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de Parm C20th Italian Design

De Parma: Sideboard by Paola Buffa, Italian 1940s

HM Queen Elizabeth turns 90 years old on 21 April, right in the middle of the celebrated Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair - 19-24 April 2016, and there will be a celebratory exhibition in the foyer to mark this very special birthday of England’s longest reigning monarch. The foyer display will be themed with pieces relating to the Royal Collection, palaces and homes and any other objects from exhibitors reflecting a royal connection. Ceremonial seating will be on show, chairs from the 1953 coronation, and the 1969 investiture of the Prince of Wales, classic furniture like the Carlton House desk, an early C19th design associated with the London residence of the Prince Regent, later King George IV.

Stephanie Connell:  A rare London Underground double-crown poster, announcing the Coronation of George VI, 1937. Lithographic printed, designed by Harold Stabler (1872-1945), printed by Baynard Press,

The Decorative Fair is held 3 times a year in the Park at Battersea and the exhibitor list has developed along international lines each time and Spring 2016 is no exception with Marita Segovia Gallery dealing in an exciting mix of European antiques and contemporary art and Antiq BR dealing in European antiques from 18th & 19th century  both from Madrid, Conte Antiquites from Paris joining Zugasti, also from Madrid and Gaby von Shagen from Holland. 

Pearse Lukies Georgian cockpen chairs

Pearse Lukies: A pair of Georgian Chinese Chippendale cockpen chairs

Exciting new exhibitors for Spring include Ancient & Oriental dealing in Ancient & medieval antiquities from prehistoric times to 1600 and ancient & medieval coins, Panter & Hall, with work by fresh young talent alongside the most celebrated names in twentieth century art, Hickment Fine Arts, antique European sculpture and art glass, Not Wanted on Voyage with decorative furniture, furnishings and paintings with emphasis on later C20th and Stephanie Connell (exhibiting with Luke Honey Ltd) specialists in original vintage posters, historic ephemera, film memorabilia and 20th century design, Esther Fitzgerald (sharing with Nadia Phillips Aboriginal Art), textiles of exceptional merit, from all cultures, covering a time span of 2000 years, including C20th designs by Luciene Day, Barbara Brown, et al, Adam Calvert Bentley, decorative antique furniture and sculpture, Anderson Wallrock Nautical, Eclectic mix of decorative nautical and interesting gentleman’s study furniture and objects for the modern home, Matthew Upham Antiques, specialist in chandeliers: furniture, decorative objects and garden statuary, At The Movies Ltd, original film posters, The Art Number, decorative antiques from the 18th to 20th century with a focus on the unusual, Alexander Brookes Antiques, eclectic mix of decorative antique furniture, lighting & collectables for the home and garden including sports memorabilia.

Streett Marburg & Charlotte Casedejus: Damascus serpentine fronted mother of pearl and bone inlaid walnut marriage chest dating from 1890.  


Notable returnees this time will be Gary de Parma with C20th Italian design, and Drew Pritchard, architectural antiques, recently installed at Lorfords Antiques, the exciting and fast expanding Hangars at Babdown near Tetbury, joining a wealth of regular exhibitors including Seventeen Twenty-One, also at Lorfords, Macintosh & Nadin Antiques of Sherborne, Fontaine Decorative of Margate and Martin Johnson Antiques of Seaford Sussex, soon to be seen collaborating in a vast new warehouse showroom near Lewes, Sussex, all of whom seem to reach new heights of excellence with their expertly curated and inspiring stands at each fair making it look so effortless - enticing visitors to recreate the look for their own home or design projects. 

McIntosh Antiques Country house sofaDarnley Fine Art


Macintosh Antiques: A large late 19th century mahogany Country House Chippendale sofa c 1900 well carved in the George 11 style on cabriole legs.


Darnley Fine Art:  Charles G. Johnson (1902 - 1983 ), Battersea Power Station

Around 150 exhibitors will deck the halls with 20th century classics and eclectic accessories, mixed with fine and decorative antiques, works of art from the ancient to the contemporary, including sculpture, paintings, prints and photography, period shop signs and advertising accessories, taxidermy, objets trouvés and fossils, Country House upholstery, painted and polished wood furniture, lighting, mirrors and antiques for the garden, an exciting mash up of formality and eccentricity where exhibitors know just how to tempt in a laid back and friendly environment. Decoration has never been such fun. At the recent Winter Fair (19- 24 January), decorators like Rose Uniacke, Olga Polizzi and Veere Grenney, and US trade buyers such as Billy Cotton, were in attendance. Well-known visitors included David Beckham and Sir Paul Smith. Glamour was back in demand as buyers sought out Art Deco and Hollywood-inspired furniture and accessories.

Drew Pritchard Antiques


Drew Pritchard, Lorfords Antiques: A exceptional globe gas lantern.Natural verdigris to the copper frame, opaline glass above acid etched flashed red glass with Walden Chemist to two sides and clear mouth blown glass to the other two sections.


Adam Calvert Bentley:  A C19th free standing library staircase.

Cover Image:

Brit Sundel, Gustavsberg ceramic wall plaque, c 1960

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

See History of the Decorative Fair for further reading