The Chelsea Antiques Fair

The Chelsea Antiques Fair takes place from 20th – 24th March returning to its venerable King’s Road venue, Chelsea Old Town Hall, after a year’s absence whilst the hall was being restored and redecorated.

‘This has been the first time since 1950 that the fair has taken a break,’ explains organiser Caroline Penman, who took over the fair in the early 1980’s. ‘Many regular collectors have been in touch and are looking forward to our return in the newly refurbished, gilded and polished Town Hall.

The Fair features a variety of art and antiques from 35 exhibitors. All exhibits are scrutinized and vetted for quality and authenticity ensuring collectors can buy with confidence.

This year they are expanding their appeal to the new generation of millennials who have been recently acclaimed as the next generation of collectors. ‘Today’s young people no longer want homogeneous bland furniture assembled from flatpacks, they are seeking their own individual style, combing traditional and modern design,’ explains exhibitor Mike Melody from Melody Antiques of Chester, showing for the first time at the fair and taking a large area to display 18th and 19th century town and country furniture and decorative accessories along with other specialists including Wayne Long Antiques and A & J. Antiques.

Also featuring will be specialists in Art Nouveau, Arts & Crafts, Aesthetic Movement, Art Deco and Twentieth century design, with pieces by such designers and makers including Archibald Knox, Liberty’s, Keith Murray, Loetz, Wiener Werkstatte, Venini and Preiss.

European glass, snuff bottles and decorative tiles will be exhibited along with European and British designer glass and early English drinking glasses to Whitefriars vases. Fine English silver, English porcelain from the major 18th and 19th centuries factories; and English pottery including early Coalport, Staffordshire, Delft, Blue & White, Mason’s Ironstone and Prattware will also be at the fair. Vintage posters, English watercolours, drawings and engravings, 19th and 20th century paintings and Persian carpets sit side by side with jewellery specialists.

The fair opens at 2.00pm on Wednesday 20th March, staying open to 9.00pm on the first day. Thursday-Saturday, 11.00am-6.00pm, 11.00am-5.00pm on Sunday. Admission: £5.00.

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