Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

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Local loyalists at Lincoln Antiques and Home Show: ‘Fair seems more condensed and lively’

15 April 2019

Belinda and Tom Kilduff (pictured below) are Lincolnshire locals and Antiques & Home Show loyalists. They noted how “busy, condensed and lively” the one-day format was.

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"I can sell as much in one day as two": Dealers and buyers give their verdict on Arthur Swallow Fairs' new one-day Lincoln format

12 April 2019

Condensing a two-day fair into one and moving to a new weekday slot are no mean feats – just ask Arthur Swallow Fairs, which has just launched a new streamlined format.

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Actor, writer and rare book collector Stephen Fry reveals he will open ABA’s rare book fair Firsts

11 April 2019

Actor and writer Stephen Fry will open Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair, the annual event from the Antiquarian Booksellers Association (ABA).

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Firms display their family values

08 April 2019

A focus on two family businesses which source some of their stock from antiques and vintage fairs and markets in the UK.

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Queen Anne ale jug could be a favourite buy at BBR fair

08 April 2019

The story of Queen Anne, who ruled from 1702 to her death in 1714, is now much more widely known after the Oscar-winning portrayal by Olivia Colman in 'The Favourite'.

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Rare JMW Turner mezzotints on display at London fair

08 April 2019

Four prints hand-engraved by JMW Turner (1775-1851) for a rare and enigmatic series of landscapes feature at the next London Original Print Fair (LOPF) later this month.

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Victorian Noah’s Ark toy that comes in two by two

08 April 2019

At the second outing of the Norfolk and Suffolk Antique Dealers Association (NASADA) antiques fair, local dealer Philip Crosthwaite, who launched the group last year, will be bringing this Victorian Noah’s Ark toy, below. With 90 original carved wooden animals, it is priced at £895.

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Room for manoeuvre at Battersea Decorative

08 April 2019

A French Art Nouveau mahogany drop-front writing bureau, c.1925, is among the objects featured in a special exhibition at the spring edition of the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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TEFAF chief on vetting controversies and the future of the hugely influential Maastricht fair

03 April 2019

TEFAF chief executive Patrick van Maris is four years into his tenure and after positive feedback about the 2019 Maastricht event, he talked to ATG about the response to changing the fair’s vetting system, the opportunity to expand in Maastricht and other changes to 2020’s event.

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That's a wrap: TEFAF Maastricht 2019 reviewed in eight key points

01 April 2019

A traditional art event keen to move with the times is pulling off a difficult double act.

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Fair held in aid of hospice is ‘tribute to my grandad’

01 April 2019

A charity antiques fair in aid of a Kent hospice will run at the Skinners School in Tunbridge Wells on Sunday, April 28.

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French fair buying connections

01 April 2019

In ATG No 2385 we ran a story on Rebecca Lloyd Marlow’s 12,000-strong collection of 18th to 20th century buttons which she had sourced over the past 20 years at fairs and brocantes across France. Here is a focus on two such events, one in the north and one in the south of the country where not only buttons but plenty of textiles, French furniture, ceramics and all sorts of desirables in between tempt hundreds of buyers.

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Arms fair roll call shows dealers are out in force

01 April 2019

Historic military specialist Michael D Long offers this Victorian Royal Artillery officer’s sabretache and pouch for £785 at the London Antique Arms Fair.

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Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair brings a royal touch of glamour

01 April 2019

A Rosenthal porcelain model of the princess and the frog, c.1910, by Leo Rauth is among the objects on offer at The Cotswolds Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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Porcelain mocca set earns its stripes at The Duncombe Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair

01 April 2019

A Hutschenreuther Porcelain mocca set decorated with silver overlay in the studios of Friedrich Spahr is among the works on offer at The Duncombe Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair where it is available from John Newton Antiques for £1050.

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Vietnam War picture by Don McCullin offered at Battersea Decorative fair

29 March 2019

A powerful photograph of soldiers in the Vietnam War taken by Sir Don McCullin in the 1960s is among the highlights at the Spring Decorative Antiques and textiles fair next month.

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New look and extended run for summer Olympia as antiques fair separates from House & Garden Festival

27 March 2019

Organisers of The Art & Antiques Fair Olympia have revamped its look, dates and marketing strategy for this year’s summer edition in a move to distinguish it from the simultaneous House & Garden Festival.

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CADA fair faces uncertain future as works on Blenheim Palace venue are announced

26 March 2019

Details of next year’s Cotswolds Art & Antiques Dealers’ Association (CADA) fair are uncertain as works on its historic venue, Blenheim Palace, have been announced.

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Early BADA 2019 sales augur well for London fair

25 March 2019

A pair of early George III carved walnut Gainsborough chairs, c.1765, were among the early highlight sales at BADA 2019. Offered from the stand of Richard Courtney in excellent original condition, they sold for a price in the region of £70,000.

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Peterloo pearlware jug offered at Art & Antiques for Everyone fair on bicentenary of massacre in Manchester

25 March 2019

A rare antique jug commemorating the events of the Peterloo Massacre is on offer in Birmingham on the 200th anniversary of the event.

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