Sourcing Vintage & Antique Lighting in England

Dear Diva Readers,

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Sourcing Vintage & Antique Lighting in England-Repurposed lamps

When it comes to design trends, the industrial look is definitely on point. People all over the world are converting old factories, schools, and other vintage public buildings into chic residences. Whether you have a converted barn in the country or a loft in the city, using reclaimed materials to renovate these spaces is ideal. Many of the dealers we take clients to specialize in industrial lighting, often restoring fixtures they’ve acquired so that they’re ready to use in a new project. From semi-flush mounts to pendant lights, this style can be used in new and creative ways. In fact, it’s also become a huge trend to take repurposed items and convert them into lamps. Think old signs, posts, columns, architectural pieces…the options are endless.

Sourcing Vintage & Antique Lighting in England-Industrial Scone

Sourcing Vintage & Antique Lighting in England-Lorfords Scone

Even one of our favorite sources in the UK, Lorfords Antiques has started its own bespoke lighting range with industrial chic flavor. Playing on the strengths of their in-house lighting designer and restorer, the lovable Laurence, they are able to restore, re-wire, and test antique lighting. They even color match chains and ceiling hooks for a flawless finished product. Utilizing vintage materials as inspiration, their lighting line allows customers to have pieces custom made—that means whatever finish and whatever size you want.

Sourcing Vintage & Antique Lighting in England-Architectural Fragment Lamps

Of course, if industrial lighting isn’t your cup of tea, many of our sources carry traditional pieces as well. Chandeliers, sconces, and lanterns are all popular choices that can add a sense of history to a room. Our little black book of dealers includes those who specialize in house-clearings, which means they get first access to fixtures and lamps from great country houses of England. Often times a beautiful floor lamp or table lamp can make a space feel complete and cohesive. Some client favorites include marble, bronze, brass, and crystal lamps. Regardless of genre, our dealers carry substantial stocks of lighting in all styles.

Sourcing Vintage & Antique Lighting in England-Traditional lamps

If you would like more information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour in England or any of our other tour countries—France, Italy, Belgium, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands, or Denmark— email us at Don’t forget our Buying Services as well! If you can’t come over to Europe but still want to source European and English antiques, we’ve got you covered.


The Antiques Diva®

A Very British Affair with Alys

Dear Diva Readers,

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Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

Alys writes:

“When it’s flea market day, the sleepy quintessential villages of Merry Old England become chockablock with visitors who are making their way to scout for treasures.

Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

I recently went on a buying trip for my own website, arriving to a market which opened at 9am (You can imagine how happy I was for once that the flea market had a very manageable opening hour as most fairs in Britain start from 6am!).  I took my boyfriend along for some company, as it’s always better to shop with a friend, and together we ran around like madmen as we had to leave by 1pm. Most would say this would be plenty of time to see everything, but the truth is, that we barely scratched the surface.  A woman with over 200 pairs of deer antlers is placed next to a small French woman who only sells watering cans.  A giant stuffed black grizzly bear (price tag  £20,000) is on a stand next to a man selling baguette trolleys. The fact of the matter is that you can buy anything and everything here, for all of your houses across the globe or just your downstairs bathroom.

Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

Alys Dobbie, Antiques Diva England Tours, Buying Antiques in England, Nanadobbie,

As for me?  I managed to buy a fully functioning 1840s wall mounted roulette horse racing game, a lovely little French 1950’s sideboard and saw a hilarious knock off Bart Simpson rocking chair – which just goes to show you really can buy anything here!”

If you’d like to book your tour with Alys, who not only specialises in the big country flea markets, but also knows a thing or two about Portobello Road Market in central London, email us at”> As always, Alys can pick you up from the nearest station or airport, drive you to the fair or market and spend the day giving sound advice and introducing you to the many dealers she knows – and you, dear readers, get to shop like a dealer for a day for dear Alys is taking you not only to dealers we recommend our clients shop at but where she herself as an antiques dealer in England also shops to stock her store.  Now that’s an insider’s guide to antiquing in England!

The Antiques Diva®

Josephine Ryan at The Decorative Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

I’m positively dreadful… I really shouldn’t do it, but yet… I always do. I can’t help myself. I pick favorites.

