THE DECORATIVE ANTIQUES & TEXTILES FAIR
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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 solid week of sales and increasing footfall of new, young buyers brings optimistic atmosphere to the Winter Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair
The Winter edition of The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, now in its 37th year, was held in Battersea Park from 25-30 January 2022. It delivered a solid week of sales for exhibitors across all sections of the Fair. Renowned for attracting the trade, interior decorators as well as London and international dealers in fine art and antiques were out in force as usual on opening day.
Many exhibitors commented on the buzzy and optimistic atmosphere, and that visitors were keen to make purchases. Whilst a number of US trade were in evidence, with international travel still somewhat uncertain the Fair again offered its Trade Shopping Service for overseas buyers, which brought export sales to many dealers.
An early, 1963 Arne Jacobsen leather egg chair priced in the region of £18,500 with Foster & Gane
Fair Organiser Jane Juran said: “It is exciting to see so many new and young buyers coming to the Fair. They are the future life blood for events such as ours, so it is particularly gratifying to have had such positive reports to that effect from exhibitors.” Darren Hudson, Co-Organiser, added: “The Fair was filled to the brim with special pieces which, given the on-going challenges faced by the trade in acquiring new stock, especially from Europe, just proves the efforts our dealers go to in making this such an appealing event.”
Upholstery, seating and larger accessories such as side tables, lighting and mirrors, of all periods antique and C20th, sold extremely well. Macintosh Antiques had a very busy week, and whilst enjoying successful sales of his (typically) country house antique furniture, such as a lovely and highly unusual George I walnut chest of drawers, c. 1720, ticketed at £6,800, they also sold a rare modernist 1934 Crate chair by Gerrit Rietveld, acquired by a decorator for their private collection. An example is in the V&A, and it was priced around £5,000.
‘Swirling Doves’ by contemporary English artist Vera Jefferson, sold by Jeroen Markies, TP £3,250
Dealers with a mix of antique and C20th stock reporting a good week included Sans Pretention, whose sales spanned a 1970s travertine and tiger’s eye veneered bookcase c1970 made in Rome, TP £12,500, bought by a decorator, to a good quality antique bronze head of Dionysus TP £8500 made in the Naples foundry, which went to a private buyer. Streett Marburg & Charlotte Casedejus reported “a lovely vibe and excited visitors”. Streett said it had been their best fair ever, “people were hungry to buy”, and said they had made new clients, and seen lots of new young visitors. Sales included a Regency lacquered, bamboo and rattan chinoiserie centre table TP £7,500 to a private buyer, in the manner of John & Frederick Crace who designed most of the furniture at the Royal Pavilion Brighton; a C19th Spanish painted and gilded bench TP £2,500; a large collection of abstract contemporary artworks by Lucy Noughton, which sold out early in the week, priced £350-600, and a C19th mahogany solicitor’s deeds cabinet TP £4,800.
Giles Hutchinson Smith of Chalet White reported good sales all week and met many new clients. “Many familiar Masterpiece visitors come here. Everybody loves it.” Sales included a gilt chinoiserie c. 1750 French or Flanders leather screen TP £10,000 to a new client for a contemporary room; many smaller antique side and cricket tables; a lovely pair of Rohe 1950s cane chairs TP £2,000. Giles, formerly a director of Mallett Antiques, said: “This fair gives us access to a clientele very similar to that of Masterpiece. It is an incredibly relaxed atmosphere in which they buy classic furniture for their country house, or fun things for their town house; there are plenty of architect designed or influenced pieces here, and not at anxietymaking prices. These high end clients buy here to enjoy living with the pieces; it’s not about investment art, it is about lifestyle.”
A beautifully patinated George I walnut chest of drawers, c. 1720, ticketed at £6,800 with Macintosh Antiques
Ed Butcher, a C20th specialist based in Lots Road, reported a great week with consistent sales across the board. Sales included a 1940s French bar cabinet ticketed at £11,500, and a 1950s Gio Ponti-style sofa priced around £3,000. He also sold a large number of accessories such as ceiling lights, mirrors, wall lights, sideboards, and a pair of rope chairs, to interior designers with ‘wish lists’, and private buyers too, a mix of existing and new clients.
