A preview of Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, which comes to The Pavilion in Bath from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 March 2018
After 29 years, the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair is still the leading regional event to beat, where rustic to refined ultra-relevant stylish English Country House style, Mid Century design, industrial chic, Swedish period painted furniture, period portraits and perennially fashionable crusty iron garden furniture will rub shoulders with decorative staples of the 80s and 90s now back in demand by a new and younger audience – French marble top chocolatiers’ tables, elaborate brass and steel bakers’ racks, buffets and armoires in fruitwood, huge pine refectory tables and Windsor chairs, rows of yellow confit pots, pub signs, marine and advertising ephemera, homely Staffordshire dogs, samplers and quilts and yes, large scale oak, mahogany and walnut brown furniture re-imagined by a new generation of decorators and collectors.
Vagabond Antiques – a Parliament of stone owls
The event has remained at the same wonky Bath Pavilion since the launch back in 1989 and quickly fills up with eager exhibitors each year, keen to secure a place at what is reliably expected to be a busy event teeming with buyers from the UK, EU and USA happy to queue up for hours in all weathers before the doors open at 12 midday.
New for 2018 will be King George Antiques, Kent who specialises in library furniture and Country House pieces with the majority of the exhibitors being returnees year on year including Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd, Kent, Cherrie & Michael Todd, Somerset, Terry and Marie Kelly, Somerset and Appledore Antiques, Devon all of whom specialise in naïve country furniture, Folk Art, samplers and early pottery. From farther afield come The Archives from Belgium with decorative furniture and unusual accessories and glass, Bohm’s Antiek from Sweden with painted Swedish provincial furniture and Mark Blower Antiques, Channel Islands, with period portraits, colonial antique furniture and accessories.
Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd Antiques – a group of C18th chemist jars
Not Wanted on Voyage, Oxford, return with the large selection of Mid Century design, art and upholstery and Mary Hossack of Life England, Somerset, London, will have an artful mix of Mid Century design and decorative antiques with an emphasis on upholstered antique chairs and sofas for which the company is known.
The fair takes place at the very beginning of Spring and visitors will be delighted to see Linda North, Hertfordshire, who’s stand will be heavily laden, bursting with urns, jardinieres, wirework garden furniture, statuary and objects. Linda Townshend Bateson, Tetbury, will also show a wide range of antiques for the garden. Returning after a successful debut in 2017 will be Joe Chaffer of Vagabond Antiques, Petworth who deals in an expertly curated mix of Old World Country House pieces with decorative antiques for the garden. Large scale shop counters, dressers and antiques for the garden will be showcased by Kent dealers Elham Antiques.
A northern contingent will be descending on Bath this year with Molly & Maud’s Place, York, decorative country furniture, garden and architectural pieces, DJ Green Antiques, Sheffield, French and English decorative antiques for the home and garden, and Chris Holmes Decorative Antiques, Harrogate, rustic and decorative antiques for the home and garden, showing with Chloe Holt who will bring her original contemporary oils framed in antique frames. Other art dealers at the fair include Granta Fine Art with C20th Modern and Contemporary Art, Larkhall Fine Art with 19th and 20th century master prints by artists from around the world.
Nordic contemporary design will be well represented by Swedish by Design, Dorset and Nordic period painted furniture from The Swedish Room, Hungerford. La Place Antiques, Arundel, West Sussex will show English and Continental painted furniture, lighting and antiques. Tetbury based Jacqueline Hall will return with a mix of French and English decorative furniture. Wharton Antiques, Somerset, will bring a mixture of architectural elements, fire surrounds, decorative accessories and decorative accessories for home and garden.
Emily’s House, Tetbury, deals in Berber, Turkish nomads – and handmade Kilims, vintage Beni Ouarain and Moroccan rugs and will show how to use these period rugs and textiles in the modern interior.
Left, Erna Hiscock & John Shepherd Antiques – a C19th estate made dolls house in original paint
Right, Molly & Maud’s Place – a pair of Victorian wirework plant stands
La Place – C19th Dutch display cabinet and French canape
1 La Place Antiques – a pair of French iron rocking chairs
Bath Decorative Antiques Fair takes place at The Pavilion, Bath from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 March.
Trade preview: Thursday 8 March, 12 – 5pm. Admission with trade invite or trade business card, otherwise £10.
Open to the public: Friday 9 March, 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10 March, 10am – 5pm, Sunday 11 March, 10am – 4pm. Admission: £5.