Exclusive shopping service

New shopping services are available for you to take advantage of…


1. Professional shopping agents for trade 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 trade.decorativefair@gmail.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.


2. Shopping for collectors

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 books@markhillpublishing.com 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.


3. Specialist art-finding service

Looking specifically for art? The Fair has many expert dealers offering fine and decorative paintings, prints, maps, art ceramics, sculpture, Asian art and 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 during the Digital Decorative Fair. Whether you are a seasoned collector, or a newcomer looking for your first work of art, Claudia can help. Working with her family of art dealers, she has been a part of the Decorative Fair community for over 10 years and knows many of the exhibitors well. 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. Please book your session directly with Claudia, who will set up a virtual consultation to understand what sort of art you art looking for. With your answers to guide her, she will make a refined search of art for sale at the Fair, and send you images of her recommendations via email or 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.

£65 per hour. This includes a complimentary consultation – an online questionnaire and telephone call.

Booking is direct with Claudia. Please contact her for information on +44 (0)7507 427 503 or by email claudia@artandpeople.co.