Antiques News Fairs – Patricia Harvey

News from Antiques News Fairs – We received the news of Patricia Harvey’s death last week, 25th February 2021, with great sadness. She was key in shaping the antiques industry that we know and love today and particularly influential in the area of decorative antiques, thanks to having founded and organised The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair 35 years ago. Dealer Spencer Swaffer commented on the impact the fair had at that point in the industry: “Patricia Harvey’s genius was to make antiques sexy, edgy and relevant again. Her fair gave dealers a stage on which to present their talent, and the great and the good of the interiors trade queued out of the door to buy” @DecorativeFair organiser Darren Hudson said of her, “a titan of the industry she was sometimes tough but always there when one needed help.” Whether you knew her from her shop in Westbourne Grove or Church Street, NW8 or markets in Camden Passage, Portobello road and Bermondsey, she is a personality that one doesn’t quickly forget. Her daughter Victoria Harvey – who continues to run her shop in Church Street – remembers her as, “strong, quite fierce at times but seriously kind, loving and loyal.” Victoria, her sister Sarah and the rest of her family and friends are in our thoughts during this difficult time.

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