Article from FOCUS Magazine – Autumn 14 issue.
Stop anyone in the street and ask them to choose their favourite odd number between one and ten and more often than not they will say the number seven. Lucky seven is associated with the number of days in the week, the seven ages of man, Snow White running off with seven dwarves and, to bring this into context, this is the seventh consecutive year of The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair being held at Esher Hall, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ in October.
For both the exhibitors and visitors alike, this is a lucky fair and it is now very firmly rooted on Surrey’s social calendar as the most established event for quality antiques and fine art in the area. One of the many reasons for the success of this stylish boutique antiques fair numbering around 30 stands is the quota of quality dealers taking part in this fair who also exhibit at the top international fairs in London during the high season of June and July. The fair has an enviable reputation for its relaxed atmosphere showcasing the best antiques beautifully presented on every stand. It is impossible to choose one highlight of the fair because each stand has a myriad of fascinating, often historical, maybe even whimsical, items that would appear on everyone’s ‘wish lists’. In a nutshell, it is a friendly and entertaining show offering a unique and enlightening shopping experience.
Nowadays, a great number of antiques dealers have given up trading from a shop and so they invest a huge amount of time as well as money into making their stand at the fair look as attractive and inviting to the visitor as possible. Ingrid Nilson, of The Antiques Dealers Fair Limited, the organiser of this event and five other fairs around the UK annually, has brought in interior designer, Nicola Holden of Nicola Holden Designs, to be on hand throughout the weekend to help with purchases and who has a wealth of knowledge and experience in knowing what goes with what. If you would like to book a complimentary slot please contact her direct on 07703 568004, email email@example.com or visit www.nicolaholdendesigns.co.uk.
Farnham Antique Carpets are new to the fair this year. Based in Crondall, near Farnham where they have a barn showroom, they are bringing a stunning selection of antique carpets and Persian rugs to suit every kind of room, house and budget. Also new this year is Mano Vayis, dealers in antique textiles and small antiques and their choice of textiles blend very happily with all settings whether modern, vintage or period. Glass dealer Mark J West, promises a fascinating range of glass, silver from S & A Marsh alongside fine period, country and Art Deco furniture. M & D Moir’s selection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco glass is ravishing as well as 19th century and contemporary sculptures from Garret & Hurst Sculpture.
The fair is an excellent venue to look for paintings with nine picture dealers all selling different periods of art from Victorian to contemporary. Look out for a very attractive oil with a local Surrey provenance, ‘Fern Gathering on the North Downs, Surrey’ by Walter Wallor Caffyn (1845-1898) on John Robertson’s stand. Finally, the jewellery stands always provide a generous splattering of glamour to the fair and this year includes well known Mayfair jewellers, Richard Ogden Ltd of Burlington Arcade.
Ingrid Nilson and her team from the Antiques Dealers Fair Limited look forward to extending a warm welcome to the fair tickets (£5 each) can be obtained from 01797 252030, firstname.lastname@example.org or take a look at www.esherhallfair.com
The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair, 10-12 October 2014. Opening times: Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 10.30am-6pm, Sunday 10.30am-5pm