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Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

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In 1985, a London-based decorative antiques dealer, Patricia Harvey, along with her husband Ralph, conceived and launched a new kind of Fair, created for the interior design trade. It brought together like-minded dealers from around the country who understood that interior decorators were desperately looking for unfussy antiques and elegant period design that fell outside the remit of traditional antiques fairs. The ethos and intentions of the Decorative Fair have remained steadfast: to offer buyers good value, unusual pieces, and heaps of inspiration.

The format brought together a wide range of decorative antiques and twentieth century design.  Mixed with formal antiques, collectors’ items, art and accessories from the 20th century to the quirky, the formula proved an instant hit.  Exhibitors were encouraged to display their stock in a room-set fashion.  Using their highly creative skills, the dealers’ stands provide ideas and inspiration for how to display items at home.  Many of our exhibitors also work as designers to their clients, sourcing stock and advising on display.

The Decorative Fair has moved locations: from the Café Royale to Chelsea Harbour (1991) to Battersea Park (1997); and was first to host a major central London event in a marquee; it grew from once a year to three times a year; and has changed hands, being bought by exhibitors David and Jane Juran in December 2008. He has retained its unique spirit and vibrancy, and the friendly relaxed atmosphere appreciated by both exhibitors and visitors alike.

What people say about The Decorative Fair

The fair is amazing I was thrilled to be there…  Rose Tarlow

I always try to go… it remains one of my favourite interior design-orientated outings. Jenny Gibbs, Founder & Principal, KLC School of Design

It is a real pleasure to be involved… I do believe it is the best show running. Shapero Rare Books

More than half our sales are made to young people aged between 25 and 40… [which] gives the lie to the traditionally held view that young people do not buy antiques. Certainly at the Decorative Fair they buy from us. Brian Watson Antique Glass

I was interested by the mix of new and old and the chance to see quirky items that provide a “twist” to completing a contemporary decoration project. Michael Nicholas Design

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


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VISITING THE DECORATIVE FAIR:

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Venue:

Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Vehicle access via Chelsea Bridge Gate only

Public transport:

Train: from Victoria or Clapham Junction to Battersea Park station, its then approximately a 15 minute walk.
Bus: 44, 137 or 344 all stop at Chelsea Bridge (South Side) then follow Carriage Drive North to the venue.
Tube: Sloane Square station, then take the courtesy shuttle vehicles.
Free shuttle: Vehicles from outside the Sloane Square Hotel, Sloane Square, run approximately every 15 minutes. Turn right out of the station to locate the hotel.
By car: Via Chelsea Bridge Gate (for satnav use SW8 4NW for Chelsea Bridge Gate, then follow signs).
From Chelsea & Knightsbridge, look out for yellow AA signs to the Fair. There is limited free parking adjacent to the event. Overflow parking is at Pay & Display car parks close by, where you must pay to park when visiting the Fair. Battersea Park is not in the Congestion Zone.

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