Other C20th dealers reporting a very good week included L&V Art & Design, James Strang, Catherine Despas, Dorian Caffot de Fawes, who said “It has been fantastic”, Il Paralume, art deco specialist Jeroen Markies whose sales included five vibrant contemporary deco style paintings by English artist Vera Jefferson, Quindry, and art and design dealer Caroline de Kerangal who sold 14 modern French paintings as well as furniture and accessories by well-regarded names such as Mathieu Mategot. Mary Hossack, of Hossack & Gray, whose sales included a Philip Arctander chair in region of £14,000 to an interior designer, commented on how exciting it was to see and meet so many young designers buying at the Fair, bringing a new dynamic to the event. L&V Art and Design reported that “We had a queue of people on our stand on opening day waiting to pay for objects. We’ve also picked up 50 Instagram followers this week! We love the atmosphere, and meet wonderful trade and private buyers. It’s a very well run fair.”
Fine art sold well, in particular colourful modern and contemporary works. WSJ Gallery made sales every day to new and existing clients: pochoir prints by David Nash (at £2,000-£3,000) a sculptor whose primary medium is carved wood, works on paper by John McLean, canvases by Peter Seal and other works priced to around £10,000. Rosanna Wilson Stephens said: “We like this environment, the mix of dealers, and the level of clientele is very good. The clients we meet here also then visit us at our galleries in Bruton and Notting Hill. At other fairs we weren’t always getting the right sort of people for us.”
1950s Italian sofa inspired by Gio Ponti and sold by Ed Butcher
Neo-classical and Grand Tour specialist Craig Carrington, standing at the Fair for a second time, was very happy. “You definitely pull the people in here. Lots of fresh faces. But there are plenty of visitors here who I see at Masterpiece or Berkeley Square, as well as leading international art dealers of the highest calibre. The Fair is very friendly, has a relaxed atmosphere with an interesting, eclectic range of stock: unusual decorative to exceptional quality across every discipline. I love the feeling this generates.” Among his sales was a pair of Grand Tour paintings priced around £10,000 and an early C19th plaster bust of the Apollo Belvedere in “lovely untouched condition and great quality” in the region of £6,000 to a new private client.
St. James’s dealer in Indian and South East Asian art, Joost van den Bergh, a long term Asian Art in London and TEFAF exhibitor with Ben Janssens Oriental Art, was also very happy and met many new buyers including decorators with their clients. Sales included a 1950s Japanese two-fold pastel and gouache paper screen ‘Snow in the mountains of Asacho’ (near Hiroshima) by Kunihiko Sasaki (1909-1972) ticketed in region of £9,000 to a private collector, Japanese ikebana baskets, and several Imaginary Cities paintings priced around £3,000-£4,000.
Strong sales of traditional antiques and decorative Continental pieces were made by dealers including Leuchars, Vagabond, Christopher-Hall Antiques, Richard Steenberg, Chalet White, The Home Bothy, Arabesque Antiques, Drennan & Sturrock, French Country Living, Foster & Gane and Nick Jones.
Vagabond’s neoclassical Carrara marble c1820 urn on stand Italian TP £14,500 went to a private collector
Peter Whipps of Arabesque Antiques, returning to do the Fair after some years, genuinely enjoyed the experience and was very happy. Sales included an Irish George III period original painted pine gothic bookcase with a five figure ticket price, and also a matched pair of Robert Adam-designed cast iron urn stoves c.1780 cast by the Carron Foundry of Scotland, TP £7,800, which went to a US trade buyer. “I’ve met lots of new clients. This is such a friendly fair, with a unique, relaxed atmosphere.”
Vagabond had another successful show, with sales of traditional antique furniture, paintings, and garden objects, such as a neoclassical Carrara marble urn on stand c1820 Italian TP £14,500 to a private collector, and a very decorative mid-C20th Italian rosso levante marble shell, originally a fountain but being repurposed for use as an impressive bathroom basin, TP £6,800.
Dealers in collectors’ items reporting a good week include Hickmet and Morgan & Strickland (nouveau and deco objets d’art), Joshua Lumley and Aaron Nejad Gallery (rugs), Mark J. West (glass), David Levi (folk art/country pieces), Su Mason (textiles), and Garden Artefacts (gardenalia) reporting his best ever Fair.
