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Do the century mash-up

Alongside botanical prints and monochrome, this year's big interiors trend is mixing different periods - and the Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair is a great place to get your vintage cool.

Osmundia and Cup Moss by Albert Durer Lucas, £5,750 from Cambridge Fine Art

I’ve just spent the last couple of hours lying on the sofa with a box of Maltesers and a huge pile of glossy interiors mags, doing some in-depth ‘research’ into this year’s key interiors trends. Alongside monochrome, natural materials, floral wallpaper, marble, and house plants, it turns out that one of the biggies this year is mixing different periods – vintage and contemporary – and creating a sort of ‘century mash-up’.

The prestigious Esher Hall Antiques and Fine Art Fair coming up soon from Fri 6 to Sun October,  will be packed with stuff to inspire – and to buy – to sit alongside your IKEA.

The fair, which takes place in the Esher Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse, is in its 10th year and attracts dealers from all over England as well as some from just up the road. It brings together decorative antiques – furniture, lighting, textiles, sculpture, oriental ceramics, jewellery, clocks, paintings, illustrations, photographs and Tunbridge ware – with a traditional as well as a chic metropolitan style.

Waterloo Bridge by Francis Edgar Dodd RA (British, 1874-1949) oil on canvas 26″ x 40″ £2,500 from Cambridge Fine Art


With the century mash up, you could display this stunning oil on canvas  painted by Francis Edgar Dodd alongside your industrial Ikea black leather chair. Tres chic.

If something a little more abstract is your thing, embrace the trend for indoor potted plants without any need for a green finger. This Fallen Tree, No 8 print by Neil Shirreff will certainly get your friends talking.

Fallen Tree, No.8 by Neil Shirreff, 2009 C-type print (76.2cm x101.6cm), £3,360 from MMX Gallery

With the spotlight on unusual and unique lighting in 2017, how about this pair of of brass mounted opaque glass bowl lights which will add a touch of retro glamour to proceedings.

A pair of brass mounted opaque glass bowl lights, c. 1900, £3,200 the pair from Fileman Antiques.


Monocrome is huge this year, and this unique silver gelatin luminogram print by award-winning experimental English photographer Michael Jackson will bring your living room bang up to date. Jackson is a highly regarded practitioner in the art of luminography and his work is being exhibited both in the UK and internationally, so snaffle up one of his pieces while you still can.

#480 Flowers, £2,400 from MMX Gallery

There’s lots of oriental too – both ceramics and textiles – full of meaning and symbolism, often telling a story. The Chinese Kangxi famille-verte porcelain is innovative, sophisticated, and with a character all of its own.

Kangxi Famille Verte 36cm plate,  £8,500 from Catherine Hunt Oriental Antiques

This vintage sterling sliver jewellery by Danish designer Georg Jensen ticks all the boxes: Artisan – check. Scandi – check. Cool and funky – check, and check. I have my beady eyes on those cuff bracelets. (Are you listening Mr Muddy?)


A selection of Georg Jensen vintage sterling silver bracelets and ring by Bent Knudsen for Georg Jensen, £1,600 to £3,000 from Gråsilver

BBC Antiques Roadshow clock expert Richard Price will be on hand with a decorative horological selection, including a French empire bronze and a Siena marble clock.

If you’re interested in collecting, this a brilliant boutique fair that brings a wonderful selection of fine antiques as well as contemporary and 20th paintings, and 19th and 20th century European impressionists and works of art. Each year it attracts interior designers, international collectors and those looking for something unique.

The Esher Hall Antiques & Fine Art Fair opens from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 October 2017 in the Esher Hall at Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey KT10 9AJ.

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