2018 Antiques Trade Predictions & The Winter Decorative Antiques Fair

2018 Antiques Trade Predictions & The Winter Decorative Antiques Fair

2018 Antiques Trade Predictions & The Winter Decorative Antiques Fair

antiques trade business

A new year for antiques trade business to look forward, with Brexit, ivory consultation here are the prediction for 2018 at antiques trade;

  • Cross-selling, after decades of splitting markets into a series of defined niche categories cross selling is now a shift in tactics.
  • Guarantees, in return for giving the vendor the security of a minimum price the guarantor will likely have received a percentage of the hammer price due on the excess.
  • Some auctioneers are quicker to put bid on the phone call than others.
  • Consultation is period off in ivory trade, future of the ivory trade will be clarified. Most tragically the current elephant populations are unlikely to benefit from these restrictions. CITES should be about proper regulation, fairly and evenly administered.
  • Online-only auctions are becoming popular but there should be trust so people choose brands.
  • Instagram has become an effective way to attract customers.
  • Chinese WeChat social media application is already a key retail platform, is a now a place to buy and sell art and antiques.
  • An area to do well in antiques is studio glass in 2018.  The prices for leading artists of the studio glass movement in Britain, such as Samuel Herman and the late Michael Harris are already creeping up.
  • There is a new technology prediction ATG is called ‘augmented commerce’ which enables customers to place objects in their home setting with a smartphone camera before they buy. It may hit the art and antiques market in the next 12 months.
  • There is a pressure to the auction house premiums about credit card surcharges to pass them on buyers which is lowest like 15%.
  • Fairs will remain the lifeblood of their business in 2018.
  • Protecting customers information is another important issue for antiques market, on 25 May there is going to be new data regulation GDPR.


Last week there was Winter The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea Park between 23-28 January 2018. This fair is for antiques and 20th century design for interior decoration. It is held three times a year in Battersea Park, London.

This year there will be two more fairs at Battersea Park;

SPRING, 17-22 April 2018

AUTUMN, 2-7 October 2018

   Winter The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair at Battersea Park

There was 150 exhibitors have gathered an array of design and art, The Winter Fair plays host once again to the London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair (LARTA).

Here are the couple of things I was really keen on,

Below you can see pair of Italian wall light circa 1930s, price is £ 2200.

Christopher Butterworth based in London


Italian Chandelier

This time I really enjoyed the lights and also this Italian Chandelier looks perfect, circa 1800, price was £ 5200.

Antiqbr, www.antiqbr.co.uk

 Italian Chandelier

I also found these wall lights very interesting , 6 pairs circa 1960s, rewired and stones are colourful, copper and quartz. Origin is not known. Price was £ 2200.


wall lights

Also I liked this brass flower shaped lamp, circa 1970s, price was  £ 2950.


brass flower shaped lamp


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