Bath Decorative Antiques Fair - 8-10 March 2019

After 30 years, this remains the leading furniture and accessories with an industrial decorative regional event to beat. Where rustic garden furniture meets Mid-century design and country house antiques rub shoulders with Swedish painted furniture.

Held at The Pavilion, the Fair holds a strong position in the antiques trade – enjoy- ing an international audience, and a unique, almost club-like atmosphere, amongst its loyal exhibitors and clients.

Founded in 1989 by local dealer Robin Coleman, and acquired in 2013 by Sue and Peter Hodder of Cooper Events, who recognised that the fair had an important legacy in the trade, it has continued to thrive during their six years of stewardship. Sue Ede: “We are honoured to own this important event which is so cherished by all who sail in her! We are very much looking forward to celebrating the 30th edition with exhibitors from 1989 to the present day.”

There will be an emphasis on style diversity for the 30th edition, with an exciting mix of dealers, some of whom were there at the very first event. Dealers in Folk Art, painted furniture and antiques, will join a dazzling group of young dealers, some of which were still at school back in 1989! Names you’ll recognise from recent issues of VE include Tallboy Interiors, who will bring Continental decorative flair, and Matthew’s Room, with a decorative but pared down and gritty style.

Bridging the gap between those two generations are many returning exhibitors including Chris Holmes Antiques from Harrogate, with decorative antiques with an industrial chic appeal, Country Oak Antiques with period oak and Folk Art, also from Harrogate, and Elham Antiques, with large scale industrial counters and decorative garden accessories.

The dealers come from far and wide, La Place Antiques and William Morris Antiques, travel from Sussex; Dean Antiques & Blank Canvas, Herefordshire, whilst DJ Green Antiques travel from Sheffield and Not Wanted on Voyage, Northamptonshire. Mid-century design and paintings are brought to the party by Scandinavian by Design, and objects of interest will be piled to the gunnels in the cabinet of curiosities on the stand of Mark Stacey Antiques.

Antiques for the garden are always a strong theme at Bath and Lynda North, Acanthus Antiques and Lynda Townshend Bateson, are key dealers for this look.

There will also be a number of new exhibitors for 2019, bringing with them Persian carpets and upholstery, Mid-century lighting, French mirrors and art de table.

The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU When: 8-10 March (TRADE ONLY 7 March)
Open: TRADE PREVIEW: Thursday 12noon-5pm. Entry free with Invitation or Business Card, otherwise £10.
PUBLIC: Friday and Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Entry £5

Woo Gilchrist