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Our picks of the antiques available at the Sydney Fair

Our picks of the antiques available at the Sydney Fair

This weekend interior loves will flock to Sydney's Moore Park Entertainment Quarter to browse the most stunning parts of history with an exclusive range of antiques, art deco, 20th century art and vintages pieces for sale at the annual Sydney Fair

With a product price range to suit all budgets, attendees can expect affordable discoveries across Interiors, Fashion, Jewellery, Art, Lighting and Collectables. All pieces are authentic antiques - attracting investors, collectors and general public with an eye for the rarest finds on the market. There is a huge range of exhibitors offering distinctive furnishings from Antique to 20th Century to add whimsical character to home décor. The impressive range from Lauder and Howard is a ‘must see’, the collection specialising in the unusual and the rare from eighteenth to twentieth century, British & European furniture, glass, bronzes and porcelain to Virtanen-Antiques specialising in Swedish Art Deco.

“Minimalism is making way for interiors of a more opulent, layered home, mixing the modern with the vintage, the precious with the bargain and adding pattern, texture and splashes of saturated colour,” says event organiser Dianne Pickett. 

We were lucky enough to speak with two of the dealers exhibiting at the festival who each have a piece that we are in LOVE with. 

The first exhibitor is Virtanen Antiques and was established by Kent and Sharen Virtanen in 1986. Kent's Swedish and Finnish background has enabled him to access rare and beautiful pieces, specialising in Biedermeier, Art Deco, and 20th Century Furniture from Europe. They will be showing The Modernist Palisander Art Deco Side Board.  This is a very special piece which is attributed to one of Swedens best designers from the Art Deco period "Eric Chambert" Date C1935. Chamberts Pieces were produced by the finest cabinet makers in Sweden and shown at many the major world trade exhibitions.

This piece is exceptional in its execution and quality.  The cabinet maker has used the same cut of rosewood running from the front of the sideboard all the way around the sides to the back, giving a seamless continuity. It appears to be floating on a wonderful enonised curved base. The other point that makes this piece very special is that it is a Modernist Art Deco piece in the transitional period between traditional Art Deco and Mid Century Modern. Times less in design this beautiful cabinet will sit well in any setting Modern or Traditional or Eclectic. Rarely does an Eric Chambert piece become available in Australia.

We asked Kent and Sharon how they'd integrate a piece like this into Sydney's apartment living and they were kind enough to give some fantastic advice. "Apartment living can throw up some challenges with space. You don't have to start all over again. The key is to choose a couple of pieces that are well proportioned but can still offer storage and functionality. This is where Swedish Art Deco pieces come into their own. They are neatly proportioned and very cleverly designed. Already well entrenched into apartment living in the 1930's and 40's Sweden had a design ethos unlike any other country, which is why their pieces from this era are so highly sought after in today's big Cities. Indeed this period was known as "Funkis" which means Functional." they said. 


The second piece we adore is from exhibitor, WallRocks who offer French antique furniture and is based in Brisbane. Wallrocks specialise in high quality 19th century french antique furniture imported from all over Europe. 

They have a very rare 20 seater 19th century French oak parquetry dining table, over four metres in length. Most 19th century French extension tables were made with ordinary pine leaves. This table has four original solid oak parquetry leaves and has a huge seating capacity - amazing for special dinner parties and Christmas!  Jessica from the WallRocks team gave us some valuable advice for those starting out with antiques and vintage pieces. 

When asked how she would advice households blend their cheap start-out furniture and the more stylish valuable pieces she said, "Blend the new around the old, not the other way around. If it’s start out furniture keep in mind it won’t be there in 5 years time, it will be replaced so making decisions to work with something that you have no intention of retaining is not always wise because in 5 years time you’ll wonder why you did it. Louis XVI, French Empire, Louis XV and Beidermeir are all styles that blend extremely well with a lot of modern furniture and are classic, so will never date." 

So where to start? Jessica recommends two pieces that make a brilliant start to anyone wanting to collect antiques. "The dining table and the bed. Dining tables are often a focal point of the home and they’re the piece around which family life often centres. Buying one that is classic, beautiful, high quality and will suffer hard use (which antique tables will) will put you in good stead for the rest of your life. A beautiful original bed is a statement for any bedroom and the most beautiful bedrooms can be styled around a gorgeous bed that becomes the focus of a lovely room" she said. 

The Sydney Fair runs from Thursday 25 May to Sunday 28 May at the Moore Park Entertainment Quarter. Details are below. We hope to see you there! 

Location: The Royal Hall of Industry, 1 Driver Avenue Moore Park Entertainment Quarter NSW 2021

Tickets: Available at the door or online: http://www.thesydneyfair.com.au

Price: Opening Night $30.00, General Day Admission $15.00, Concession $10.00 and children under 16 years of age free.

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