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Salvo Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>To close out a recent week-long VIP Antiques Diva UK tour with Olga Granda-Scott, co-founder of The HighBoy, we hopped in the car and headed from London to Henley for Salvo Fair for opening trade day. Antiques Diva UK Agent Gail McLeod met us at Fawley Hill, Henley on Thames, the estate of Sir William and Lady McAlpine which was the venue for this year’s fair. Salvo is the largest architectural salvage fair in the UK.

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The Antiques Diva cooling off at the Salvo Fair!

Dealers at Salvo offer a wide variety of architectural salvage, ranging from very affordable tiles and hardware to reclaimed building materials such as a huge bridge which held court at the center of the fair. As we perused the grounds, we spotted a nice mix of garden antiques including sculpture, fountains, and repurposed items which are in high demand right now. There were also plenty of retro signs, decorative antiques, and vintage pieces. I especially liked the variety of industrial items which could be used in new construction. A pleasant surprise was the affordable prices at Salvo. Our Creative Consultant Andrew Skipper even picked up a fun antique door knocker shaped like a fox for less than half the price he would pay in the USA.

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Aside from the inventory, the set up of the fair was everything you would imagine when you picture a country antiques fair in England. Old fashioned tents with bunting (strings of colorful flags) strewn from side to side set the stage for a picturesque day. There was even a charming tea tent where we attended a private party with the local Lord and Lady and the “county set” after the fair closed. Complete with champagne, roast lamb, quail eggs, smoked salmon, and scones, the evening was a quintessential English one—and the ideal way to complete a Diva tour of some of the UK’s top antiques fairs.

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If you would like information on our UK Antiques Diva tours, please email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com. We’d love to help you find the antiques you’re looking for while also giving you a truly unique experience of culture, travel, and the Diva lifestyle!

The Antiques Diva®   

Diva Does Masterpiece Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>While taking Olga Granda-Scott of The HighBoy on a whirlwind Antiques Diva UK experience to introduce her to a few of our favorite fairs and dealers, we attended opening day of the renowned English antiques fair Masterpiece in London. Offering museum quality pieces, this fair is one of the best in Europe, comparing often as a smaller TEFAF.

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Before heading to the fair we checked out Antiques News & Fairs to find out what the must-see booths were. Discovering that the Empress Eugenie’s pearl earrings would be on display, we headed straight to Siegelson’s booth upon arrival at the fair.  This pair of natural grey pearl earrings appear on Empress Eugenie’s ears in a portrait of her which hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York so being able to see them first hand was quite a treat! The only disappointment? They wouldn’t let me try them on! And darling… I would have worn them well! 🙂

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After meandering the antique filled aisles and stopping by the bar for a glass of champagne to sip while we shopped, we spotted one of our favorite pieces at the fair. It was a George Hepplewhite gentleman’s social table from Apter-Fredericks LTD. This rare table, one of only two known to exist, was made for social drinking. Drinking in the 18th century was prevalent at all levels of society and was so socially acceptable that by the end of the century specialized furniture was being made especially for drinking. With space for multiple champagne bottles and glasses, it’s perfect for a Diva!

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Speaking of tables, we also came upon a stunning center table with a specimen marble top from tomassobrothers.co.uk/Tomasso-Brothers-Tomasso-Brothers-DesktopDefault.aspx?tabid=1″ target=”_blank”>Tomasso Brothers Fine Art. The overall booth was stunning and really drew us in, but this special table – complete with its original documents – is a stand out piece.

Masterpiece Fair, Olga Granda-Scott, The HighBoy, Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, English Antiques, TEFAF, Antiques News & Fairs, Siegelson, Apter-Fredericks LTD, George Hepplewhite gentleman’s social table, Robert Young, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Salvo Fair, Art & Antiques Fairs of Europe

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It was also fantastic to have a quick chat with Robert Young in his booth. Robert is one of the founders of Masterpiece – and is a leading folk art dealer in the UK.  What I loved about his booth – and inventory in general – is that it was entirely different from anyone else’s at the fair. Surrounded by dealers offering polished furniture and glitzy jewels, Robert’s inventory celebrated the unpretentious creations of artisans, adding a creative depth to the overall feel of the fair.   Because the fair is not segregated, it makes for an exciting experience to shop the fair – Russian jewels are in stalls next to English Folk Art opposite a stall filled with Neo-Classical busts.  Each turn of the neck gives an experience to another land, another time.

Masterpiece Fair, Olga Granda-Scott, The HighBoy, Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva, English Antiques, TEFAF, Antiques News & Fairs, Siegelson, Apter-Fredericks LTD, George Hepplewhite gentleman’s social table, Robert Young, Tomasso Brothers Fine Art, Salvo Fair, Art & Antiques Fairs of Europe

All in all, the fair was a glamorous experience with museum quality pieces at every corner—net, net, Masterpiece is Diva-Worthy and if it’s not already on your social calendar consider it a Must Go on the London Antiques Scene!  My only regret (beyond not getting to try on those darn pearls from Eugenie) was that I wish we could have stayed longer, but a Diva’s work is never done. We had to jet off to the hotel to get some sleep as the following day we traveled to the country to attend Salvo Fair, but more on that later! Stay tuned to the blog to hear about the rest of our week-long journey through antiques fairs of the UK!