Among famous faces spotted at the Fair were Martin & Shirley Kemp, Eddie Redmayne, David Beckham, Jack Dee, Lady Bamford, and from the interior design world and antiques trade, Melissa Wyndham, Penny Morrison, and Ray Azoulay of US dealership Obsolete.
FUTURE DATES: The Spring event will take place from Wednesday 4 to Sunday 8 May 2022 (please note five, not six days), and the Autumn event from Tuesday 4 to Sunday 9 October 2022 visit ANF Calendar
Post Fair Report - The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair Brings The Magic Back
The magic of Battersea cast its spell as the trade and private buyers swarmed back with evident joy to shop at the Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, held from 28 September to 3 October 2021. It was the first event the Organisers had been able to stage since January 2020, and the first large antiques and design event to be held in London post-pandemic.
Visitors were eager to buy, and the opening day was “sensational”, “amazing” and “frenzied” according to dealers. The Fair was as busy as ever and the volume of sales spectacular, right across the board. From painted country antiques to sparkling glass and silverware, early collectors’ items, folk art and traditional English furniture, twentieth century designer pieces, lighting, mirrors, textiles and works of art, the movement of stock during the first few hours was unparalleled: reports filtered through of some dealers selling out their entire stand.
David Levi, an exhibitor since the 1990s, said “It was a sensational first day… the Fair is better and stronger than ever. It was fantastic, the attendance was great. Battersea is back with a bang!”. Giles Hutchinson-Smith of Chalet White , taking part in their fourth Decorative Fair, commented that “the renewed energy the Fair has brought is so positive for the trade.”
Jane Juran, Organiser, said “despite everything that might have worked against us – COVID concerns, Brexit issues, fuel shortages, gridlocked London streets, roadworks, storms and, finally, the London Marathon, we welcomed many thousands of visitors to the Fair, and we are thrilled it has proved one of the most successful yet for many dealers, in the volume of business achieved. We must praise our exhibitors for putting on a truly spectacular show.”
Prominent sales of antique furniture and larger objects made during the week included a life-sized bronze figure of Mercury (priced in the region of £40,000), the star piece on the stand of Vagabond, as well as a group of Regency stone garden statues (TP £36,000): both went to private clients; French Country Living London sold a pair of bowed glazed doors from a French chateau (TP £10,500) to a new buyer; Richard Nadin sold the largest oval table he has ever seen (TP £9,500); Peter Bunting was very happy with sales among which were an Elizabethan painting and a C16th Spanish polychrome seated Madonna (TP £4,500); a large C19th mirror priced in excess of £20,000 went in the opening hour of the Fair from Drennan & Sturrock; a pair of marble Georgian mantelpieces were sold with an asking price of £42,000 by new exhibitor Christopher Hodsoll, who also sold a pair of Piranesi prints of Trajan’s column (TP £16,500) to a US customer. All the above dealers reported very good and exceptional Fairs.
Reporting their best ever Battersea Fairs were Maison Artefact, John Bird, Nadin & Macintosh, Foster & Gane, Nick Jones and Drennan & Sturrock. Martin D. Johnson Antiques referred to it as a “stonking Fair!” and sold a vast array of furniture and garden items across their range of prices to around £11,500, including a large C19th French pharmacy cabinet (TP £5,950).
Richard Steenberg, M. Charpentier, Home Bothy, Nic McElhatton, William Cook Antiques, Fontaine Decorative Antiques, David Bedale and new exhibitors Brown Elliott, offering traditional and decorative antiques, all reported very good sales. Early and vernacular pieces sold well too: Joanna Booth reported sales included a group of medieval French carved chestnut heads circa 1400 (TP £5,800) to a regular collector, a circa 1700 Mortlake tapestry depicting milkmaids (TP £7,000) to a private buyer, and a circa 1520 Italian illuminated manuscript fragment (TP £2,800) to a new US customer. Kate Thurlow said the Fair had been “brilliant”.
Joanna Booth - Mortlake Tapestry, English, c1700, representing the month of March, woven in wool and silk.
