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Gentleman’s Club Room, or Man-Cave!

Mantiques is a fashionable new term for items one might associate with a classic, chap’s bolt-hole: billiards anyone? Joking aside, there is great demand these days for beautifully-made and unusual furniture and objects that might kit-out a study in trad club room style, or a modern man-cave.

For the classic look: a comfortable leather button-back Chesterfield, library table, reading chair and bookcase, sporting and gaming memorabilia, a leather-topped antique partners desk, fine crystal decanters or a tantalus, antique chess sets and tric-trac tables for backgammon, antique leather hatboxes for unusual storage, paintings of the countryside and relating to outdoor pursuits such as race horses or mountains.

Late C19th English Armchair, original Leather & The Literary Machine, for Book & Drink, Patented 1880

Late C19th English Armchair with original Leather & The Literary Machine, for Book & Drink, Patented 1880.

For the modern man-cave: vintage tabletop football, military binoculars on tripod, bar cart (or drinks trolley!) stocked with cocktail paraphernalia, vintage posters of rock legends or famous ski runs, mid-century Mad Men-style furniture, vintage luggage or trunks as side tables, abstract contemporary canvases, fossils and taxidermy, vintage games sets and tin robots.

Luke Honey - A Dan Dare bagatelle or pinball game 1950s

A 1950’s Dan Dare bagatelle or pinball game, from exhibitor Luke Honey.

Luke Honey's stand

Luke Honey’s stand at The Decorative Fair

Exhibitors worth checking out include Hatchwell for tabletop football and telescopes, Luke Honey for antique and vintage games including chess sets and backgammon, Jeroen Markies for military binoculars, Antikbar for posters, Brian Watson for collectors’ quality decanters and glasses, Richard Hoppé for C20th glass, Andrew Collier Antiques and Paul King-No Shrinking Violet for vintage and antique barware.

Luke Honey - A Dan Dare bagatelle or pinball game 1950s