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This 18th century copper engraved print of Chelsea Hospital by John Stow and John Strype, from the authors’ monumental survey of the cities of Westminster and Southwark “containing the Antiquity, Increase, present State and Government of those cities…”, costs £180 from BADA member, map specialist Angelika Friebe at the Little Chelsea fair.

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Her first Little Chelsea Decorative Arts & Antiques Fair will run midweek on Monday and Tuesday, March 2-3.

Previously organised by silver dealer Daniel Cotton, The Little Chelsea Fair ran for around eight years, ceasing at the end of 2018.

Alexander has assembled a rather impressive line-up of around 50 dealers, particularly from standholders who previously exhibited at Little Chelsea as well as traders from her monthly antiques fairs in Dorking.

Mid-century pieces will have a presence.

Fifteen dealers will specifically cover the all-important decorative arts including furniture, rugs, lighting, mirrors and textiles. A few names here are: Ann Drury with classical decorative arts and antiques, Noel Chapman of Bleu Anglais, a familiar presence at the Textile Society’s fairs, while Rachel Simpson will offer antique rugs and Chris Webb of CW Antiques focuses on tribal pieces.

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Exhibiting at the launch of the 'Little Chelsea Decorative Arts & Antiques Fair' is Rebecca Aix with a selection of Kantha throws, some pictured.

Decorative focus

Alexander said: “The fair has a great following with dealers and collectors but I have added a specific focus on the decorative element so that the relaunch generates an even wider audience than before.

“With only the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea targeting the market around this location, Little Chelsea offers dealers another opportunity to exhibit in London, at more manageable costs.”

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