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Battersea Decorative Fair Autumn 2014

Dear Diva Readers,

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It seems like my travel schedule has been insane lately! Between taking private and trade clients on tours, international speaking engagements and press trips, it’s been a whirlwind! But one of the perks of my job is being able to attend some of the best antiques fairs in the world. This week I had the privilege of taking a journalist from America on an Antiques Diva & Co tour of London which was perfect because it was in conjunction with The Decorative Fair at Battersea Park!

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The Fair opened on September 30 and we were privileged to get a handful of Press passes which allowed us to enter the fair before the public. Being able to meet with dealers and see the inventory before it flies out the door is always a thrill. And being one of the top antique fairs, there are trays of champagne being passed, which fits perfectly with the Antiques Diva experience! As people line up outside to enter the fair, they are also served glasses of champagne… now that’s the kind of line I wouldn’t mind  waiting in!

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Of course there is so much to see at this fair— styles range from French and English antique furniture to tabletop to mid century modern. And what I love about the Battersea Decorative Fair is that not only is there something for everyone’s taste, there is also a range of price points. If you want serious antiques, you can find them. But you also can find very decorative pieces that won’t cost you a fortune and may even fit in your suitcase!

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However, there are definitely serious shoppers at this renowned fair. Famous actors,  international socialites and philanthropists all frequent Battersea. In fact, just a few days after we were there, Oprah Winfrey dropped by to peruse the stalls. Nothing like bumping elbows with celebrities while sipping champagne and shopping for antiques!!!

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All in all I’d say that this is certainly a “do not miss” event. More than just shopping, The Decorative Fair at Battersea Park is an experience. And my team at The Antiques Diva & Co feels so privileged to count several dealers at the 2014 fair as friends and favorite sources that our clients consistently have access to. Sometimes it’s surreal to think that we have the same sources as celebrities and royalty…but the truth is, we do!

If you’d like information on taking an Antiques Diva & Co Buying Tour in any of our 8 tour countries, email us at info@antiquesdiva.com.

Happy Shopping,

The Antiques Diva®

Olympia Fair in London

Dear Diva Readers,

Come one come all.  The Summer Season is Set to Start! It’s time to go to London for the 42nd annual Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair!

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Thursday, June 5 through Sunday, June 15 art and antiques lovers from around the world will flock to London’s Olympia Exhibition Center to peruse the offerings of 180 top quality antiques dealers.

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Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

First time buyers will rub shoulders with seasoned collectors and connoisseurs.  While this fair is considered one of the most prestigious fixtures in London’s summer season, it also has strong international ties, particularly with America. A social as well as cultural experience, Olympia attracts a strong US VIP following, with guests in recent years including Oprah WinfreyDustin Hoffmann and Kanye West. Design legend Mario Buatta, otherwise known as the “Prince of Chintz”, will be jetting over the pond to promote his book “Mario Buatta: Fifty Years of American Interior Decoration”.

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Gillows of lancaster drum table. c1860, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

One of the things I most enjoy about attending fairs is the opportunity to not only see the best inventory in one location, to meet vendors and make vendor relationships but also to have the opportunity to be educated through the lecture series.  Meeting Mario Buatta would be a dream come true for me.  Okay… want to hear a Diva Confession? You know a Diva Never Kisses and Tells and that our client list is absolutely confidential.  Well… while MB has never taken a Diva Tour he has bought some Swedish Antiques through one of our clients whom we help stock their stall at an antiques fair in Nashville!

George III mahogany 6ft wide four poster bed, Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair, London, Sourcing antiques in England, Antiques Diva,

In addition to meeting Mario I’m particularly interested in hearing about Aimée van Kranendonk Duffels’ talk on Post-War American Jewellry.  Red, white and blue definitely is the theme this year at Olympia with American art and antiques being tributed again in a talk entited  American Impressionism – A New Vision.

Enjoy the Fair!
The Antiques Diva®

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