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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Charity antique fair planned in Tunbridge Wells in memory of silver dealer

26 January 2019

The granddaughter of silver dealer George Paterson is to launch an antique fair in Tunbridge Wells in April to raise money for the hospice where her grandfather spent his last weeks.

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Romantic jewellery exhibition for one day only at Grays Antiques Centre

21 January 2019

Romantic and erotic jewellery is included in London’s Grays Antiques Centre during a special pre-Valentine’s Day exhibition, Vetiti Amare.

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Fair back at the Mills

21 January 2019

Back by popular demand, says Caroline Brown of Rose & Brown Vintage, is her biannual Vintage Furniture and Home Fair held in the Old Woollen Room at the atmospheric Sunny Bank Mills, a former textiles mill in Farsley near Leeds.

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BRAFA: the Brussels art and antiques fair that ranges far and wide

21 January 2019

One of the attractions of BRAFA, the Brussels art and antiques fair which is traditionally a new-year opener in continental Europe, is its breadth. This is not a specialist event: it concentrates on quality across a range of disciplines.

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Gallery Desmet at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Among the numerous dealers at BRAFA showing early works of art is Brussels’ Gallery Desmet, which specialises in sculpture and objects ranging from Antiquity to the Grand Tour.

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Whitford Fine Art at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Whitford Fine Art from London is a long-standing BRAFA stalwart (understandably given that the gallery’s core stock is work by 20th century Belgian and international artists).

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Didier Claes at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

With so many tribal art galleries concentrated in Brussels it is no surprise to find 10 specialists in the field showing at BRAFA, six of them from the Belgian capital.

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Xavier Eeckhout at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Another returning BRAFA exhibitor is the Paris dealer Xavier Eckhout, who specialises in animalier sculpture from 1880- 1950.

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Finch & Co at BRAFA 2019

21 January 2019

Finch & Co from London has been showing at BRAFA for 12 years. “We regard it as one of the most successful and well-organised art and antique events in Europe,” notes the firm’s Jan Finch.

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Beyond BRAFA 2019: more art and antiques events to attend in Brussels

21 January 2019

BRAFA is a big draw for the visitor in late January but as well as enjoying all that Brussels has to offer in general cultural terms there are other art and antiques-related events on at the same time.

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Ex-courthouse venue in Pontefract judged to be just right

21 January 2019

Former courthouse in West Yorkshire opens as antiques centre and community hub.

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Dealers thrive in a verdant Welsh setting

21 January 2019

The National Botanic Gardens of Wales spreads out into 500-plus acres at Llanarthne in the Carmarthenshire countryside and boasts a spectacular structure designed by Norman Foster: the largest single-span glasshouse in the world.

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Grayson Perry sculpture stars as London Art Fair puts the spotlight on modern and contemporary ceramic

18 January 2019

A glazed ceramic sculpture by Grayson Perry, ‘Fucking Art Centre’, was one of the early standout sales at London Art Fair, selling for a price in excess of £50,000 to a UK collector.

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At IACF Ardingly, sellers and buyers beat the Brexit and winter blues

18 January 2019

As momentous parliamentary debates on future trade relations with the EU raged in London, cross-border business went on regardless at IACF Ardingly in West Sussex this week.

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Marilyn Monroe diamond dust pop art picture sells at Mayfair art and antiques fair

14 January 2019

An image of Marilyn Monroe covered in diamond dust by pop art legend Peter Blake was one of the stand-out sales at the Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair.

Strong field at racecourse fairs

14 January 2019

As testament to the popularity of Love Fairs’ antiques and vintage events at both Brighton and Lingfield racecourses, the waiting list for both is in the hundreds, reports organiser Donny Mann.

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It’s time for a clock and watch fair venue change

14 January 2019

Time has moved on for events at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull organised by Liz and Carl Barnes of Time Fairs.

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Florida fairs: Sunshine State finds stability

14 January 2019

The closure of south Florida’s primary exhibition venue for a two-year, $615m refurbishment threw the annual winter pilgrimage to the Sunshine State into flux. Perhaps, now that works at the Miami Beach Convention Center are largely complete, 2019 will be a little more straightforward.

Heading Stateside: Winter pilgrimage to US for key events in New York and Florida is under way

14 January 2019

With the auction scene in Continental Europe at a traditional low ebb in the first month of the year, the focus for international art world activity shifts across to the US.

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New independent art fair in London targets younger customers with competitive prices

14 January 2019

New independent art fair targets younger and fresh customers with competitive prices

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