“It’s the Glasto of the antiques calendar,” says dealer Gary Wallis describing the festival vibe at his upcoming Henley Décor Fair.
The events runs from Thursday to Sunday, May 26-29, and has music on all four nights including the Friday evening trade ball.
The riverside fair in Greenlands Park is heading for a 180-exhibitor tally and particularly popular is the trade morning on Thursday from 8am to noon, with tickets bookable online.
Wallis, one of the stars of UKTV’s Restoration Workshop, has landed a sponsorship coup for the fair with high-end property agent Knight Frank.
The varied list of exhibitors includes the Motorboat Gallery which sells vintage boats and ephemera which seems like an inspired choice of venue, French Loft, which deals in French antique furnishings, and La Place Antiques offers top-rank antique garden statuary and planters.
Suffolk-based DAPPR recycles decommissioned aviation parts into contemporary furniture – such as a Rolls-Royce jet engine into coffee table.