Dealers in twentieth century stock were very happy: Gwen Pilard of Quindry commented on how well the Fair had gone, and that it was “business as usual”; Il Paralume said “I have found this Fair surely the best one I have attended”; Catherine Despas (who had made it over from France) and Dorian Caffot de Fawes both had their best ever Fairs; bentply and Justin Evershed-Martin reported a great week of sales; Philip Varma was very happy with sales across the board, especially mirrors and lighting, and met an important new US trade buyer from Los Angeles who purchased multiple items. New participant ODE Interiors also reported that lighting had sold strongly such as a pair of Italian Romeo Rega 1970s table lamps (TP £3,500) and Maison Bagues lights. Caroline de Kerangal reported her best ever first day; sales included a very good floor lamp by Pietro Chiesa to a well-established interior designer in the region of £5,000-£10,000. Commented on new good US decorators in attendance.
Exhibitors whose stock mixes all periods, antique to modern, made very strong sales. Nick Jones had his best Fair ever. “I’m lost for words, it has been so successful, and I’ve been thrilled to see all the regulars I always see at Battersea. We have had international decorators and trade buying in force.” He made sales across the board, of cabinet furniture, mirrors, and lights at prices from £3,000 to around £7,000. “It has been well attended by serious people looking to spend money. Every major decorator was here on opening day, as well as Americans.”
Sales by Thurstan included an important 1950s desk by Pierre Jeanneret (ticketed at £13,500) to a private UK client. Violet Grey with garden-related stock had “a brilliant first day, and in fact our best-ever Fair” with sales including a large glazed 1920s French painted store display cabinet (TP £8,000), and a group of large decorative 1960s ceramic pineapples (TP £5,000). Foster & Gane had their best ever Fair and made plenty of sales to US trade buyers (including to “the hot new gallery in LA” Seventh House), mainly of C20th furniture, including a Kaare Klint leather sofa (TP £18,500) to an existing customer (a decorator with their client), but also a large Aubusson carpet.
Foster & Gane - A large model 41181 three seat leather sofa by Kaare Klint (1888 - 1954). Designed in 1937 and
this model manufactured by Rud Rasmussen in the 1950s. Denmark, c. 1950s
Gallery BR said: “We’ve done very well and are happy to be back!” Sales were of both antique and C20th designer furniture, and a selection of contemporary art, to new and existing clients. A stand-out sale was a pair of Fleming Lassen armchairs circa 1930-40 (TP £12,500). Hudson Antiques reported stronger than usual sales on the opening days which continued throughout the week, selling every day a mix of mid- to high-priced items: a Howard sofa (TP £14,000) to a new private client, a large breakfront oak bookcase French late C19th (TP £11,500), a pair of mid-century chandeliers at around £5,000. On the Sunday they had two clients fighting over a French art deco three piece suite, which went to private buyers (TP £4,600).
Streett Marburg & Charlotte Casedejus were happy to report “it has been an above average Fair, and we expect lots of follow through. It was great and we are very happy. It was lovely to be with people again, and seeing clients wanting to buy beautiful things.” Sales included a fabulous pair of rattan sofas (TP £6,000) that went on opening day, a late c17th French walnut trestle table (TP £5,000), and a set of painted C18th Dutch chairs (TP £4,250).
Chalet White said it was very good, “we’re incredibly pleased, and have healthy potential after sales on-going with decorators. All our buyers were new customers.” They thought the new ticketing system was very beneficial as it gives greater currency to attending the Fair. Sales included a pair of Maison Jansen Louis XV style wing chairs (TP £8,500 to a decorator with their client), a set of three glamorous circa 1810 parcel gilt and bronzed Empire pelmet poles (TP £9,000 to a private collector). “We had a good mix of private and professional buyers, and it was close to a best Fair. We soared well past the sales target we set.” They also sold lots of smaller items particularly folk art pieces such as rare complete set of eight musical whistles in the form of toy soldiers, English circa 1920s (TP under £1,000).
Chalet White - A pair of Maison Jansen Louis XV style wing chairs, the grey painted frames with shaped lower rails and cabriole legs supporting a deep cushioned seat flanked by shaped arms and backs, upholstered in burnt orange velvet with French nailed finish. Paris c.1950. TP £8,500
Textiles dealers reported a good Fair, with many making brisk sales to decorators, including Su Mason, Aaron Nejad Gallery, Bleu Anglais and new exhibitors Owen Parry and Tribal Art & Textiles. Joshua Lumley made impressive rug sales including two large Ushak carpets in vivid colours priced from £10,000-£20,000.
