Thursday, 6 January 2011

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair- part 2, Information

Here some useful information about the Fair:

Battersea Park, London SW11  - 
Organiser Enquiries during the Fair: +44 (0)207 223 2808
Tuesday 18 - Sunday 23 January 2011


"At the Decorative Fair we like to think we transcend fashion.
Our exhibitors source objects which inspire trends, rather than follow them.  "New" products on the high street have their origins in the art and style of the past; to anyone who says contemporary interiors have nothing to do with history, we say, "we have to disagree"!  Antiques and vintage stock offer so many benefits: each item is unique, one-off, has been loved, cherished and survived so well that it deserves to be passed on to another who appreciates its innate sense of style, its purpose and its craftsmanship.  An antique is the ultimate in ecologically-friendly
interior design, as well as an heirloom."
Patricia Harvey, Founder and Organiser of the Fair


Dealers I like to recommend, 
knowledgeable and experienced dealers
who are not only just going with the "flow" - but with the "Zeitgeist"

Lee Wright Antiques & Design
'Interesting selected pieces'
A passionate and very professional dealer
(image of one of his stands in 2005)

DNA Design, David Ford
Core One, The Gas Works, 2 Michael Road,London SW6 2AN
one of the best dealers at the Fair with a brilliant 'eye'
(in my opinion)

 (Images of David's stand in 2005)

Augustus Brandt, Brandt Tudgay
'An inspired collection of exquisite taste and quality
from several European countries'
(image with the set of 18th Swedish chairs from 2001)

Brownrigg@Home, Andrew Purchase
'Specialist in French & Continental furniture,
eclectic range of articles including classic antiques from 18th to 20th
pictures, statuary & furniture'

Andrew Purchase is a very straight dealer
and prices are competative
(stand images from 2009)

Artefact, Victoria Davar
'18th to 20th Century Swedish & French pieces,
including chandeliers, foxed mercury glass mirrors, stoneware,
metal pieces & an eclectic mix of objects trouvés'

Callie Hollenden
'Eclectic period lighting, garden statuary
and 18th & 19th century pieces.
Continental antiques for contemporary & country houses.'
(image from 2006 when Callie had her stand opposite of mine)

Lorfords Antiques Limited, Toby Lorford and Lesley Ferguson
'17th to 20th century decorative antiques & accessories
from England, France, Sweden and Italy'

  Toby is a highly passionate Antique dealer
with a lovely and gentle personality, good friend of mine!


Patricia Harvey Antiques
'A mixture of unusual furniture & objects,
all chosen for a special appeal'.
42 Church Street, London NW8 8EP
Dermot & Jill Palmer Antiques
'18th to 20th century French & English furniture & objects'.
7/8 Union Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1HA
James Jackson
'A discerning range of English & French furniture & decorative items
from the 18th, 19th & 20th centuries'
Annette Puttnam
'An eclectic mix of decorative furniture & objects of all periods,
especially painted & upholstered furniture'.
The Clubroom, High Street, Petworth, West Sussex
De Parma, Gary de Sparham
'Quality, interesting, mid 20th century design'
Core One, The Gas Works, 2 Michael Road, London SW6 2AN
Jane Sacchi
'Antique & modern linens'

.....of course there are plenty more good dealers!


Shipping and transport info:

Packing and carriage may be arranged with
BBF Shipping Ltd.
who will be pleased to quote for transport
both within UK and for export.
They have a stand at the Fair, just off the reception area

One of my New York customer
and also an Antique dealer from St. Barbara, California
Davies Turner -
London headquarters: 020 7622 4393

another shipper with competitive prices:

Hedley's Humpers
Offices in London, Paris, New York, Miami and in Belgium
(an experienced shipping company for Antiques and professionals)


Whether carpets or candlesticks, side-tables or sofas,
paintings or pottery,
the Decorative Fair offers rich pickings whatever your tastes.
From Baroque to Bauhaus and beyond,
the exhibitors proffer the most interesting 
and practical period designs for their displays.

