Antiques, recycling at its prettiest

Antiques, recycling at its prettiest

Buying antiques is a great way of furnishing with minimal impact on the environment. And if you're always on the look-out for fascinating one-off pieces, don't miss the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fairs in London's Battersea.

By Abby Trow
Lepidopterists will delight in these butterfly domes by Alex MacArthur

The Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair in London's Battersea Park is a true treasure trove.. you'll find everything from dolls to china, bottled butterflies to vintage Hermes handbags, not to mention paintings, furniture and lighting.   Pictured above: butterflies under 19th century glass domes, from £450, from Brighton-based Alex MacArthur

If you crave a jar of butterflies for your mantelpiece, or mid century modern furniture...perhaps a wicker chaise or a writing desk...then your wish can very probably be granted if you visit the Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair. The fair is where interior designers head to if they're looking for that special piece for a project, and it's open to the public.

The fair runs from 4-9 April and takes place during National Antiques Week, and both events focus attention on how  green a business antiques is, longevity and durability being at its heart. With more than 140 exhibitors selling furniture, lighting and accessories across several hundred years, it should be of interest when you want classical pieces from the 1800s or mid 20th century furniture.

Antiques from Maison Artefact in Fulham, London
Italian rattan lounger, circa 1950, £1,950, from Christophe Edwards
Blue and white china from Sue Norman
Late '60s/early '70s light fitting in shape of an artist's paint palette from Andrew Bewick
1950s Swedish ceramic vases by Uppsala-Ekeby, £590 for group, from Tim Smith-Vincent
Simulated bamboo library ladder, circa 1860, £2,650, from Wakelin & Linfield

Young Guns

The antiques businesss has been associated with older people..both dealers and customers.. but in fact there are plenty of young bucks hard at work around the country.
 
This year the organizers of the National Antiques Week are holding a Young Guns competition to seek out best dealers under 40. The winner will be presented with his or her award at the Spring Fair, and the foyer will feature a display curated by young gun exhibitor Mark Hill, featuring objets from entrants to this national competition.
 
Butterflies
 
If moose heads on the wall aren't your thing, you might be interested in the exquisite work of Alex MacArthur, who makes butterfly domes, using 19th century glass domes. She doesn't want to give too much away but says the butterflies she sources are not killed for decorative purposes.
 
 
Antiques from dealers Bie Baert & Odette Welvaars
Italian glass-topped desk, circa 1950, £1,200, from C20C
Pair of 19th century walnut armchairs upholstered in linen, £2,650, from Seventeen-Twenty-One
English grey velvet high backed chairs, £2,400 the pair, circa 1930s, from Le Style 25
Vintage bags from Katheleys of Belgium, inc Hermes Kelly bag, circa 1970, at £2,900
Quirky pieces from Martin D Johnson Antiques Ltd
1960s Czech Borske Sklo glass, large £185, small, £85, from Tim Smith-Vincent
For more contemporary antiques, if that's not an oxymoron, see Carlisle London's stand
Red and blue butterfly domes from Alex MacArthur

All in all, you should find plenty to stimulate the senses.

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