Dealers offering specialist and collectors’ items reporting a very good week were Linda Jackson Decorative Antiques & Silver (“my best ever Fair”); Mark Stacey Antiques (collectables/art) who added “It has been brilliant, the new ticketing policy is a good idea, it clearly encouraged visitors who definitely want to buy.” Anthea A.G. Antiques (jewellery) enjoyed the Fair and made good sales, including on opening day a diamond necklace priced around £20,000 to a new international customer, while On-Reflection Mirrors Ltd said “We had an exceptional first day, and sales remained good thereafter; we’d sold over half our stock by Friday.”
Craig Carrington, standing at the Fair for the first time, offering Grand Tour objects, was pleased with sales to new customers, including a neo-classical enamelled stoneware urn by Muller of Paris, a company renowned for many of the decorations on the buildings of Paris. Signed by Emile Muller, and dated circa 1870-80, the urn went on opening day to a new private buyer for their country house ticketed at £8,000. Craig sold a further half dozen or so items on the first day.
Art also sold well around the Fair. Julian Simon Fine Art had a good week, “all our sales were made to new clients, all of them private buyers. We had a brilliant first day and sales remained consistent.” Sold mainly modern British works, including a large still life flower painting (TP £8,000). “The Fair was beautifully organised and we were pleased with the visitor numbers.” David Brooker had “a great week – 10 out of 10! I’ve sold period and modern art, bronzes, a tapestry, across my price range from a few hundred pounds to over £3,000.” Other art dealers reporting good or strong sales were Joost van den Bergh with Asian art and objects, Osborne Gallery with traditional paintings and antique frames, Ottocento with modern and contemporary art, Panter & Hall Decorative, new exhibitor Thomas Spencer Fine Art who was upstairs on the mezzanine, Wilson Stephens & Jones (WSJ Gallery) and Jenna Burlingham Gallery. Saunders Fine Art, specialising primarily in Scandinavian modern works, described sales as “splendid!” He met trade and private buyers, sold several antique Windsor chairs and other furniture used to dress the stand, numerous Swedish works priced from £1,000-£2,000 as well as more valuable works to around £7,500. He also sold C20th Swedish ceramics and early C20th textile weavings.
The Trade Shopping Service instigated by the Organisers was a great success, with four leading overseas trade buyers making the most of virtual visiting; between them they purchased more than 80 items for export to a value of over £200,000.
Well-known faces seen at the fair included actors Michelle Dockery, Eddie Redmayne, Stockard Channing and Nichola McAuliffe, as well as Bob Geldof, Guy Ritchie, and David Beckham.
Nic McElhatton - An Irish red painted primitive armchair, 19th century.
Among trade buyers and decorators the Fair welcomed Chelsea Textiles, Steve Gambrel, Peter Mikic, Annie Waite, Olga Polizzi, Guy Goodfellow, Paolo Moschino, John Minshaw, Flora Soames, Rose Tarlow (USA), Edward Hurst, Max Rollitt, Harry Apter (Apter Fredericks), Gil Schafer of the US architectural and design practice G.P. Schafer Architect, Gallery Half (LA), Alidad, Rita Konig, Nina Campbell, Tammy Connor Interior Design (Charleston, South Carolina, USA), Emma Ainscough, Saffron & Scarlet and Seventh House gallery in LA.
Summing up the week, Organiser Darren Hudson commented on the quality of visitors to the Fair. “On the whole, exhibitors found that the new ticketing system brought a greater concentration of more serious buyers. We have put together a large and successful Fair in a world that has been turned upside down. Traditional patterns of behaviour have gone out the window, and the ‘new normal’ has not yet been established, so of course we did not expect a typical Fair with the numbers we had been attracting in recent years. The volume of sales around the Fair has been gratifying, our team did an amazing job, all the support staff on-site made a huge effort to make the Fair as welcoming and friendly as ever, and with thought to our visitors wellbeing.
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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...
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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.
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|Venue:||Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
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