Josephine Ryan

While shopping at The Decorative Antiques & Textile Fair (one of my favorite fairs) last spring with one of my favorite clients (nicknamed P.) I had the opportunity to sit down and chat with one of my favorite décor book authors and favorite antique vendors.  Josephine Ryan is iconic in the French interiors world – penning a slew of books on topics including The French Home, Essentially French and (un-French) Essentially Irish.  Both my client, P, and I have spent ages pouring through her books and when meeting her recently at the fair we “fan-girled out” literally moving ourselves into her stall, monopolizing her time.

Josephine Ryan

Josephine Ryan

Josephine is as lovely as in person, as she is a writer, and as her inventory is online.  Simply Swoonworthy.

Her booth at the Decorative Antiques Fair is always amongst the prettiest and her inventory practically flies off the shelf, so when shopping with Josephine buy quickly or the person standing beside you so innocently might just take the lead!

Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

Josephine Ryan and The Antiques Diva

While a visit to Josephine’s website is pure armchair antiques travel, you can meet the famous authoress and vendeusse next week at the Autumn Edition of The Decorative Antiques Fair, otherwise known as Battersea!!

When?  1-6 October 2013
Where? Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ
Why? To shop til you drop, seeing the best in decorative trends in one stop.

Save the Date to Join us at the Spring Fair 29 April-4 May, 2014 or  Autumn Fair 30 September-5 October, 2014

And just like when shopping with Josephine, don’t delay – our multi-day tours during these periods sell out quickly!!  During this period we  not only shop the fair but we criss-cross England from the south coast through the Thames River Valley and all over London!

Email”> for details.

By the way…while Josephine’s online store is sensational and her stall at Battersea is going to knock your socks off, you have to know that she also has a fabulous shop in London!  If you miss the fair dates above, you simply must pop into her shop and see her – and of course tell her The Antiques Diva & Co sent you!

Josephine Ryan Antiques
17 Langton Street
SW10 0JL

But wait…there’s more!  Not only can you visit Josephine’s shop in London, you can ALSO visit her house in Provence, France!  Ok, visit may not be the right word…  Did you know she allows visitors to RENT HER HOME in Provence?  You can live like Josephine for a week or more, staying in her charming home in France.  See her website for more details or follow her on Twitter!

Bonne Shopping!

The Antiques Diva®

Newark, Newark….

Dear Diva Readers,

Start spreading the news….

I’m leaving today,

I want to be a part of it….

Newark, Newark…..

These vagabond shoes

They are longing to stray

Right through the very heart of it

Newark, Newark…..

I want to wake up in that city

That doesn’t sleep

And find I’m king of the hill

Top of the heap

My little town blues

They are melting away

I’m gonna make a brand new start of it

In old Newark………”

I’m utterly convinced old Blue Eyes got it wrong.  He didn’t mean to say New York – he meant to say NEWARK!!!  Not New Jersey, but England Baby!!!  I just got my fair calendar in for next year’s Newark and I am dying of anticipation. 

What’s Newark, you ask?  The Newark International Antiques and Collectors Fair – the largest event of its kind in Europe – a world-wide phenomenon, a shopping experience that deserves its own song written by Frank Sinatra.  This is one event that needs to be experienced to be believed!

Held at the Newark and Nottinghamshire Showground on an enormous 84 acre site, up to 4,000 stands attract thousands of dealers and buyers from around the globe every other month. With its vast number of stands, choice of product is never an issue – there is quite possibly every item you could imagine.  From chandeliers and rugs, to sports memorabilia and paintings, not to mention the finest of antique furniture – the possibilities are endless! Antique fairs can be big and small, but only one can hold the ‘Europe’s largest’ crown – and that’s Newark.

Come one – come all, and come with The Antiques Diva® & Co to Newark.  Join us on special Newark Tours!!!

2nd and 3rd of February, 2012

12th and 13 th of April, 2012

21st and 22nd of June, 2012

23rd  and 24th  of August, 2012

4th and 5th of October, 2012

6th and 7th of December, 2012

Visit the IACF website for more information or our friends at Antiques News & Fairs to see what else is on during your travel dates!!

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Start spreading the news….. and don’t forget to email The Antiques Diva® & Co to find out details on how you can book one of our English Antique Shopping Tours!  Email”>

The Antiques Diva®