Fairs, Markets, Shops and Centres


Hemswell has high hopes

22 January 2018

“We aim to be the largest bricks and mortar antiques centre in Europe with the largest website,” says Robert Miller, managing director of Hemswell Antique Centres.


Sampler goes back to school

15 January 2018

Work from 1880 returns to where it was made after it was offered at nearby antiques fair...


BBR on the rise aiming to climb to fresh heights

15 January 2018

Alan Blakeman, lifelong rock climber and founder of niche business BBR Auctions in Elsecar, near Barnsley, had a good 2017.


Mask fits among items for sale in Deco masterpiece

15 January 2018

A restored wall mask made by and indeed featuring the famed Art Deco ceramics designer Susie Cooper is one of the intriguing pieces for sale at Style 1900’s '20th Century Decorative Arts Fair'.


Cabaret in Polish showcase

15 January 2018

This is Liza Minelli as you might never have seen her – in this Polish poster by Wiktor Górka for the film Kabaret, which was created in 1973 for the first year of the film’s release in Poland.


Glass joins revamped London ceramics showcase

08 January 2018

A long-running biannual specialist fair has been renamed and will launch its first edition in London under a new organiser this month.


Dovehouse fair flutters into extra space at Dorking Halls

08 January 2018

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs is doing so well with her 70-dealer monthly fairs at the Dorking Halls in Surrey that she is taking extra space at the venue.


Two pop-up vintage fairs in focus

08 January 2018

Maxine Stonehill of Pop Up Vintage Fairs has launched a new vintage fair, this time at the Art Deco Grade II-listed Walthamstow Assembly Hall.


Leap at the chance to visit Amsterdam's 'First Art Fair'

08 January 2018

The Morren Galleries in Utrecht is bringing this striking bronze Springende Haas (Leaping Hare), pictured , to Amsterdam’s First Art Fair. The work of Rotterdam sculptor Evert den Hartog, it is priced at €6750, and measures 19 x 20 x 5in (47 x 52 x 12cm).


Marvellous Malvern is B2B flagship event

02 January 2018

Mulling over her 2017 experience, B2B Events’ director Helen Yourston said Malvern is proving to be a marvel.


Aviation and militaria fair lands at former London airport

02 January 2018

The former main London airport is an appropriate venue to hold the annual Croydon Aviation and Military Collectors’ Fair.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: Racing ahead to the new year

18 December 2017

It has been another bumper year of art and antiques fairs and markets announcements, news and views. Here is a selection of highlights.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: Tokyo duo in Notts tie-up

18 December 2017

IACF came up with some interesting leads this year and featured stories included Joe Mitchell, an event administrator for IACF who is an embroiderer, working for international costume designers.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: Centre new owner is on a high

18 December 2017

Dealer Vincent Page, the new owner of Antiques on High in Oxford, which was saved from closure earlier this year thanks to a tweet from ATG news reporter Laura Chesters regarding its sale, has been busy since his purchase in August.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: International relations

18 December 2017

In Europe we covered antiques markets in France and Italy plus those across the pond in the US. In December this column ran a profile on Frenchman Nicolas Martin, founder of an influential global fleamarkets website. In August I visited and wrote about the buzzing Foire de Chatou outside Paris.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: A springer into action

18 December 2017

Monmouth dealer John Read Smith is a multi-exhibitor at fairs, his sole dealing source, standing at around 60 venues a year together with Jools, his springer spaniel.

Fairs & Markets 2017 review: The stranger things on sale

18 December 2017

Two dealers in more unusual material also featured in the column. Bill Neal’s specialist subject is antique Chinese mother-of-pearl gaming counters, in which he deals online and at Adams Antique Fairs events. He has an encyclopaedic knowledge of this arcane and fascinating subject.


Fairs & Markets 2017 review: Young get in on the deal

18 December 2017

Young dealers made a welcome appearance this year including 16-year-old Tom Hurst, the youngest member of Antiques Young Guns.


Plate on offer at Welsh fair recalls the elephant in the court room

11 December 2017

A child’s plate that celebrates a performing elephant which was bizarrely accused of murdering her keeper will be an unusual highlight at Towy Events’ last antiques and fleamarket of the year.


Cracking idea now providing esoteric collecting field

11 December 2017

Tom Smith (1823-69) was the man who made Christmas go with a bang. His entrepreneurial invention of the Christmas cracker delighted Victorian families with the sheer variety of the crackers’ contents as well as the decorative boxes they came in.