Last week we attended the preview of The Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair in Battersea Park. On display were some real statement pieces from the 17th Century to 20th Century including furniture, lighting, mirrors and silver.
Here’s a our top 5 highlights from this year’s fair:
1/ Richard Fox at Jenna Burlingham Fine Art
Jenna Burlingham Fine Art is one of our go-to art galleries for finding elegant pieces for our clients. Specialising in 20th Century British Art, their expert guidance in this field is invaluable. The sculptural works on display by Richard Fox caught our eye - Fox was inspired by a trip to Barbara Hepworth’s studio back in 2005 and he’s focussed on sculpture ever since. Working from drawings, he initially creates abstract pencil sketches bringing the flow of the pencil to life in this finished sculptural work. There is a beautiful sense of movement and fluidity and we love the way the voids between his work come together to form the finished piece.
2/ David Bedale Antiques
David Bedale has been supplying dealers and collectors for over 35 years. With an exquisite collection of unique items that range from 17th-20th century it’s no surprise he’s a popular choice with interior designers like us. It was difficult to not be dazzled by this mahogany camel back sofa, the vibrant red colour would brighten up a space and bring character into a sitting room. It also reminded us of Salvador Dali’s famous 'Mae West Lips Sofa' — see below!
3/ Martin D. Johnson Antiques & Interiors
We love the ethos of Martin D. Johnson Antiques - they aim to make decorative antiques more available and accessible to help make your home unique. Alongside their impressive stock of 17th, 18th and 19th antiques from across Europe, they up-cycle damaged antiques, at the same time as mending them they are updated to give a more contemporary feel. The pair of 20th century wicker garden chairs pictured below had a lovely French country feel to them. Their faded paintwork only adds to their character and they would look charming in a country garden among coloured flowers.
4/ John Bird Antiques
John Bird Antiques had a beautiful and eclectic selection of items on display, what we love about his pieces is that they are chosen to suit both period and contemporary interiors. We often mix old with new and enjoy incorporating antique items into contemporary, minimal interiors to add character and individuality and reflect the client’s personality. His unusual items range from the French painted panel to the rocking horse pictured below.
5/ James Worrall
James Worrall’s display always surprises us with his sense of play. The red cocktail table is a lovely lighthearted piece perfect in a dining room for entertaining guests. Paired with his 1960s Italian pineapple ice bucket and you’re guaranteed to have a cocktail party to remember!