Wiltshire and Lorfords at the Hangars near Tetbury. Lorfords will also return this autumn showing their own English, French and Swedish decorative antiques together with a selection from some of their 40-strong dealer collective dealing in C17th to CMid antiquse and decoration.

Philip Varma Antiques

Philip Varma - Mixed metal American "Wave" wall sculpture by Curtis Jeré c 1989. Signed lower right. 156cm wide, 51cm high, 20cm deep Priced at £2250.

The Autumn edition swell of new exhibitors across the fair include Rupert Cavendish Antiques, London, with a collection of Biedermeier and Art Deco furniture, Julian Simon Fine Art, London, specialising in large scale works and flower paintings, Fine & Vintage, Portobello, London, dealer in vintage trunks and travel items, Just Japanese, Chichester, antique and contemporary Japanese pieces, Joost van den Bergh Ltd, London, Japanese and Indian C20th art, Verde Gaban CB, Madrid, European antiques and C20th design, Richard Cave, London, English and Continental furniture and works of Art, Alexia Amato Antiques, London, fine antique glass and objects of virtu and TOAD, London, statement pieces and decorative period design.

Fontaine Decorative

Fontaine -  A rare set of 4 Thomas Shoolbred chairs with maker’s mark £3600

Returning after a break will be Bernard Shapero Rate Books, Stothert & Trice, Julian Hartnoll, Pruskin Gallery, Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts and Rhona Valentine.


Alfies Antiques Market

Matt Mitchell, London at Alfies Antiques - Brass tea or bar cart or trolley by Svenskt Tenn, Sweden, 1950s.

With no let up in the fixation in the design world on all things Scandinavian, the on trend foyer exhibition this time will be Scandi Days and Nordic Nights, showcasing classic C18th and C19th styles with chic C20th design and all pieces which are drawn from the exhibitors’ stand, will be for sale.

Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Alexia Amato trading at Grays Antiques - Bohemian 19th Century Blue Opaline Glass Casket, priced at £980

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Philip Varma - Painted Relief of Two Female Figures c 1960 - A stylised painted plaster relief of two naked female figures by Eric Satchwell. Signed and dated verso  Priced at £2200

For tickets, times and full exhibitor list see The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair