The Summer Art & Antique Fair that has been taking place in Olympia, London since 1972 is a major art and antiques event not only in the UK, but all over the world. Known for its diverse offerings in a variety of categories, including paintings, ceramics, jewellery, furniture, textiles, contemporary art dealers, the fair brings the world’s best decorative and antique pieces to London every year in June. According to estimates, the fair typically attracts more than 30,000 antique collectors from all over the world.
Happening these days (20-27th June) at the Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre, the fair is celebrating its 46th year. This year, the fair has brought together 160 fine antique dealers from across the world from more than 30 categories to provide collectors the most extensive variety of high-quality art and antique pieces. Whether you are looking for a George I caddy top chest, a Regency giltwood convex mirror or a piece of 20th Century furniture or art, you will find it all at the Art & Antique Fair Olympia with prices between £ 100 and £ 1 million. An unrivalled collection of the 18th and 19th century antiques is available at the fair. In addition to this, jewellery lovers can also find a wonderful collection of antique jewellery from renowned sellers, like Vacheron Constantin, Cartier, Tiffany, Boucheron and many more.
Due to its wide variety of offerings, the Olympia antiques fair is considered as an event that dealers and professionals of antique industry, interior decorators, private collectors and property owners should not miss. The fair enjoys the trust of both professionals and individual buyers because every item that is exhibited at the fair is vetted by a team of independent antique experts. This means, the visitors can buy items without being concerned about the originality of the pieces.
In 2018, the Art & Antique Fair Olympia was a part of the House & Garden Festival from 20 to 24th June along with three other festivals that happened to take place in Olympia at the same time – House, Grow London and Spirit of Summer.
In addition to the displays, visitors can also attend the talks, interactive workshops and seminars by various industry experts, including Adam Bray, Edward Bulmer, Rabih Hage and Rachel Chudley. Visitors who need some advice or inspiration to set up or transform their gardens can book one-to-one sessions with Liz Rawlison or Adrew Duff, from the Inchbald School of Garden Design, at the Garden Advice Clinics. Since the Art & Antiques Fair is a part of House & Garden festival, this offer is complimentary for the visitors of the fair. Furthermore, there is an Interior Design talk series where the visitors can benefit from the knowledge and experience of the leading industry experts.
To sum up, the Art & Antique Fair Olympia provides a luxurious and unique cultural experience, which is why it is considered as a major highlight of the UK’s summer calendar.
Want to buy some art or antique pieces, but could not visit the fair?
Visit the Nicholas Wells Antiques’ website to get your hands on authentic antiques, ceramics, porcelain, furniture or many other antique pieces.