Chelsea Antiques Fair Relaunched for 70-Year Celebration – and Leading Dealers return

The famous Chelsea Antiques Fair celebrates 70 years as the UK’s longest-running antiques fair when it returns to the Chelsea Old Town Hall from 21st – 26th September 2021.

Leading dealers from across the UK will be exhibiting for the first time as the fair is relaunched with new organisers 2Covet, the prestige website for connoisseurs and collectors.

Sophie Wood, Fair Organiser, explains:

‘The highly-respected dealers Charles Wallrock and Steve Sly with Director Zara Rowe have acquired the fair from Caroline Penman who, after organising some 65 Chelsea fairs, has decided it was time to hand over the baton to the next generation. Now, reinforced by the foundations of the 2Covet online marketplace, we will be relaunching the fair and adding a significant number of new dealers to the list of exhibitors. It’s very exciting to take the fair forward, but above all we promise visitors there will be a superb display of exhibits coming to the Chelsea Old Town Hall this September.’

With a strong assembly of exhibitors the fair will seek to hark back to its roots in the 1960s and 70s when Chelsea Antiques Fair on the fashionable King’s Road was a special social occasion attracting the most discerning art and antiques afficionados from across London and the south of England.

Sophie Wood, Fair Organiser

New to Chelsea Fair

Making their debut will be several leading specialist dealers. Hansord from Lincolnshire have more than 60 years’ experience in art and antiques and will be presenting a stand of fine period furniture, works of art, clocks and scientific instruments. They will be joined by Butchoff Antiques, the London dealers from Kensington Church Street and Palm Springs who specialise in the finest English, French and Italian furniture, mirrors, clocks, chandelier, paintings and objets d’art. Their many treasures include examples of the best in gilt and ormolu pieces by Europe’s foremost cabinetmakers.

Also new is Bowman Sculpture, specialising in European Romantic sculpture of the 19th century and recognised as the foremost gallery in the world for sculpture by Auguste Rodin. Robert Bowman also deals others masters of this period such as Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, and Aimé-Jules Dalou through to the Impressionist, Modern and Cubist sculpture of Edgar Degas, Pablo Picasso, Henri Laurens, Jaques Lipichitz and Ossip Zadkine.

Wick Antiques from Lymington, established by Charles Wallrock (now a co-owner of the Chelsea Fair) in the 1980s, provide English furniture with specialisms in rare and collectable globes, Japanese bronzes and maritime collector’s items.

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.

A fine and large Satsuma pottery sake ewer, painted by Ryozan Okamoto, for the Yasuda Company, Meiji Period (1868 -1912)

A fine and large Satsuma pottery sake ewer. From Philip Carrol

Returning to the Fair

Specialist dealers returning to the Chelsea Fair include Mary Cooke Antiques, showing fine English silver; Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts with fine pieces of Liberty metalwork, Archibald Knox and an extensive range of Jugendstil, Secession and Darmstadt, Wiener Werkstatte, WMF, Kayserzinn, Osiris and Art Glass; and Farnham Antique Carpets with a wide range of Persian carpets and rugs.

Regular visitors will also welcome T.Robert with jewellery and fine silver, Brown Elliott specialising in glass; Carolyn Stoddart-Scott showing porcelain and pottery; The Hunt Gallery from Sandwich showcasing the work of artist Michal Hunt; Philip Carroll, with fine and rare porcelain; and Brian Watson Antique Glass specialising in English pieces and 18th to 20th century Bohemian, German and French glass.

Supporting Partners:

The Edward Guinness Appeal

In support of Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People, a registered charity that provides services for disabled people.

Altido

Altido provides hospitality management for homes, serviced apartments, hotels and unique destinations across Europe.

Chucs

High quality restaurants in Mayfair, Westbourne Grove, Kensington, Belgravia and Chelsea. ‘Under the direction of Executive Chef Director Simon Henbery, our team specialises in sourcing and serving up the highest quality food within exquisite settings.’

Stephen Morris Shipping Ltd.

International shipping company offering specialist art & antiques services and providing on- site packing and shipping.

Listing Information

The Chelsea Antiques Fair,

Chelsea Old Town Hall, King’s Road, London SW3 5EE
Tuesday 21st – Sunday 26th September 2021. Admission £10.00 (Admits 2)

Collectors Preview

Monday 20th September. 2pm-8pm. Admission by Invitation Only.

Evening Reception

Monday 20th September 6pm-8pm (Drinks with waiter service). Admission by Invitation Only.

Daily Times of Opening

Tuesday 21st September 11am – 7pm
Wednesday 22nd September 11am – 7pm
Thursday 23rd September 11am – 7pm
Friday 24th September 11am – 7pm
Saturday 25th September 11am – 6pm
Sunday 26th September 11am – 5pm

Organised by

2Covet
Sophie Wood Fair Organiser. Tel: 07388 612438
Zara Rowe Fair Director.

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