|Chelsea Antiques Fair offers a Boutique style, of intimate elegance in the fine Old Town Hall, built in 1906 in 17th Century style. Small and relaxed, the 36 exhibitors are delighted to chat with visitors, impart their knowledge and discuss collecting in all its forms.
Standards are high, and Vetting plays a significant part in maintaining quality, authenticity and correct informative labels. Chelsea enjoys a high standards in vetting, with many outside experts drawin in to check the veracity of labels as well as the quality and authenticity of the pieces on show. Most of the exhibitors are members of BADA and / or LAPADA.
Since the demise of the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, the Chelsea Antiques Fair is now the oldest Fair in Britain, and possibly the World! Chelsea Antiques Fair was established in 1950, and from 1951 to 1984 was run by Josephine Graham Ballin, establishing its fine reputation across the globe, and especially in the United States. From September 1984 to the present, Caroline Penman has been at the helm.
As of 1st July 2014, she is joined by 2 new Directors of Penman Fairs, Barbara Bell and Ben Cooper, bringing down the average age considerably!
|THE RETURN OF THE SEPTEMBER CHELSEA FAIR
We are delighted to announce that we are bringing back the September fair this year, which pleases many exhibitors and visitors!
18-21 September 2014
This will be a 4-day fair (no Wednesday)
So we open:
Thurs 11-8, Friday 11-7, Saturday 11-6, Sunday 11-5.
The diamond-shaped standplan is retained, but as furniture is taking less space, some adjustments have been made to accommodate more middle to smaller sized stands, so that we can accommodate up to 44 exhibitors.
With the duration reduction, we are pleased to offer a reduction in stand rents too - much appreciated by our very hard-pushed exhibitors. It's not all fun and beautiful stock - expenses increase and prices of antiques don't - YET. As a result we welcome a good number of exciting new exhibitors - see the Exhibitor List.
The Standplan shows the September fair, and is up-dated weekly. However, prospective exhibitors will fine an absolutely up-to-date plan with prices in the Exhibitor Zone.
New Charity involvement: For this fair we are supporting the Children's Hospital Trust Fund, which helps children and their families in the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital - a very worthy and locally well-supported cause.