The Antiques Diva®   

Salvo Fair

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Whenever clients reach out to us for information on taking an Antiques Diva Buying Tour, one of the first questions we ask them is for which type of pieces they will be looking. Architectural salvage has been high on client’s lists for the last few years and the desire for these types of pieces hasn’t slowed down in 2015. While we have wonderful sources for architectural salvage, the largest architectural salvage fair in the world is coming up in June which will bring together dealers from the UK, Europe, and beyond. The Salvo Fair will be held on 27-28 June with Trade Day on Friday 26 June, at Fawley Hill, Fawley Green, Henley-on-Thames RG9 6JA, Oxfordshire and will be open 11am – 5pm.

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This is the fourteenth year for this fair which is legendary in the trade, often bringing in some of the best interior designers, architects, builders, developers and dealers to shop. Even celebrities and billionaires are known to peruse the fair for just the right pieces of antique garden art or reclaimed building materials. Anything from antique flooring and bricks to vintage lighting, antique fireplaces, and decorative antiques can be found at Salvo Fair.

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This year it will be held at Fawley Hill, Sir William McAlpine’s extraordinary private estate near Henley-on-Thames. And it’s the weekend before Henley Regatta and Wimbledon and just after the Royal Ascot races. It’s at the centre of the English Social calendar! Ruby Hazael, co-organizer of Salvo Fair says, “Sir William McAlpine has built an extraordinary home on the outskirts of Henley with a full size steam railway, a railway museum and 400 rescued animals. We are honoured to be able to hold the Salvo Fair at Fawley Hill, and very excited that our visitors will not only be able to browse and buy at the largest salvage fair in the country but will also be able to experience Fawley Hill’s attractions which are not normally open to the public.”

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Just a taste of what one can expect to find at Salvo Fair includes:  Fireplaces, chimneypieces, doors, windows, radiators, statuary, seats, urns, troughs, tubs, garden, sundials, birdbaths, pergola, rose arches, railway sleepers, furniture, bathrooms, baths, basins, taps, toilets, tiles, brassware, knobs, handles, knockers, hinges, balls, finials, chairs, pews, altars, lecterns, stained glass, staircases, spirals, flooring, parquet, woodblock, floorboards, bricks, pavers, flagstones, york stone coping, pediments, balustrade, timber, oak pine, marble, trusses, beams, columns, pilasters, portico, cornice, dado, skirting, roof tiles, slates, ironwork, gates, railings, lighting, lamposts, kitchens, kitchenalia, sinks, post boxes, telephone boxes, cartwheels, shopfittings, butchers block, and shingles.

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In other words, if you can’t find it at Salvo Fair, you can’t find it!

If you’d like more information on Salvo Fair, check out their website or email us at to:info@antiquesdiva.com”>info@antiquesdiva.com.

Cheers,

The Antiques Diva®

Biggest Architectural Salvage Fair in Britian

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 100px; line-height: 90px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>Want the inside scoop on a Secret Diva Source??  The annual SALVO FAIR is set to take place in the beautiful deer park at Knebworth House in the last weekend of June 2011. Seventy traders are expected who will exhibit architectural antiques and salvage, reclaimed materials, garden antiques and bygones.  For an exciting day of rummaging through endless salvagey goodies and to enjoy the craftsmanship and history of many a unique object, come along to Salvo Fair.

Enjoy the excitement of a live, on-site auction from Wellers Auctioneers who will be selling architectural antiques and Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco bathroom suites plus discontinued modern ranges whilst meeting the architectural salvage trade and making new contacts!

Bring a shopping list of items you need for your home – baths, retro kitchens and fittings, vintage finds for your garden – and don’t forget to bring measurements of those hard-to-fit spaces and an open mind for repurposing architectural pieces in new and inspired ways!

While you’re there take time to enjoy Knebworth House itself, an early Victorian gothic fantasy and the seat of Lord and Lady Cobbold whose family have lived there since 1490 shortly after fighting for Henry Tudor at the Battle of Bosworth Field.

A sampling of some of the items you will find at the Salvo Fair:

PUBLIC DAYS: Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 June 2011 11am-4pm
To The Trade: Friday 24 June.

Admission £8
Family ticket £28 – Tickets in advance (10% discount)
Tickets from www.knebworthhouse.com

To find out about more great fairs happening in and around England, make sure to visit The Antiques Diva’s top UK resource Antiques News & Fairs

Until next time,
The Antiques Diva®

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