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This week I’ve been to the Battersea Antiques and Decorative Arts Fair in a frosty Battersea Park, looking at beautiful objects. Some were old, some less so. Much of the furniture was exquisite and I coveted many pieces, which were well outside my budget. In particular I discovered and fell in love with two paintings by a contemporary artist named Esteve, whose remarkable seascapes were so realistic that I initially mistook them for photographs. The incredible technique of the artist made the water seem so real that you could almost feel the salty spray as the waves hit the rocks. Like all the very best paintings, each time I looked at it, it offered up something new. Rather like watching the sea itself.
At the less costly end of the market there was lovely antique glass, medals and insignia, probably no more expensive that can be found at some auction rooms and flea markets. A market, or, more specifically, a car boot sale, figures in the first story in ‘The Village’ short story collection, when a casual browser finds an object on someone’s stall which he recognises. Its purchase prompts him to search for more evidence of his family’s past.
The Battersea Antiques and Decorative Arts Fair runs until 25th January and invitations for entry can be had, for free, on its web-site. I came across it through the Tate magazine and am not affiliated to it in any way. Happy browsing.