Luxury Shopping. The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. Spring 29 April – 4 May 2014. Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11.
Interior designers and private buyers will descend on the second Decorative Fair of the year, the Spring edition, which features a foyer selling display ‘Using Textiles as Art’ curated by exhibitor Molly Hogg.
140 dealers will be exhibiting from the UK and Europe, showing their latest exciting finds: from antique garden seating and decoration to upholstered furniture, modernist design to traditional fine art, vintage crystal and jewellery to wall lights and mirrors. Fine and decorative antique English and Continental furniture and accessories are the backbone of the Fair.
Amongst new participants at the Spring Fair are:
AB Antiquo (by appointment Northants) with ancient Chinese ceramic artefacts.
Covelli-Tennant (London) vintage textiles to create bespoke upholstery and cushions.
Hayloft Mid Century (Derbyshire) a fine selection of English & Danish post war design.
Haynes Fine Art (Broadway, Worcs) the UK’s largest regional art dealer, brings modern & contemporary works.
Luke Honey (London) presents a gent’s retreat; board games, curios & decorative pieces.
Morris & Ling (Bristol) with decorative antiques, design, vintage jewellery and objects.
No1 Lewes (E Sussex, a Young Gun) decorative antiques for the modern family home, practical pieces pre-1920 and a touch of rustic industrial.
Nikki Page Antiques (by appointment Kent) decorative and painted antiques including garden and architectural items.
Other new exhibitors include Ancient & Period (by appointment Bristol) with objets d’art, fine jewellery, ancient artefacts; Candau Antiques (Lillie Road London) with decorative French antiques; Fine & Decorative Antiques (based at Blanchard Collective Wilts) with a cross section of fine English furniture, sculpture and decorative pieces; Hall-Bakker Decorative Arts (Woodstock, Oxon) furniture objects & design from 1860-1960; Henry Saywell (Lillie Road London) who exhibits under his own name for the first time (formerly as 52 Meters) with 20th century design; La Maison London French antique painted and traditional furniture.
The Fair opens Tuesday 29th April from 12pm and then daily from 11am through Sunday 4th May. Full visitor information at www.decorativefair.com
Highlights from the Fair include:
Shagreen Table, after Jean-Michel Frank.
A mid-20th century coffee table, after the original by Jean-Michel Frank, entirely covered by stingray skin (shagreen) tinted in various shades of green. This process was made famous in the 18th century by Galuchat, the French cabinet maker, and revived by designers in the Art Deco period of the 1920s. An original table of this design by Jean-Michel Frank was sold by Christies’ in 2008 for $288,000.
It measures 46in long, 27.5in deep and 13.5in high (1.7cm x 70cm x 35cm).
Exhibitor: Christine Schell Antiques.
Garbo by Warhol.
Greta Garbo by Andy Warhol (1928-1987), a hand signed, colour offset lithograph.
in July 1962, Warhol discovered the process of silk screening. This technique uses a specially prepared section of silk as a stencil, allowing one silk-screen to create similar patterns multiple times. He immediately began making paintings of celebrities. Warhol would use this style for the rest of his life.
New Exhibitor: Haynes Fine Art.
Phrenological ceramic bust.
c.1855, L. N. Fowler, 337 Strand, London.
The iconic Phrenologist’s head. Phrenology was a Victorian pseudo-science which studied the relationship between a person’s character and the bumps on their skull. Lorenzo Niles Fowler (1811-1887) was the famous American phrenologist. Before Fowler set up his own premises at 107, Fleet Street, London in 1863, he used the address of his publisher, William Tweedie, at No. 337, Strand as a centre for his business. This genuine antique bust should not be confused with reproductions on the market. This is an early example which pre-dates 1863.
New Exhibitor: Luke Honey Ltd.
Georgian Chairs Rarity.
A rare set of six Georgian painted Gentleman`s Armchairs circa 1780. Why rare? They retain original paint, original cane seats, original horse hair crescent-shaped back rests and three original squab cushions. In remarkably good condition, these chairs show a few old repairs but all joints strong and all cane intact no holes or tears.
Exhibitor: Clarke Pickett.