21ST BATH DECORATIVE AND ANTIQUES FAIR 2010 is a vintage year for this well loved provincial event which came of age from day one when the first event became a firm favourite on both sides of the Atlantic.
News-Antique.com - Jan 26,2010 - The 21st BATH DECORATIVE AND ANTIQUES FAIR
The Pavilion, North Parade Road,
Bath BA2 4EU
4-6 March 2010
Trade: Thursday 4 March 12.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Public: Friday 5 March 11 am - 7.00 pm &
Saturday 6 March 10.00 am - 5.00 pm
Charity Preview Evening: Thursday 4 March
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm
Bath Decorative Fair Turns 21!
2010 is a vintage year for this well loved premier provincial event which came of age from day one when the first event in 1989 became a firm favourite on the antiques trade calendar on both sides of the Atlantic.
The event was fully booked five months ahead of the opening date in March 2010 and organiser Robin Coleman said how pleased he was that support for this unique event has never wavered.
A large number of the 45 exhibitors have been with the fair since it opened in 1989 and each year there is a sprinkling of new exhibitors who are welcomed to what has become something of a club over the years. The friendly atmosphere and the familiar setting of the Pavilion in the elegant city of Bath, together with a stellar line up of some of the best dealers in decorative antiques in the UK, draws a large queue outside the building on the Opening Day who come to feast their eyes upon country and painted decorative furniture from the UK and Europe, decorative accessories for the home, lighting, folk art, naïve paintings, needlework and textiles, pottery both decorative and homely Staffordshire pieces, unusual decorative items for the garden and much more. It is part of the tradition that coffee is served to queue, many of whom arrive before breakfast time on what is usually a chilly March morning to be sure to get first dibs of the concentrated exhibition of the best in decorative antiques and accessories outside London.
The Fair has embraced the move towards mixing 20th century art and design with period antiques and decorative pieces. New exhibitors and WEADA members, Gray Modern & Contemporary Art will be arriving on the Somerset Art scene this spring with their West Country launch at the Bath Decorative and Antiques Fair. The husband and wife team hold an impressive and constantly changing stock of work from respected Modern British artists such as Elisabeth Frink and Frank Auerbach to cutting edge Contemporary artists such as Tracy Emin and Andre Butzer in addition to decorative paintings, drawings, prints and posters from 1900 including Dodo Burgner, Averil Mary Burleigh and Roger Perot, a selection of which they will bring to the Fair with a collection of sculptural busts. Ashley Gray commented: “Having worked privately for many years, the time has come to take take our passion for the arts to the next level.”
New exhibitors for 2010 include Jonathan Swire Antiques of Lancashire who deals in antiques for a contemporary setting together with fossils and natural history fragments. Upholstery and lighting are a particular speciality. First time visitors Andrew