Alice Roberton reports on four days of decorative and collectable delights
The Bath Decorative Antiques Fair
is an annual get together of traders, collectors, interior designers and homemakers all jostling for the best in antiques and decorative wares. With its manageable size, friendly atmosphere and wonderful home-from-home room sets, this mecca of a fair has a real buzz about it. I caught up with Roadshow expert, and self confessed fan of the fair, Mark Hill
on his stand where he was showing his extensive collection of Ricardia art deco pottery.
Our new agent James Hulme did a sterling job of manning the H&A stand for the four-day fair, with me and Homes & Antiques editor Angela Linforth lending a hand.
Angela spotted one of these gorgeously potted-up Lustreware teacups on the Town & Country Antiques stand. She couldn’t resist buying it as a memento of her day.
Father and son, Ross and Tristan Newman, were rather taken by this unusual piece of 19th century kitsch, a musical Black Forest ware coat hook found at Mark Newsum Antiques
. Mark, who sells an enchanting selection of Mdina glass, treen, metalware and curios, trades at Winchcombe Arts & Antiques in Gloucestershire.
As is always the case at these events, traders buy from traders and John of John Cornall Antiques
was no exception - he was pleased with the original 18th-century pub settle he bought from Terry Cusach of Appledore Antiques.
The DJ Green Antiques
stand looked enticing, enough so for this delighted customer to snap up a French 1880-1890s library chair, freshly re-upholstered in Irish linen.
H&A will be out in force throughout the latter part of March. Here's where you'll find us:
Saturday 16th March, 10am-4.30pm - Topsy & Elsie's Vintage Fair, The Kirkby Lonsdale Institute, New Road, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
Thursday 21st March, 11am-4pm - Sussex Country Brocante
, Wisborough Green Village Hall, Wisborough Green, School Road, West Sussex
Saturday 23rd March, 11am-3pm - Vintage In The Park
, Abington Park Museum, Park Avenue South, Northampton