THE DECORATIVE ANTIQUES & TEXTILES FAIR
|Welcome To The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair:
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (known as The Decorative Fair) is a family-owned event that launched in 1985 to specifically unite the antiques and interior design trades. There are three events each year: a Winter Fair in late January, a Spring Fair in mid-May and an Autumn Fair during the busy ‘design season’ in late September/early October.
Also affectionately known in the trade as ‘Battersea’, this is the Titan event of the international decorative trade taking place 3 times a year and forming the cornerstone of the business of many of its 180 exhibitors from UK and Europe.
The Fair was originally devised by dealer Patricia Harvey when the design trade was looking for more unusual antiques rarely available at the major London antiques fairs. Her aim was to give decorators and designers everything they wanted under one roof, and brought together a wide range of decorative antiques and twentieth century design mixed with formal antiques, collectors’ items, art and accessories: the formula proved an instant hit. Many exhibitors present room-sets, providing inspiration on how to display items imaginatively.
In 1997 the fair moved to a marquee venue in Battersea Park, now Evolution London. Ten years later exhibitors David and Jane Juran took the helm, retaining the Fair’s uniquely friendly spirit and vibrancy.
Leading member of the decorative trade Spencer Swaffer provided this endearing endorsement of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair (written for the occasion of the Fair’s 30th birthday in 2015):
"Antiques dealers are basically loners who plough their own furrows. What makes Battersea unique is the way it unites a whole band of competitive hunters into a united, amiable bunch of friends for a few days three times a year. It is that cheerfulness which shines out of Battersea and makes it such a joy to visit. Anywhere that allows dogs clearly has its heart in the right place. Being first in the queue of buyers, first out of the traps and into the stands, has always been a closely fought battle. It [the opening day queue] used to be the domain of two of the greatest dealers of the late 20th century, the late Guinevere Weaver, who'd leave her Kings Road store early doors to be first in line, and the late Toby Landey, flying in from New York to buy for her Sentimento store. They knew they'd find great things. We all knew we'd learn something: a new theme, a new look, a subtle nuance, a way of putting things together, a different finish for a standard bit of furniture, a twist of old fabric to jazz up a chair. Battersea taught us the values of rust, the brutalist shock of industrial, that bleach isn't just something to throw down the toilet but a way to transform a dull commode. Battersea rules and under the amiable ownership of the excellent David Juran it has reached new heights encouraging new dealers and attracting the old guard from more stuffy shows." Spencer Swaffer.
The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair also offers a digital iteration of their much-loved Fair ‘Digital Decorative’ where you are able to step into the dealer’s showroom with their innovative, interactive 3-D tours, or you can browse visuals of items for sale in the Gallery Windows.
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A selection of items from dealers that exhibit at the The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
Posted: 10 March 2021
In response to the current demand for all things beautiful and uplifting for interiors, we are delighted to bring you a digital iteration of our much-loved Fair. Our clever exhibitors have left no stone unturned in their search for fabulous and inspiring objects with which to decorate, refresh or embellish your surroundings. The emphasis is on unusual antiques and 20th century design, exciting works of art and cherished collector’s items.
Exclusive shopping services are available for you to take advantage of…
1. Professional shopping agents for trade buyers
For antiques dealers, interior decorators and trade buyers, wherever you are in the world, the Fair has lined up independent, specialist professional trade agents who can help fulfil extensive buying requirements. Business will be conducted directly between you and the agent, and exhibitors at the Fair. The agents can work with your usual UK shippers or with the Fair’s in-house shipping and export team, Simon Hall Ltd. Read more...
ANF TOP PICK DEALERS AT THIS FAIR
Fontaine Decorative - Large Oil on Canvas of Olive Grove in Silver Gilt Frame. Dated 1973.
Signed I Florencio Aguilera and dated '73.
Martin D Johnson Antiques - English 19th century faux bamboo cabinet circa 1860 later paint.
Macintosh Antiques - A Charles X mahogany sofa circa 1830 with the original Empire green
embroidered upholstered back and seat decorated with Classical motifs.
|Event:||The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair|
|Organiser:||Harvey Management Service Ltd|
|Venue:||Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
ANF Top Picks: Please contact dealers direct to check availability
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