Everyone's been talking about how miserable the London weather has overall been this spring, so when handed a gloomy, wet day, we are always looking for something to do indoors. Such was the case a few weeks ago, when we headed to the Battersea Park Decorative Fair--an indoor antique fair situated in the lovely Battersea Park just across the Thames River from our house.
We were greeted by a topiary in honor of the Queen--it is her Jubilee year, you know.
Just inside the door, my eyes were drawn to these angel wings. Such a beautiful accent piece.
I loved the booths with the rustic touch and
any outdoor garden accents.
Could have seriously bought many items at those two booths, if time and money had been more fluid!
Crowns were a popular decorating motif.
And vintage kitchen items always draw a lot of interest.
Chests, or "commodes" as the French call them were given places of prominence.
I would have liked to have had all three
of these commodes. As you can tell, I'm drawn more to French, and sometimes Swedish antiques, more than the English antiques, and this fair offered a few of those items that really were beautiful, such as this 18th century French commode with its original painted finish. £5950
Another French piece---this incredible armoire--beautiful!
And if I could have been more decisive, this table would have gone home with me. I left thinking I would come back the next day with hubby after he flew in from his overseas flight, but that was not to be, since his flight was delayed enough to miss the show completely.
Guess that was a sign that I didn't really need it, but I have to admit I think about it every now and then.
Dating from the 1860's this "bureau plat" with drop leaf sides boasted a seaweed marquetry that was exquisite, and the top when raised revealed a ladies mirror framed in gold bronze. The front drawer opened up to a writing top in its original velvet.
Have you ever left a purchase behind that you dream about and wish you had grabbed it when you could?