The 26th Bath Decorative Antiques Fair, The Pavilion, Bath

BDAF packs a punch again with a show full of desirable antiques


The annual Bath Decorative Antiques Fair is an antiquing gem. It never fails to charm with its inspired curation and very liveable roomsets. There's something for both the traditional antiques buyer as well as the more daring. In short, whether you’re looking for a French country dining table or some quirky Victorian taxidermy the chances are you’ll find both here.

New to the fair were Cassie and Edd Nicholas of Dig Haushizzle who brought with them a taste of their Bristol shop of curiosities. ‘The idea for the business came when we were trying to furnish our own home and were struggling to find individual pieces,’ they said. Their dark Victorian wares worked brilliantly against a backdrop of hazy mauve.

The Antiques Young Guns were back for BDAF 2015 with their ongoing mission to create a renewed excitement and understanding of buying and collecting antiques. At the fair (from left to right) were Edd Thomas from Edd in the Clouds, co-founder of AYG and owner of Lady Kentmores George Johnson, Lily Trunfull of No1 Lewes who is  collaborating on new venture George Lily (with George Johnson), Alys Dobbie of Nanadobbie, Antiques Young Gun of the Year 2014 James Gooch of Doe & Hope and newcomer Chloe Tymer who runs Molly & Maud’s Place

Founding member of AYG, owner of Antiques News & Fairs and BDAF consultant Gail McLeod told me the exciting news about Antiques Young Guns’ launch in the USA. ‘The alliance we have created with US Antiques Shows will help us to develop and nurture the next generations of antique dealers and buyers,’ said Gail.

I caught up with Ruby Hazael (left), organiser of Salvo Fair, on the Rob Hall Antiques stand where she was discussing plans for the 2015 fair with traders Fiona and Andy Triplow of Vintage & Architectural. The fair is moving to a new home this year and will take place at Fawley Hill near Henley-on-Thames, which was built by Sir Robert McAlpine, on 27th -28th July. Do look out for the H&A stand when you visit.

Showcasing a stylish and homely mix of French finds for her first time at BDAF was Gilli Hanna Decorative Antiques. Gilli, who trades online and from Station Mill Antiques in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, blogs about her buying adventures in France at The Diary of a Brocanteuse.

Adding a splash of colour to proceedings was Emily’s House of London selling a dazzling array of vintage kilims, pile-rugs and carpets from around the world. Owner Katrien Vermeeren (right) explained how she got started. ‘I was asked to source rugs for Danish brand Hay, who recently opened a shop in Bath, and my own brand grew from there. I now supply a host of modern home shops including Designers Guild’. Helping Katrien on the stand was her friend Imme Van Der Haak (left).

Looking around it is obvious that exhibitors at this event really value display and this little corner couldn't  fail to catch the eye. The metallic blue iridescence of the Morpho butterflies under their glass domes atop a Gustavian chest of drawers on the Casa Nova Interiors & Antiques made a strikingly naturalistic display.

I found H&A readers Susan Parsons (left) and Michelle Farmer (right), both from Bath, on the Hossack & Gray stand. The pair love shopping for their homes and told me that their favourite local haunt is Old Bank Antiques Centre on the London Road. Michelle enjoys the challenge of mixing old with new. ‘I love that it is possible to mix decorative antiques with great modern design pieces,’ she said.

The H&A stand appears at fairs up and down the country where we offer great deals on magazines and subscriptions


Sunday 15th, 10am-4pm - Midcentury Modern, Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD. £9.

Saturday 21st, 10am-4pm - The Art of Vintique Fair, Great Barrington Village Hall, Nr Burford, Cotswolds, OX18 4UR. £2.

Sunday 29th, 10am-4pm - Shabbytique Pop-Up Fair, Neville Hall, Miley Road, Waltham St Lawrence, Berkshire, RG10 0JP. 50p.


Sunday 12th, 9.30am-4pm - Field Dog Fairs Wicksteed Park Antiques Fair, Wicksteed Pavilion, Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ. £2.50. 

Sunday 19th, 10am-4pm - Dairy House Annual Antique & Vintage Textile Fair, Dairy House Antiques & Interiors, Station Road, Semley, near Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 9AN. Free. 

Tues and Weds 21st - 22nd , 9am-5pm (Tuesday), 8am-4pm (Wednesday) - IACF's Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair, South of England Showground, Ardingly, Nr Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6TL. £20 (Tues & Weds), £5 (Weds only). 




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