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When decoration becomes a collection…

Anyone who loves beautiful design will appreciate the wide variety of smaller and in most cases very affordable decorative items available from many dealers at the Fair.  Cushions created from antique textiles, vintage monogrammed French linens; glassware such as goblets, decanters, vases and sculptural works from the C18th to mid-C20th; treen bowls and decorated boxes, carved wood fragments and panels; ceramics of all periods including creamware jugs for the kitchen and entire porcelain services for the dining table, to elegant art deco vases and studio pots; metalware from cast iron Victorian door-stops to Regency brass candlesticks; silver cutlery or dressing table items…

Mix vintage paperweights & antique glass dumps to make a colour- and light-scape

Mix of vintage paperweights & antique glass dumps to make a colour and light-scape

Grouped by theme antique Chinese ceramics in plain glazes sit will together

Grouped by theme, antique Chinese ceramics in plain glazes sit will together

Group by style-1950s & 60s British ceramics

Grouped by style, 1950s & 60s British ceramics

This myriad of decorative objects, when purchased for display and decoration of a home, become by rights a collection – a collection that might span diverse periods and styles but when selected by one buyer to whom they appeal, suddenly exist as a unified group.

For an affordable treat, you could search out a variety of antique and vintage wine glasses and goblets at prices from as little as £25.  Mid-century modern Scandinavian ceramics and glass can be found priced from around £50.  A group of Victorian green glass ‘dumps’, stippled with flecks and bubbles of air, mixed with patterned paperweights, priced perhaps from under £30 to around £100, make a beautiful, light-catching display.  Mirror-backed or mercury-lined glass is not too expensive, and the wonderful shapes (and sometimes various colours) of these Continental bottles and candlesticks add sparkle to a mantelpiece or coffee table.  Vintage soda syphons come in various colours, shapes and sizes, some with patterned wire covers.  Antique glass finials, or even carved wood ones, would group nicely.

Group objects by colour, or colour tones; in shapes; or even by theme.

Star-burst mirrors form a stunning group display on the wall

Star-burst mirrors form a stunning group display on the wall

Antique brass candlesticks are affordable and look great in a large group

Antique brass candlesticks are affordable and look great in a large group

Mix vintage paperweights & antique glass dumps to make a colour- and light-scape