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THEN 18 years ago, January 1999

Decorative pioneers and a winning design

AFTER 14 years, the thrice-yearly Decorative Antiques and Textiles Fair seems to go from strength to strength both in business achieved and the public’s affection, ranking it right up there with our very top international fairs.

Its strength, as was envisaged by organisers Ralph and Patricia Harvey all those years ago, was in carving out a market different to all the other quality fairs and it has built up its own clientele.

NOW A further 18 years down the line from this 1999 Dealers’ Diary preview, the ‘Battersea Decorative’ is still going strong and pulling in the visitors. The next winter edition will be staged in the same Battersea Park venue from January 24-29.

THEN 10 years ago, January 2007

Cohens quit shop to promote export trade at home

AFTER 40 years, prominent Chinese Export porelain dealers Cohen & Cohen have given up their shop at 101B Kensington Church Street, London W8 as increasingly, the vast majority of their sales come from abroad, mainly America.

From the beginning of this year Michael and Ewa Cohen will deal from their home near Reigate, Surrey, and keep a stock at a nearby converted dairy.

NOW As this 2007 article went on to say, the Cohens conduct much of their business at major international fairs such as Maastricht and Palm Beach. And this is still the case, with Cohen & Cohen among the exhibitors showing this month at New York’s Winter Antiques Show before heading down to Palm Beach in February.