With exhibitors from across the UK and a wide range of 20th century and traditional antiques and art on sale, the fair offered plenty for regular and aspiring collectors and home designers.
Focus on buying
Fair Director Mary Claire Boyd from Clarion Events said: “We are delighted with this year’s London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair, which has been busier and better for sales. Our visitors were much more focused on buying; they understood what the fair was all about, and from the opening few hours we knew the fair was going to be so much stronger than last time. One of our main objectives was to introduce new clients to dealers and this was achieved for many.”
Exhibitors at the fair also expressed a range of positive feedback, including Mark Hill, glass specialist, TV antiques expert and fair lecturer. Mark said, “There’s been lots of younger buyers, and many made purchases as presents. I’ve sold to collectors from Italy, China and across the UK. All very encouraging indeed.”
Other exhibitors also commented on their experiences over the three days:
- Mike Melody from Melody Antiques in Chester, said, “I’ve sold more than half of my stand of traditional 18th and 19th century furniture.”
- Simon Harrison from Danish Homestore, said, “It’s been a very good show indeed. I’ve sold to customers from across London and beyond, including a visitor to the Boat Show from the Caribbean who purchased a Mid-Century ‘flip-flop’ table for his yacht, for £1400.”
- Sussex-based Jeroen Markies, an art deco, said, “I’ve sold furniture, bronzes and lighting and it’s been stronger than last year. I’m very pleased.”
- Julie Martin from Beeblo in Cambridge, a specialist in 20th-century glass and ceramics, said, “The fair has done exactly what I wanted. It’s delivered sales to new customers both at the fair and from by website traffic which is considerably up, thanks to the fair.”
The fair’s additional attractions included a number of expert speakers and a special display of WWI posters presented by Maurice Collins, entitled Poster Persuaders from WWI, added extra interest for visitors and were extremely well received.