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The Kensington Antiques Fair, which was cancelled at short notice, was due to take place at the Kensington Town Hall. Image: Daniel X. O’Neil

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Dealers scrambled to notify clients after they were notified by email yesterday that the event, scheduled to run from October 15-17, would not go ahead.

Organiser Daniel Cotton declined to comment on why the fair had been called off but confirmed to ATG that this edition was “unavoidably” cancelled. He added that the next edition of the event in March would go ahead as planned, as well as The Little Chelsea fair in April, which he also runs.

Morgan Strickland Decorative Arts, Wakelin & Linfield and Philip Carrol Antiques were among those scheduled to exhibit.

“It’s hugely disappointing in terms of the expense and for our customers,” said Gavin Morgan of Morgan Strickland. “We acquire the best stock for each fair and we rely on the turnover.”

Morgan Strickland was among those that took to social media to notify clients that the fair is not taking place.

Another dealership, Garret & Hurst, posted on Twitter: “We were informed at 18:57 yesterday that The Kensington Antiques Fair (15-17 October) has been cancelled. Apologies to our clients for any inconvenience this causes, but look forward to seeing you at Winter Art & Antiques Fair, Olympia, London 30 Oct-4 Nov.”