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If variety is the spice of life then the acclaimed Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 11-12 March will be something of a grande bouffe in 2016 with a number of luscious exhibitors making a debut and many equally tantalising exhibitors returning to this famous event now in its 27th year. 

Arabesque Antiques

Arabesque Antiques - A truly fabulous and rare pair of large English Regency tole cache pots. The cartouches with painted classical scenes,lion ring handles and the pierced black painted body with scrolling gilt decoration,all beautifully patinated from age and use. No breaks,repairs or damage and with original lead weighted bases.

The exhibitors are definitely the main course at the event and for March 2016 will not disappoint with some really exceptional pieces – many of which have been saved for the event. Fifty exhibitors will converge on the dear old Pavilion – home to the fair since the first event in 1989,  and together put on a show of the most eclectic range of stock to be found at any event outside London with a heady mix of styles and colours.

Molly and Mauds Place Antiques

Molly and Maud's Place - A wonderful French steamer trunk by Innovation of Paris. Circa 1920. 115cm wide, 58cm deep and 60cm high.Priced at £495

Celebrating its fine reputation for providing a colourful marketplace for the most inspirational, decorative and desirable antiques, art for the traditional or modern home with Scandinavian and French painted furniture, Mid-Century Modern, Art Deco and 20th Century, Industrial Chic alongside early English and Continental folk art, country furniture, Arts & Crafts, textiles, original paintings, antiquarian prints and a good dash of Georgian and Victorian town furniture, Bath is a fair which defies every category and offers plenty to tempt and inspire across all genres and demographics.

Chris Holmes Antiques

Chris Holmes Antiques - A pair of limewood carved putti 1680 £2200

James Gould of Apollo Antiques, based in Ashburton, Devon, will bring an iconic eye-popping Pop Art sofa titled Marilyn which was designed in the shape of Marilyn Monroe’s lips by Karl-Heinz Hussmann of Germany and made in low numbers circa 1990. It was inspired by the art installation by Salvador Dali of 1937 depicting an image of Mae West. The sofa will be priced at £3,450.

Apollo Antiques

Apollo Antiques - Marylin Sofa

By contrast, new exhibitor Larkhall Fine Art will bring a selection of original etchings and engravings by John Constable, JMW Turner, Gainsborough, Samuel Palmer Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Eric Gill, Augustus John, and Edward Burra.  One of the star exhibits from this exhibitor is an extremely rare proof linocut titled Progress (Road in a Mining Town) by Ursula Fookes (1906-1991), 295x210mm.

Saunders Fine Art

Saunders Fine Art -

Viking Forsberg (1910-1994)
Woodcut (1/10)
Signed 'V Forsberg' and dated '6-65'
11 x 18 ins / 26 x 46 cms


Other new arrivals this year include Bath dealers Waterfall Antiques with country house furniture and mirrors; Saunders Fine Art from London with a mix of Scandinavian and British 20th century art; Decorative & Modern from the Cotswolds with furniture, notably mid-20th century; Branching Out Antiques from Kent with French decorative pieces; of Lisa Lloyd of Hand of Antiques from Chippenham with furniture and lighting (also well-known from TV’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’) , Chris Holmes Antiques of Harrogate with a truly eclectic stock covering from Roman and Greek artefacts to exquisite 16th and 17th Century Italian decorative furnishings alongside mid-20th Century icons and architectural salvage. Another architectural salvage dealer from Somerset, Simon Wharton of Wharton Decorative Antiques sources his wonderful stone fire surrounds from France and also deals in decorative accessories.

Decorative Modern

Decorative Modern Carl Aubruk style wooden fruitbowl, possibly German.

Wood with metal legs, cord wrapped handles and gilt feet. Price at £150

Returning exhibitors include Peter Whipps of Arabesque Antiques based at Lorfords Collective at Babdown near Tetbury, with Country House furniture on a grand scale and glorious garden objects with the emphasis on surface and scale, Roderic Haugh,also based at Lorfords, and Mal Cannell from Norfolk also dealing in Country House pieces and oriental and Persian carpets and rugs, including Kilims, prayer rugs and runners, Roger Burdett of Scandinavian by Design with Scandinavian furniture and lighting, Nikki Page Antiques of Kent with Continental decorative antiques and accessories, Rob Hall Antiques, dealing in Folk Art, counry furniture and portraits and who will reveal his collection of French 19th portraits saved for the Fair, London based David Ford of The Trading Room with antiques and decoration with a metropolitan flavour and No 1 Lewes with stylish decorative pieces for the home and garden.

Rob Hall Antiques

Rob Hall Antiques - A large English copper lantern by W Parkinson & co of London and Birmingham. This could easily be adapted for light fitting or used with a candle.

A collaboration working with Bath V&A Markets and six Bath based antiques and vintage shops is a first time iniative for Bath Decorative Antiques Fair to highlight the wonderful independent and fashionable lifestyle shopping in the famous Georgian City of Bath for two weeks in March 2016, and a fun competition working with the Royal Crescent Hotel, one of the world’s leading hotels, who will offer a decadent Afternoon Tea for the lucky winner.The collaboration of #BathFairsShops will begin with the BathVA Market on Sunday 6th March with a Brocante turning Green Park Station into a French market for the day followed by the acclaimed Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 10-12 March and finishing on 16 March with the final event hosted by the collaborating city shops.  Designed to entice the cool Yummy Mummy brigade around the city to get social and network to support local independent businesses both resident and event based.

Nikki Page Antiques

Niki Page Antiques - A painted Continental rocking  horse

Cover image Arabesque Antiques - Large C18th carved stone Campana urn, £1875.


To download a free ticket and check times and full exhibitor list see Bath Decorative Antiques Fair