Justin Evershed-Martin sold this c.1946 Italian dressing table for a price in the region of £10,000 at the Battersea decorative fair.

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Completed with inlaid birch and fine floral marquetry, the table was made with stylistic references to 20th century Italian designer Paolo Buffa.

It had a concave mirrored top with a lifting central panel that opened to reveal four veneered compartments.

Other features included flanking drawers with bronze ring handles and incised and applied-gesso decoration of flowering branches, butterflies and birds.

Offered for a price in the region of £10,000, the table was brought to the fair by Justin Evershed-Martin and incorporated into the foyer display, designed for this edition of the event with a dressing room theme.

The second of the three annual decorative fairs in Battersea Park, the spring event ran from April 9-14.


On the opening day of the Battersea fair, Richard Steenberg offered this George III mahogany sofa which had a ticket price of £5500.

“We defied expectations and were very satisfied that our footfall was one of the highest ever for a spring Decorative fair,” said organiser Jane Juran.

“Dealers had been reporting a fairly quiet time in their shops so it was good they could meet plenty of new potential clients in Battersea, make sales and establish new connections.”

Other notable sales were a late 17th century limestone Madonna offered for £7900 from Maison et Jardin at French Country Living and a large Arts & Crafts weathervane that was priced £12,800 from Inglis Hall.

One English collector went for a c.1630 refectory table priced at £8500 from Peter Bunting, while Lee Wright Antiques & Interiors sold a rare 18th century Italian table offered for a price in excess of £8000.