Friday, 23 September 2011

The Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair - Part 1

For more than two decades, the
 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 
has led the way as the UK's premiere antiques fair for interior design.
In Battersea Park, London, (near Sloane Square, Chelsea),
it was the first in the UK to offer a 'look' for decorating.
 The Winter Decorative fair usually runs in the last week in January each year,
followed by a Spring Fair held in April/May and in the Autumn in September/October
at The Marquee, in Battersea Park, by Chelsea Bridge.

"After many years of minimalism and simplicity,
I think people want to add more personality into their homes..." 
This recent statement by the eponymous British designer Sir Paul Smith may be one of the reasons
why this Fair, unlike some others, has seen continued growth in the past years
as to the number of exhibitors and the unflagging demand from both
decorators and private buyers for the stock they bring to the Fairs.

Whilst the make-up of the Antique Fairs has changed since they launched 24 years ago,
the experience at the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fairs has not.
Buyers still find it the most inspiring and relaxed antiques event in the UK.
Dealers offer interior decorators and private buyers
the best design options around for a very individual look.


On this occasion I would like to introduce one of my best friends,
James Jackson, who has been trading from 279 Lillie Road, London, since 2002
following a ten years stretch inside Christie's South Kensington Auction house, London.


We met each other when Jim and his partner Andrew,
who works for an Investment bank in the city of London,
bought 9 years ago this beautiful....
...19th Century Chateau, set in a wonderful park, nearby where we live here in the Dordogne/Périgord.

'Le Chateau de Saint-Vincent-Jalmoutiers' was built in 1873,
 designed by the architect Jules Mandin, 
and is registered in the "Inventaire général du patrimoine culturel".

The main restoration took 3 years and is still ongoing!
The interior is absolutely stunning and I hope to show sometime in a future post pictures about it.


With a clearly defined look and a wide range of interesting goods
selected on their individual merit, James sells primarily to the antiques trades 
and interior design professionals.


19th century French bisque porcelain bust of Napoleon



18th century French Fauteuil in walnut

A French 18th century carved and painted lime wood bleeding heart

19th century plaster bust of a classical male, French

Pair of French gilt metal wall sconces, modelled as leafy rush sprays, 1950's



French carved and ebonised arrow wall sconce

Set of three shell wall candle sconces in chromed metal, 1950's

French 19th century wrought iron balustrade elements
adapted into stylish architectural wall sconces (a pair)

A stunning French 19th Century cast iron bust by the sculptor Emile Thomas, 1817-1882
66 cm high x 38 cm wide

Impressed to the side 'Emile Thomas fecit Arras 1855'

English wrought iron demi-lune garden table, late 19th century

A French Bergére in walnut, late 19th century

One of a pair of 1960's French glass and silvered metal wall sconces
of Bagues style

French 19th Century carton design for an Aubusson tapestry panel

A large early 20th century antler chandelier

Pair of wrought iron wall sconces,
adapted from 19th century cast iron balustrade elements with spiral twist finials

French ebonised walnut serpentine front commode, ca. 1950's

An English Regency cast iron hob grate, designed by George Bullock, ca. 1820

French painted console table with faux marble top, circa 1850


Pair of French armchairs in the Louis XVI. style, around 1900

A glamorous sequined swan sewing box, 1950's

Oil on canvas, 1950's

French 18th century console table with its original marble top, ca. 1760-80

French gilt framed mirror, 1950's

A silver plated wine cooler, impressed Christian Dior to the base

Pair of mid-20th century buttoned leather armchairs, French circa 1950-60

Pair of lamps, adapted from 19th century cast iron balustrade elements


A French painted wrought iron console table, circa 1920
with original marble top and central gilded iron leaf cartouche

English 18th century Cotswold stone lion

Jim is exhibiting at the fair with wonderful and interesting pieces - not shown before!
Don't miss!

to be continued....


  1. What an amazing assortment of fabulous furnishings!! I love the commodes, scupltures chairs and console tables. What fun!! So wish I was closer....enjoy!

  2. Wonderful treasures!

    Would be nice to meet you in London!


    So und jetzt muss ich was Leckeres kochen.
    ♥ Franka

  3. Are you going Karin? I've received eight invitations from my dealers but unfortunately I'm not going this year. It's really a fabulous show!

  4. Hi Karin!
    I LOVE the House! its like a little castle. the lion is best thaqt isee in the last picture :)

  5. Debra from Acquired Objects: No, I'm not going to the fair, I only have a 7-days-week :) and so much to do here. But I must say that I really do miss this fair very much, all my customers, the dealer friends and the inspiration! Maybe sometimes next year and who knows you might go as well again and we could meet ??!!
    That would be fun!

    Thank you all, Franka, Tina and akissfromthepast, for your comments!

  6. Hi Karin! You had me at the lantern!
    What a wonderful world James lives in and creates - that home is right out of a dream, and his treasures he finds are wonderful. I wish I could attend the faire!
    Thank you for coming by my little world. It means so much to me.
    xo isa

  7. Grandeur, simplicity, elegance, whimsical – this delicious collection has it all! Thank you for including his web address too.

  8. Hi Karin,
    Your friend James will probably know my long standing friends Andrew and Jonathan who trade at 287 Lillie Road....Andrew Bewick.
    They will be at the Autumn Decorative Antiques and Textile Fair too...small world!
    Julie x

  9. Hi Julie, first thank you very much for your comment.
    Yes, I'm sure that Jim know your friends. I actually met Andrew and Jonathan briefly when they had a stand at the fair together with my friend Claire, a few years ago....
    Truly a small world!
    x karin

  10. Oh, what a pity, we'll be in London from the 4th of October on!

  11. Hi Pet,
    that's really a pity because - knowing your blog and of what you're posting - I think you would enjoy a visit to this fair.
    Apart from the 'fashionable' antiques and pieces and 'look' - there are as well artist's pieces and creations.
    Merci beaucoup for your comment, we definitely have to meet some day - maybe next year or so....
    Greetings from the Périgord to San Sebastian,
    et je souhait un tres bon weekend. k

  12. Karin, thanks for this lovely and tempting introduction to James Jackson. I am so looking forward to going to the fair next week - thanks to you and him! Will keep you posted xo

  13. Karin,
    As always, lovely! Inspiration abounds in your surroundings! Looking forward to Part II and another "chat"!