****** continue from my previous post...
re-view of my stands over the last few years:

in 2007

Late 18th century Danish Secretaire in natural oak
a pair of Swedish demi-lune tables, around 1900, re-painted
a pair of stunning Italian wall lights from the 1940s

A French provencal late 18th century table, original paint
French tabouret (foot stool)

German sofa, ca. 1900, recovered with Belgium linen
Swedish 18th century cupboard in its original paintwork

Pair of 19th century French arm chairs

French "Buffet a deux corps" - dresser, 19th century

One of a pair of early 19th French draper's tables, Bordeaux region
with concrete garden pots, 1930s and oyster baskets

in 2008

 Coffe table made from a 17th century French cellar door
on a new steel base, my own design
French 18th painted buffet
a pair of French 1930-40s wall lights
a pair of French late 19th Bergere's...
...recovered in linen hemp from genuine 19th German grain sacks

French 19th drapers table in natural oak
with a few 19th Italian storage jars,
some 18th Swiss jars
a demi-lune wooden window frame from late 18th/early 19th century
and one of a pair of 19th Chinese stools

in 2009
another coffee table, made of an 18th German door 

On the right: detail of a Mid-18th German cupboard, Schleswig-Holstein region
in natural oak (it was really heavy! and sold in the first 10 minutes!)
recovered with linen hemp from genuine 19th German grain sacks
a 'stack' of these grain sacks which went to Spain...

Finally we decided to show the 18th Norwegian harvest table again...
and it was sold very quickly!  Sadly enough for me because I loved it!

One of a pair of lamps made of a kind of 1930's car? radiators, 
could have sold them several times, people were mad about...

A Mid-18th century very charming cupboard in pine
from South-West of France, Lelinde region, went to New York
- my customer sent me a photo of it after a 'safe arrival'
showing it with his blue and white China collection, looked stunning! -

A 19th Century French lantern

.....still in 2009

A pair of industrial French 19th steel windows, mirrored
a late 19th French garden table with the original paint


Due to family reasons in 2009 I found that I had to stop doing the fair.
But, hopefully, it may work out that this fair will see me again.......

Remark: I apologise for any grammatical mistakes! 


  1. Hello Karin,
    Big WOW to this post and your images that you share with us- so very inspiring and oh how I wish I could attend the fair. Best of luck with the upcoming show and looking forward to 2011 pic's
    well wishes
    Colette ~Afrique du Sud

  2. Hi -Karin I would like send you a e-mail, could you possibly send me your address to:
    thank you ~Colette ~Afrique du Sud

  3. Hello Karin, I found your blog through Trouvais. Love your photos. It looks like the London show was beautiful with many wonderful dealers. I don't know much about antiques but I love old good funiture with character. I was born in Berlin, raised in the Netherlands, lived in Canada and have lived in Santa Barbara for many many years. So I'm a bit of a gypsy like you...
    Love your by-line, "die dingen des lebens." My German is very child-like, but I enjoy reading blogs because it does give me an opportunity to keep up my languages a little bit. My younger cousins in Germany all write excellent English, and my older cousin there corresponds with me in Dutch. Look forward to following your blog.
    Wiedersehen! Carla in Santa Barbara

  4. Hi Karin

    I'm so glad that Trish encouraged you to start your blog, you have some great things to share. This London fair must be fantastic to show at, but exhausting as well I should think.
    Thank you for the shipping tips, could be useful!
    My French Country Home

  5. Hello Karin and welcome aboard! Your blog looks so exciting and I'm happy to add you to my blogroll. I haven't been over to England for this show in two years but seeing these pictures I'm going back this year! Stunning!

  6. A big Texas welcome, Karin. I'm coming over from Trish @ Trouvais. And, she was SO right about her accolades of your lovely style. I'm a fashionista, not a decorista, but love beautiful things surrounding me. Especially good friends from the blog world. xx's

  7. Karin, would you consider an online antiques market. You have a wonderful eye for quality and beauty. I am so happy to have found this site. Best of Luck to you.

  8. Karin,
    Love your things Trish was right you do have style and taste. Will visit when i can! Maryanne

  9. Hi Karin.......
    Good share.I like the captures of the decor and furniture stuff.Will look forward to this post and hopefully attend this fair in future.Am also look to buy some new furniture for my outdoor.

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