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January 21, 2014, 11:55 AM

Decorative Fair opens with a Jane Austen themed exhibition.

By Ruby Hazael

Regency convex gilt wood mirror on display in the Mansfield Park room, part of 'At Home with Miss Austen' exhibition at this Januarys Decorative Fair, eagle atop (similar examples available for sale at the Fair)

Antiques By Design's crafted lamps and mirrors from bygones and salvage with some impressive US traffic lights at the Decorative Fair opening this week [photo Guy Trench

London South West, UK - The first Decorative Fair of 2014 opens this week at the 'Evolutions' venue in Battersea Park. With around 140 exhibitors booked, there are apparently more exhibitors than ever before.

The London Antiques Fair Diarist writes '... if you haven't been before, you'll notice the atmosphere inside this antique fair which seems to separate it from all others. It's always had a good mood at the fair - friendly and informal. The dealers are there to show their antiques, decorative objets and collectibles but they choose the fair because it's a good one to do and they feel at home. So they're in a good mood and there's a fair amount of banter and collegiate cheerfulness. I spend a fair amount of time at the fair (it's only fair!) and they always have time to talk about the beautiful, interesting and attractive things they have - even if they know I'm not buying.'

The foyer exhibition this time is an ode to Jane Austen and her current bi-centenary bonanza. (Pride and Prejudice was published in 1813, Mansfield Park in 1814 and Emma in 1815). 'Miss Austen at Home' is curated by Helen Linfield of Wakelin and Linefield, experts in 18th and 19th century furniture. The two rooms created for the exhibition will contain pieces from the late Stuart period to 1817, the year of Jane's death.

Most exhibitors at the fair carry some decorative antiques, many have antique garden furniture and ornament and a handful will have some architectural antiques. Antiques By Design will be there with decorative antiques, and lamps, mirrors and furniture made from bygones and salvage. Gary Wallis Antiques will also be exhibiting with decorative, garden and architectural antiques.

The Decorative Fair in Battersea Park, London starts on Tuesday 21st January and closes on Sunday 26th at 6pm.

Antiques By Design Ltd

Decorative Fair, Battersea Park, London

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