Nautical air for Autumn 2017 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

Art and auctions, Exhibitions, Paintings and Sculpture — By on August 30, 2017 at 9:20 PM

SS Otranto and Prinses Juliana

Nautical air for Autumn 2017 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair

By James Brewer

London’s largest event for antiques and period design, the Autumn 2017 Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair, is about to sail in with a nautical tack.

For its foyer presentation, which sets a trend for each event with a themed selling display of furniture, art and accessories drawn from exhibitors, the October3-8 fair at Battersea Park has announced what it calls The Admiral’s Eyrie.

Baltic Traders

This will be styled as “a gentleman’s study-come-sitting room with a twist of sea-farer’s folly.”  Formal antique furniture will be enhanced by modern lighting, and given a distinct design focus by being decorated with marine instruments, pictures and works of art.

Among the nautical elements will be a set of World War II Zeiss naval binoculars, a large lamp from the Mumbles lighthouse in Swansea, a mid-1960s model of a Chris-Craft/Riva type motorboat, and a selection of sea charts and world maps.

On display courtesy of West Sussex-based dealer Wakelin & Linfield will be a mid-20th century pair of oils on canvas by the English artist JW Willey. They depict SS Otranto and the Princes Juliana. The Otranto was built in 1925 by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow for Orient Steam Navigation. The 20, 051 gt passengership made several voyages to the Middle East and India, and in 1942 was converted for landings in North Africa, Sicily and Salerno. In peacetime, she made many trips to Australia carrying immigrants, before being scrapped in 1957.

Topsail schooner model

The Prinses Juliana was built for Nederland Line at Amsterdam in 1910 for service on the Dutch East Indies (Indonesia) route. She had a single funnel until a dummy funnel was added later, to make her a more attractive sight. She was for a short time a troop ship under P&O flag until 1919. In 1930. she was renamed SS Costa Rica and sailed via Panama on Asian routes. She again became a troop ship in World War II and was based in Liverpool, until sunk off Crete by a German air attack. The 2,800 soldiers and crew on board were fortunate to be rescued by British naval ships.

Also from Wakelin & Linfield is a watercolour and gouache study of a clipper in profile – possibly the 1,271 gt Selkirkshire built in 1878, of Glasgow. The picture is monogrammed GGH and dated 1887.  The 16 knots ship carried emigrants to Australia. The same exhibitor shows Les Trois Garçons, a boat wall light in the form of a ship. This metal item dates from around 1970.

Metal wall lights in form of ship

Hatchwell Antiques presents Baltic Traders, a Danish marine oil painting by Frederick Ernlund (1879-1957) of two tall sailing ships. The painting was executed around 1920. The company’s other offerings include a high quality Victorian model of a gaff topsail schooner with mahogany planked hull, lead weighted keel, and planked cedar deck, the two masts fully rigged in sail cloth. This is from around 1890.

Lascelles Antiques will present an English ship’s clock from around 1930. A Victorian half block model of a ship from 1880 will be among articles on display at the Drennan & Sturrock stand.

The Autumn Decorative Fair, a highlight for interior decorators, this time will have to capacity more than 160 exhibitors.  New this autumn is early opening by the brasserie Megan’s Kitchen, allowing visitors the opportunity to come an hour before the Fair (from 11am Tuesday 3rd, and from 10am Wednesday to Sunday) for brunch or coffee before shopping.

The Scottish clipper Selkirkshire?

New exhibitors include McWhirter Antiques (Langton Street, London SW10), established for over 25 years, dealers in furniture and works of art from the 18th  century to the present day; Bleu Anglais (London, by appointment), with Chinese and Indigo folk textiles; and on the mezzanine, Inglis Hall Antiques (Heathfield, East Sussex) with cabinet curiosities, unusual objets d’art, art and more.

The organisers welcome back several dealers who have recently joined the Fair, including Nigel Bartlett, specialist in architectural antiques and mantelpieces; Sjostrom Antik of Sweden with Scandi and Italian 20th century design; Galeria Miquel Alzueta of Barcelona and Girona with a mix of 18th century Catalan furniture and modernist designers such as Perrian and Prouvé, plus contemporary Spanish art; and Malby Maps, noted for fine antique and decorative maps and globes.

There will be a strong showing of art, with leading galleries such as Anthony Hepworth, Jenna Burlingham Fine Art, Black Ink Masterprints, Julian Simon Fine Art, Darnley Fine Art and the Parker Gallery in attendance.  Visitors can expect to find dealers in traditional country house antiques, fine furniture, 20th century design, decorative and vernacular antiques.



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