A few weeks ago I learned about London's Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair from Karin at La Pouyette. Fortunately, the event coincided with my trip to England last week and Karin emailed me an invitation. The show is known to be an excellent resource of painted Swedish and Gustavian furniture. Held in Battersea Park, the location is easy to access as shuttle service is provided from Sloane Square. Following are a few favorite sightings.
Dealers Bie Baert, based in Belgium, and Odette Welvaars, based in The Netherlands, told me they were exhibiting at the fair for the first time. They shared a stunning booth that had several outstanding pieces including these 18th-century green Swedish chairs.
The French Country Living Antiques space was a feast for the eyes.
Several things from Victoria Harvey caught my eye: this Swedish painted desk,
This set of chairs and the huge bookcase behind them,
And this serpentine chest of drawers with a gorgeous patina.
One of my favorite exhibiting shops was Maison Artefact. The long narrow, dining table in the center was fabulous. (Antique rocking horses were plentiful, I saw several examples throughout the fair.)
This secretary might have been my favorite piece in the booth.
Another standout exhibitor was Appley Hoare Antiques.
They had loads of beautiful, antique glass.
I loved these 20th-century Swedish dining chairs.
And I am becoming obsessed with deep-dyed monogrammed linens.
I think they would be gorgeous combined with these 19th-century French Gien plates (a set of 78!) on the Maison Artefact table.
A few things that figured prominently in several booths: intaglios - these from Julian Carr Linford who has a shop in Portobello Road,
Herbaria - this extensive folio from Gaby van Schagen who is based in The Netherlands,
And green enamel, industrial pendant lights - these from Fontaine are circa 1930.
Katharine Pole had some of the most beautiful antique textiles I have seen. She had a few pillows on display and stacks of beautiful pieces ready for one's own creations.
And Puckhaber Decorative Antiques had the most beautiful collection of French and Italian chairs. This circa 1820 Empire, not quite matched pair, have been scraped to their original paint.
The finish on these Italian, circa 1880 arm chairs is original.
I think this 19th-century French Empire style chair upholstered in grey linen is perfection.
Another fabulous booth was Martin D. Johnson Antiques. While its offerings were somewhat similar to my other favorites, it stood out with a fresh, youthful feeling.
A charming feature of the fair is that it is 'dog friendly.' I saw a number of visitors with dogs in tow and several exhibitors had dogs, of all sizes, in their booths - usually curled up on a priceless looking chair.