Tuesday, 4 June 2013

A Lovely Silk Painting & Last Weeks Vintage Fair In Stamford

My Latest Vintage Find

I found this charming picture when went to Leicester to take some posters for the forthcoming Market Harborough Vintage Fair. I took it home it thinking that it was a print only to find that it is an original from the 20s or 30s painted onto old ivory coloured silk. I found it in White Elephant which can be found at 117 Clarendon Park Road.

Vintage Anemones

I found the oil of anemones in the same shop, a little 'detective' work revealed the artist to be Walter Dyke Carter who studied at Manchester and the RCA, it was probably painted in the 40s or 50s. 

Stuff at 245 Clarendon Park Road In Leicester

Further along the same road is Stuff, I always call when I am near and on the day I visited there was a great collection of vintage radios including a lovely HMV made of Bakelite.

Vintage Utopia - Montague Road 

A short walk down the Queens Road leads to Vintage Utopia (closed on Tuesdays!), I found a lovely old painted towel rail and a tea set from the 30s. I had intended to go into the city centre to visit Dollymix Vintage as they have some great clothes and accessories (as well as textiles, leather luggage and ephemera) but I was distracted by the SalvadorDeli cafe and ran out of time!

Dollymix Vintage - Leicester

Dollymixture can be found in 'The Lanes' area of Leicester. The Market Harborough Vintage Fair is taking place on Saturday, our home for the day will be The Three Swans Hotel on the High Street, it is a historic coaching inn dating from the 1400s.

The Fair Starts At 11am

We had a lovely day in Stamford when the fair visited last week, especially so as the sun shone for the first time in ages.


Found At The Stamford Fair

This is an illustration from a book I found at the Stamford Fair, inside there is a very useful chapter on using passe-partout to edge pictures, this method was used extensively during the 1930s as an easy and affordable means of framing small prints and embroidered panels. 

How To Passe-Partout

It was the fair's third visit to Stamford Arts Centre which is situated in the heart of town and surrounded by beautiful stone houses, most are Georgian and the grandeur is undeniable.

Our Home For The Day - Stamford Arts Centre

On the day of the fair the weather was kind and we were bathed in sunshine from early morning, bright light glinted from the polished windows and even a lion emerged to soak up the warmth. 

Sunny Stamford

I had spent most of the before the fair day waiting for the rain to stop in order to drive over to Stamford to put up a pile of posters, I finally arrived around 7pm leaving a rain soaked Northamptonshire behind me.


Some Of The Stalls In The Ballroom

The stalls filled the Ballroom and Blue Room, most were displaying original wares including kitchenalia, textiles, ceramics and glass. 


A Colourful Collection In The Ballroom

Quite a few of the stalls complemented their displays with a rail of clothes and we were joined by two stalls specialising in 60s and 30s fashion. 

Subtle Shades In The Blue Room

Rails of dresses stretched around one side of the Blue Room, large old gilt mirrors hanging on three of the walls created a lovely effect as soft light poured through the floor to ceiling windows.

60s Fashion In The Blue Room

The stage was dressed with 30s inspired art and attire from the same period.


'The Stage Being Set' 

Vintage inspired handmade often created from original fabrics or made using old techniques. Pretty original textiles and papers can be sourced relatively easily and can be made in to so many things.

Felt Work 

The wreath was displayed by Cherry from Merriman's Vintage Jamboree.

A Lovely Handmade Display

I love the colours of Grace Face Boutique's stall.

Vintage Reading

Hope to see you at the fair on Saturday, have a safe journey if you are travelling from afar and best wishes for the week ahead.

1 comment:

Nostalgic Vicky said...

Great shots of The Stamford Fair and your latest treasures. Will have to check out those shops in Leicester. Mrs Nostalgic Kitchen will see you at The Market Harborough Fair yippee