Sure to be presenting an arresting display will be Fileman Antiques from West Sussex. Established in the 1890’s, the fifth generation of family dealers will be showing the finest eighteenth and nineteenth century chandeliers, wall lights, candelabras, candle lustres and glass objects from the most influential and well-known makers and designers.
The second co-owner of the Chelsea Fair is Steve Sly, the specialist in Meiji period Japanese works of art (1868-1912), again making his debut at Chelsea Old Town Hall. As Steve explains, Japanese artisans produced some of the very finest pieces ever made, whether in metalwork, enamel, ceramics, lacquer or any other medium.
Hatchwell Antiques from the King’s Road will be specialising in antique and vintage telescopes and binoculars, maritime models, scientific instruments and aeronautical design together with English and Continental period furniture.
A regular exhibitor at many leading art fairs, Kaye Michie joins Chelsea Antiques Fair for the first time. She will be showing watercolour and drawings from the 19th century and 20th century in addition to a number of contemporary works.
Freya Mitton, specialising in Modern British paintings will also be showing for the first time. She promises works by John Bratby, Mary Fedden, Sir Terry Frost, Fred Cuming and Ken Howard among many more well-known names.
From Southport, Connecticut, David Brooker Fine Art will be showing English and European paintings.
Santos from London, well known for their fine stock of Chinese porcelain from the 15th to 19th centuries, are also making their debut. Since 2005 Varela Santos has also been working with an international team to complete the definitive work on Chinese porcelain ordered by the Portuguese market since the early days of 1520’s until the end of the Qing dynasty in 1911. Four of the five volumes have been published with the title Portugal in Porcelain from China: 500 years of trade by A. Varela Santos.
Midlands dealer Andrew Muir joins the fair in partnership with James Miles. Together they will be showing the finest decorative arts from 1880-1980, including furniture, lighting, ceramics, paintings, sculpture and a wide range of the very rarest pieces of Clarice Cliff for which Andrew Muir is especially well known. They promise privately sourced and previously unseen pieces from C.R. Ashbee, C. F. A. Voysey, Arthur Simpson, Alan Peters, Liberty & Co, William de Morgan, John Ward and the Birmingham Guild of Handicraft.
Martyn Downer from Cambridge specialises in extremely rare and important historical jewels, objects and artefacts and promises a number of highly interesting pieces. Martyn will also be promoting My Family Silver, the family crest and heirloom finding website which he founded.
Specialising in fine objets d’art, especially superb boxes of every design and usage, will be Mark Goodger Antiques. Well-known clock specialist and Antiques Roadshow expert Richard Price joins the fair, showing a range of pieces most notably fine French Louis XVI and Empire examples.
Also with timepieces will be Timewise Vintage Watches who specialise in vintage watches from high-end manufacturers, including Rolex, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin. Timewise also stock military timepieces from the German and British Armed Forces.