Louis XV commode

Louis XV commode with c.1975 decoration by Anthony Redmile sold by Foster & Gane at the Battersea Decorative fair. It was offered for £25,000.

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Ticketed at £25,000 on the stand of Foster & Gane, the piece featured a breche violette marble top and was adorned with red scallops and crystals along with other shells. It went to a UK decorator.

The fair ran from January 24-29 at Battersea Evolution hosting around 120 exhibitors.

Among those standing was Gallery KIY which sold a pair of 1930s armchairs by the Finnish designer Märta Blomstedt offered for £20,000, and Timothy Langston who parted with a 20-piece group of 18th and 19th century faience and delft tobacco jars to a new buyer. The assortment was ticketed at £25,000.

Buyers were a mixture of trade and private customers with many travelling from overseas.

Some exhibitors experienced record-breaking opening days, such as Nick Jones.

He reported selling all his larger furniture pieces early on including a pair of Italian c.1770 canapés or sofas ticketed at £13,500 and a four-door oak bookcase offered for £8000.

Owl sculpture

The Home Bothy sold this copper and brass owl sculpture or bird scarer to a private buyer at the Battersea Decorative fair. It was ticketed at £6800.

Other highlights from the early hours included at 20th century copper and brass owl, pitched at £6800, which went to a private client from The Home Bothy.

Philip Thomas parted with a pair of modernist Italian armchairs in wrought iron, c.1950, which were offered at £2600.

Italian armchairs

Offered for £2600 at the Battersea Decorative fair, this pair of modernist Italian armchairs in wrought iron, c.1950, were sold by Philip Thomas.

Fellow exhibitor Christopher Butterworth from London’s Pimlico Road dubbed it: “Probably the best day I have had at a fair, ever.”