Antique Trade Gazette, February 2016

Following the Style Guide

Decorative arts dealer starts fairs in ‘statement buildings’ to provide suitable backdrops

Joan OrterJoan Porter reports

BOB Jones is such a fan of the Art Deco and Arts & Crafts movements that he is launching a series of fairs in buildings from the periods and with these styles at their heart.
The first is on Saturday and Sunday, February 13-14 at Voewood, a Grade I-Listed Arts & Crafts mansion on the

vase

Above: at 13in (33cm) high and almost 2ft 6in (76cm) in circumference, this unrestored c.1932 Moorcroft vase in Orchid pattern  with a rare butterscotch glaze is priced at £2975 with Mark Hitching at Style 1900 – 20th Century Decorative Arts Fair.

outskirts of Holt in north Norfolk.
Bought by rare bookdealer Simon Finch in 1998 and now restored to its original beauty, the house is hired out for multi-purpose use: film shoots, parties, retreats, civil ceremonies and
partnerships, weddings, weekend breaks

and – where we come in – events such as fairs.
Dealer Jones, who owns Style 1900, a decorative arts shop in Bexhill, East Sussex, says: “I’ve been thinking about the fairs which I have stood at, right back to my first, the Greenwich Art Deco Fair in 1985. In those days the crowds were huge, Deco had really taken off and good fairs were plentiful.
“The best fair that I exhibit at now is the biannual Deco fair at Eltham Palace.
The 15th century palace with its iconic Deco extension added by Stephen and Virginia Courtauld provides a wonderful backdrop against which to sell beautiful things.
“This led me to seek out a series of

statement buildings in which to create similar opportunities. As well as Voewood I am talking to the owners of a Gothic Revival building in London, an Arts & Crafts mansion in Kent and a Modernist property in East Sussex. It’s my intention to stage a couple of two-day fairs in each location each year.”
Jones adds: “Beautiful pieces will be for sale in wonderful buildings rather than soulless town halls or agricultural outbuildings.”
Among the 20 dealers standing at Style 1900 – 20th Century Decorative Arts Fair on February 13-14 are four dedicated to furniture including the Design Gallery and Shine On. Hilary Conquy brings jewellery, and others
offer pottery, metalwork and lighting.