Archive | January 2013

Upcoming Event: The Winter Decorative Fair, London, 22nd-27th January

To the Hebrides 

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair is London’s most popular decorative event held three times a year at The Evolution Marquee, Battersea Park, London SW11 4NJ. AntikBar will be participating again by the hall entrance (note: due to a new layout we will be on the right hand side as you enter the main hall, opposite our old stand and the shippers) and we look forward to seeing you.

The Fair is fun, fashionable and its worldwide reputation, established over 25 years, entices international trade and retail buyers, interior designers and private customers seeking unique and unusual furnishings and quirky accessories for decorating schemes.

“The Winter Decorative Fair in Battersea Park will be putting on the glitz as the Foyer display focuses on the fabulous Hollywood style of the inter-war years. Glittering waterfall chandeliers, mirrored furniture, curvaceous sofas upholstered in luscious velvets and ‘hostess’ chairs in gleaming satin button-back upholstery will be set against a bold Art Deco backdrop of black, white and silver. Cocktail hour and all its appurtenances – classic shakers, glasses and gleaming trays – will feature as will early airline travel, with vintage luggage and posters.”

Opening hours: 12noon-8pm on Tuesday 22nd; 11am-8pm on Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th; 11am-7pm on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th; 11am-6pm on Sunday 27th. Contact us in advance if you would like a free entry ticket for two or click on the home page banner. A free shuttle bus will run between Sloane Square and Battersea Park. Full information at:

Save the Dates: As a regular exhibitor, AntikBar will also be participating at the Spring and Autumn Decorative Fairs. Visit the News & Events page for more information on upcoming fairs and events.

Featured Image: To The Hebrides, 1930s (

The London Underground: celebrating 150 years (1863-2013)

On 9th January 1863 the world’s first underground train made its first passenger journey of 3 1/2 miles from Paddington Station to Farringdon Station on the Metropolitan Railway Line in London. In 1908 London Underground commissioned its first poster advertising designs becoming one of the leading patrons in poster art.

The American-born graphic artist Edward McKnight Kauffer, for example, was one of Britain’s most notable and influential poster artists during the 20th century, producing some truly stunning posters for the London Underground and London Transport. The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden will be holding an exhibition – “Poster Art 150” – from February to October 2013, showcasing works of art by both well known and lesser known artists who all made an impact on its outstanding poster advertising campaign.

To celebrate this special anniversary, here are some of the original vintage London Underground posters listed on the AntikBar website:

March Timetables, 1930s – artist: Beath (aka John Miles Fleming)

Buckingham Palace, 1934 – artist: Edward McKnight Kauffer

Hammersmith, 1936 – artist: Pat Keely

PA0380   PA0379   PA0378
Staggered Working Hours, 1945 – artist: Pat Keely

PS0078a   PS0078b
London Olympics Underground Map, 1948 – artist: unknown

Puppets, 1964 – artist: Thomas Osbourne Robinson

Note: AntikBar will again be participating at the next Decorative Fair in Battersea Park, London. Visit the News & Events page for more information on this popular event (free entry tickets will be available on request in advance).


UPDATE – here are the latest London Underground posters recently added to the AntikBar website:

PA0508_1_m   PT0263_1_m

PA0440_1_m   PA0452_1_m


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