Autumn 2020 Fair
2. Virtual tour
In line with Government Guidelines, all visitor tickets must be pre-booked online to ensure safe attendance numbers, and comply with ‘Track & Trace’. Tickets are free of charge. Print out your ticket and bring it with you, or show it on your phone/mobile device at the door. Tickets will be scanned on arrival. Booking is live from 22 September 2020.
Unable to attend in person? Experience the Fair as if you really were! Our fully-interactive 360 degree Virtual Tour lets you walk every aisle and enter every stand, zoom in, and take a good look around. The tour goes live here at 1pm on Thursday 22 October. Browse the whole Fair, or go direct to your favourite dealers’ stands. See something you love? Contact the dealer direct by mobile phone or email with enquiries. Contact details are shown in their stand, or find them here, where you can also view images of individual items for sale. The Virtual Tour is staying on the website after the Fair closes. If you contact dealers whilst the Fair is open (22-25 October) please consider they may be busy on their stand and not able to respond to enquiries immediately. Alternatively why not try one of our new Shopping Services, available for trade and private buyers.
For antiques dealers, interior decorators and trade buyers, wherever you are in the world, the Fair has lined up independent, specialist professional trade agents who can help fulfil extensive buying requirements. Business will be conducted directly between you and the agent, and exhibitors at the Fair. The agents can work with your usual UK shippers or with the Fair’s in-house shipping and export team, Simon Hall Ltd.
Advance booking required. The agents will charge a buyers’ commission of 7.5% for their services, including shopping by list with exhibitors in the Fair, negotiating best prices on your behalf, liaising with shippers as required
How it works: Please email email@example.com to register your interest. We will send you a questionnaire about your business, to get an idea of what you are hoping to buy, or details of your design project/s. You will then be put in touch with an agent, and from that point on you will become that agent’s client, and all dealings will be between you and the agent. Our recommended professional agents include:
Gail McLeod – Gail is the owner of Antiques News & Fairs, which carries the top-ranked antiques fair calendar in the United Kingdom. She is an expert in antiques trade sourcing and buying tours and she also serves as the UK agent for The Antiques Diva & Company antiques shopping tours. A highly respected leader and representative of the antiques industry, she has been involved in publications, shows, fairs and associations for twenty-five years.
Katrin Cargill – A creative producer for the interiors market for over 20 years, Katrin has been sourcing antiques in Europe for several US interior designers and their clients, as well as carrying out her own private interior design commissions. She produces style features for interiors magazines worldwide and has written 15 books on interiors style, and designed product for Shaker and The Rug Company.
We are delighted to be working with Mark Hill, the BBC Antiques Roadshow expert, to help source desired items for serious collectors, or trade buyers with niche specialisms. With more than 20 years’ experience in the antiques industry, including stints at Sotheby’s and Bonhams, and writing over 30 books, Mark has a wide-ranging knowledge of antiques and is a particular authority on 20th century design. Mark Hill is available as your ‘eyes and mind on the ground’ to hunt down particular objects – by makers, factories, period or style – for collectors and specialist requests from trade buyers. The Decorative is one of his favourite Fairs, and he knows the majority of our exhibitors personally. It is essential to book in advance, and once booked, you will be liaising directly with Mark, via email and WhatsApp. Once he has helped you find a piece you want to buy, he will put you in direct contact with the relevant exhibitor to complete the purchase.
Cost: £65 per hour, includes specialist searches for individual collectors’ items, specific pieces by designer, maker, style or material, or pieces similar to them.
Booking is direct with Mark, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your wishes and secure an appointment as demand is expected to be high. You will be invoiced direct in advance by Mark via PayPal.
Looking specifically for art? The Fair has many expert dealers offering fine and decorative examples of paintings, prints, maps, art ceramics, sculpture, Asian art and other works of art, of all periods to the contemporary. Claudia Kennaugh, of Art & People, provides guidance for art collectors, and will be offering a specialist search service at the Fair. Whether you are a seasoned collector, are just starting out acquiring art, or simply hope to find the right piece of art to complete a room, Claudia can help. She has been a part of the Decorative Fair community for over 10 years and knows many of the exhibitors well; her family are art dealers. She can guide you to a wealth of works from all periods offered by the many specialist art dealers at the Fair, and her particular love is mid-20th century art. It is essential to book in advance, and once booked, you will be liaising directly with Claudia, via email and WhatsApp. Once she has helped you find a work of art you want to buy, she will put you in direct contact with the relevant exhibitor to complete the purchase.
Cost: £65 per hour, including a complimentary consultation – an online questionnaire and telephone call – so Claudia can best understand what sort of art you are looking to buy, and a complete search of art for sale from exhibitors at the Fair.
Booking is direct with Claudia. Please contact her for information on +44 (0)7507 427 503 or by email email@example.com
If the Virtual Tour doesn’t reveal a particular item on your wish-list, the Fair’s in-house shopping team can assist private buyers locate items for sale. This service can be booked in advance of the Fair, or anytime whilst the Fair is open, via Eventbrite. There is a cost for this service of £50 per booking, which provides up to one hour of search time. Additional hours can be booked.
Looking for furniture and larger items? Please provide ideal dimensions (no smaller than / no larger than, etc.) If we find an item you wish to purchase, you will then liaise directly with the dealer regarding the transaction; they can also arrange shipping.
This service can be booked in advance, but will start from 1pm on Thursday 22 October (opening day).
We take every care over the wellbeing of our visitors, exhibitors and all those involved in running the Fair, and will be Covid-compliant in every safety respect. Our aim is to provide an enjoyable and positive experience, so please bear in mind the following when planning your visit to the Fair:
• It may take longer than usual to be admitted to the venue; you may be required to queue outside, in compliance with social distancing
• All visitors will be temperature checked on entry, asked to sanitise hands, and are required to wear a mask when inside the venue (sanitiser and masks will be available), although you can remove them when eating/drinking in the restaurant/cafe
• E-tickets need to be scanned on arrival; you can bring your ticket as a print-out or show on your mobile device
• Bags will be checked on entry for security purposes: one handbag or one personal carrying bag will be allowed (there will be no cloakroom or provision for storage of additional luggage, so please do not bring any with you else you may not be admitted to the event)
• Please be patient when waiting to enter, and heed the advice of our security staff on arrival
• Some aisles in the Fair have been widened to allow for two-way traffic, and there will be localised sections of the Fair with a one-way system; please observe all signage on site
• All business with dealers must be conducted within dealers’ stands (not in the aisles)
• If you bring a dog, please ensure they are well-behaved, under control and kept close beside you on a lead at all times or we may require you to leave your dog tied up outside
• Management reserve the right to refuse admission
We will comply with and provide updates here on any changes to Government and Health Service advice regarding Covid-19.