Penman Fairs: Chelsea Antiques Fair Fair

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Provisional date for 2020 
20 - 24  March
However, this is not confirmed.


Chelsea's future is uncertain.
At the close of Penman Fairs Ltd in Spring 2019,
 the fair reverts to Caroline Penman, now a sole trader.
Reluctantly Caroline is offering the Fair for sale.
(It is too great a commitment for her, aged 75,
with her disabled husband to look after.)

Coming up to its 70th year,
 it is hoped that a new organiser will take up the reins,
so that it can be refreshed, with new ideas.

Caroline Penman has organised around 70 antiques fairs in Chelsea Old Town Hall, since taking over the fair in 1983.
She cannot re-invent the wheel any further!
There are 3 possible new organisers - under negotiations.

A decision will be made on the future of Chelsea
in early August '19, and the result will be posted here.

To be kept informed by email,
 please register your email address
 in the red-framed box to the left,
and check the "London only" box.

The March dates are reserved for 2020,
again co-inciding with the BADA Fair
at the nearby Duke of York's Square.

Established in 1950
, so now in its 70th year!
Chelsea has been the highlight of the social season,
alongside the Chelsea Flower Show.   
It has been the springboard for many major dealers
who have gone on to Grosvenor House, Maastricht
and more recently, Masterpiece Fairs

As the most economic of the major London Fairs,
Chelsea draws to London many provincial dealers who might otherwise not afford the costs of a London event.
Thus prices are always reasonable!

Vetting is the prime factor in the maintenance of fine quality, authenticity and condition of all exhibits,
which also have to bear fully descriptive price labels.
Exhibitors too are vetted for their knowledge,
selective stock and integrity.

The magnificent main Hall in the Old Town Hall adds grandeur,
while its size contributes to the intimate and relaxed friendly atmosphere - where buyers and sellers of stylish furnishings and embellishments can enjoy discussing the fine objects on show - many of which will be going to admiring new owners in London,
the provinces and indeed overseas.