Penman Fairs: Chelsea Antiques Fair



2015: March 18 - 22
           September 17 - 20
  (a day shorter than March)

Open Wednesday  2-8pm, March only
Open Thursday 11am - 8pm
  Friday 
Saturday
Sunday
11am - 7pm
11am - 6pm
11am - 5pm

Admission £6              Last admission 30 minutes before closing

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.

In July 2014, she was joined by 2 new Directors of Penman Fairs, Barbara Bell and Ben Cooper, bringing down the average age considerably!

The September Chelsea Fair was hot!

There was a heatwave for the first two days at Chelsea this September, not helpin business, but around 1500 intrepid visitors over those two days managed to enjoy visiting. Over the weekend, however, cooler temperatures helped, and eventually most of the 38 exhibitors were well satisfied, though ceramics seemed the quietest discipline. 

The fair had 5 glass dealers, all of whom were very happy with business, and most of our 5 new exhibitors were also very happy, so we expect there to be few changes for our next fair, March 18-22. Bookings will begin shortly.

March 2015
Already plans are under way and exhibitors booking up. The September '14 exhibitor list and plan are showing on the site till the New Year.