• BATH, United Kingdom
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  • February 14, 2018

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Vagabond Antiques A Parliament of Owls

After 29 years, the Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 9-11 March 2018, trade preview 8 March, 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.

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.

Bath Decorative Antiques Fair 2018

New for 2018 will be Nigel Bartlett Antiques, Dartmouth, Devon, Chimneypieces, grates, architectural Items, pictures, furniture, Country Oak Antiques, Harrogate, primitive country furniture including Welsh stick chairs & Folk Art, some decorative pieces.  Ruddy Antiques based in France, whose stock ranges from formal to fun, pictures, furniture and objects, Alston & Ashton, Somerset, French provincial country furniture, Santiago Venture Real & Mark Stacey, Kent, with their famous cabinet of curiosities and Bombe Antiques, Kent, with decorative French and Italian pieces for home and garden and King George Antiques, also Kent who specialises in library furniture and Country House pieces. 

Remaining  exhibitors are 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.

Oak Country Furniture Decoys

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.



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The 29th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Date: 9-11 March 2018. TRADE ONLY 8 March

Venue: The Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath, BA2 4EU

Opening Times:

TRADE PREVIEW Thursday 8 March: 12noon – 5pm. Admission with Trade Invite or Trade Business Card. Otherwise £10.00.

PUBLIC: Friday 9 March 10am – 5pm

Saturday 10 March 10am – 5pm

Sunday 11 March 10 am – 4 pm

Admission: £5.00.


Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
The Pavilion
North Parade Road
Bath, United Kingdom
+44(0)1225 742240
About Bath Decorative Antiques Fair

Baht Decorative Antiques Fair is organised by Robin Coleman and was founded in 1989 to offer decorative antique dealers an opportunity to meet a wider audience and display their finest stock. Robin Coleman West View 5 Church Hill Bromham Wiltshire SN15 2JQ +44(0)7710 107464

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