International Fair with Flare

A THIRD of the stall holders at the Lincoln Antique & Home Show are international traders, who travel mainly from Europe to show and sell their curios at the two day event. Last October's fair boasted record attendance figures, with over 4000 buyers from 24 countries, passing through the gates. We explored the best on offer sourced from outside the United Kingdom and the dealers’ motivation behind selling at Lincoln.

French Decorative Antiques

Oliver Gisclard is one such dealer, who made the journey from his native France to the Lincolnshire Showground. Oliver lives in Sezanne, east of Paris and is known as 'Le Grillon Voyageur’ - the grasshopper traveler, who just like the leggy stick insect hops from country houses to fairs in search of stylish antique furniture and homewares to inspire. The collection on offer at Lincoln was from a recent clearance at an extraordinary house in Champagne, once owned by a noble family and included portraits of the family from the late 1880s through to WWII, antiquarian books, authentic grain sacs and a beautiful 19th Century wooden kindling cupboard.

But it was the variety original Napoleon III chairs, distinctive by their turned wood legs with scroll arms and backs, that were the real delight of the stand. Oliver spent between six and eight hours removing the original worn upholstery (fabric and wiring) so each piece was presented in bare form ready for bespoke recovering. Updated, the chairs are very fashionable and can sell from anywhere between £200 and £2000 each. When asked what he loved most about the Lincoln Antique & Home Show, Oliver confessed that, “the sales environment is one of the best in Europe”. The purchase of six of the chairs by midday Monday to a pair of interior decorators, a testament to this! The chairs will be reupholstered vintage fabrics and will find new life in a stately home in provincial England. Tel: +33 3268 11085

High Quality Art Deco

‘Deco Days Gone By’ is a large stall run by Michael Genger. Originally from New York and now living in Prague, Michael has been collecting and dealing in art deco Object’s d’Art for 24 years. He travels to fairs with companion Enzo the pup, in Milan and Berlin and doesn’t miss the Antique & Home Show to exhibit his ever changing stock of 20th Century ceramics and glass.

Michael explained that French perfume bottles have proved to be a popular trend of late, mostly as the collectables vary in price points. Examples on the stand at Lincoln were the Le Narcisse Noir bottle for Caron from 1911 and Stellamare bottle for Gueldy from 1920 both designed by Julian Viard. Michael has also found that collectors today have a tendency to buy one good item of investment quality rather than several lower value pieces. As such, he carries a variety of pieces by René Lalique and elegant Goldscheider Wein female figures.

The finest piece in the Epic Centre and possibly the most outstanding item at the fair was the spectacular René Buthaud vase front and center of the stand. Buthard is considered the most accomplished and important French ceramics of the art deco period. The rare studio vase was not made for mass production, rather hand painted with female motif with masterful attention to detail, not to mention in
immaculate condition. At £9,500 it was one of the high ticket antiques that could be found at the fair. Tel: +420 7211 20345

Industrial Furniture

Marc Van Den Heuvel is a regular at Lincoln as, “It has the best access and organisation. It is really the only fair where the stallholders have a voice that’s heard, so we can contribute to how it’s run.” Van Den Heuvel Trading’s stock predominantly caters to the industrial design trend. The look is modern with clean lines and no-fuss furnishings, curves with a single accent chair or rounded light fixtures. They show a variety of metal light fixtures, especially those with a unique seemingly aged patina are very popular with decorators looking to style restaurants with high ceilings.

Many of the items are sourced in South Eastern Europe and Marc and his team mostly sell to English, Japanese and Korean buyers who are at the moment looking for earthy and tactile objects made from two or more elements such as good quality wood with metal. Those who have good taste and attraction to form would love the metal school lockers turned designer wardrobe which were on sale at Lincoln. Each locker takes 15-20 hours to strip and blasted with a chemical
that can only be found in the Ukraine in order to achieve the aged-looking metal appearance. For something that would cost far too much to treat let alone find in England, one could be yours for an reasonable sum of £350. Tel: +31416530416

Salvaged and Recycled Materials

Salvaged and recycled materials can always be found amongst the grounds of the Lincoln Antiques & Home Show that is, after all the true ‘upcycler’ way to do things. Dirk Dijkstra runs ‘De Zonneroos’ has a base in England and in the Netherlands and is a loyal supporter of Arthur Swallow fairs attending almost every event for the last 15 years. Amongst the weird and wonderful items on his stand were a 1920s traders cart from Amsterdam, etched and cut glass windows, stained glass doors and a set of elaborate aqua cast iron water hoppers from the side of
a grandiose house in Germany. Dirk has honed in on the recent trend to add ‘old accents’ to contemporary homes, restaurants and shop fits, and caters to this market with such weathered or upcycled objects. His advice to all stallholders would be to, “always bring a mix of objects and a good range of price points and the buyers will come.” Tel: +31402133562

If it's a truly International Fair you are looking to attend, then look no further than the Lincolnshire Antiques & Home on Monday 31st March and Tuesday 1st April!