Animal magic at Decorative Fair

The Spring Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair promises An Ornamental Menagerie as its foyer inspiration for visitors, bringing together designs, objects and works of art featuring all creatures great and small.

The foyer will feature furniture decorated with carvings, such as classical lions’ paws; chinoiserie Ho Ho birds; formal and folk art of beloved pets; and domesticated beasts. Also displayed will be decorated textiles, nostalgic toys and lamps in the form of carved or cast birds and animals.

We’ve pulled together a selection of our favourite finds with an animal theme.

A pearlware lion, English, c1820

An antique pearlware lion

A Black Forest coat hook, Swiss, from the early 20th century

Antique Black Forest coat hook, Swiss, early C20th

A Sicilian gilded sofa with sea creature arms, latter half of the 18th century

Antique Sicilian gilded sofa

Elephant side tables in rosewood, Anglo-Indian, c1930

Antique elephant rosewood tables

Rimini ceramic cat by Bitozzi, Italian, 1960

Vintage ceramic cat

French walnut chair c1940

Antique French walnut chair


An 18th-century crewelwork featuring a squirrel

Antique crewelwork with a small squirrel

A wide range of dealers are lined up to take in the event, ranging from period design and 20th-century classics, to fine and decorative antiques.

Elsewhere, works of art from the ancient to contemporary, including sculptures, paintings, prints and photography will also be on view.

The fair takes place from April 17 to 22 at Battersea Park in London.

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