Penman Fairs: Chelsea Antiques Fair

2014: September 18 - 21  (a day later than prev advertised)

Closed Wednesday  
 Open Thursday 11am - 8pm
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 opens on Thursday
The Fair will be officially opened by the Mayor of Kensington & Chelsea, Councillor Maighread Condon-Simmonds 12 noon.

The fair will be packed with exciting pieces including:

Furniture, from Queen Anne to Art Deco!

Glass from antiquity to mid century modern 

Decorative Arts from the early 20th century

Porcelain & Pottery from Meissen to Staffordshire

Paintings including oils & watercolours, posters and book illustrations.

All put together with style, flair and enthusiasm.

Open   Thurs day11-8,    Friday 11-7,
          Saturday 11-6,     Sunday 11-5.

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. There will be items on almost every stand which, when sold, will raise a good "commission" for the Trust Fund. The charity stand itself will be furnished by the exhibitors and will be selling cup cakes!