One of the more noticeable shifts that long-time visitors will be aware of for a second year in a row is the event’s relocation to a purpose-build marquee on the promenade outside the Pavilion building.
The move was made last year and will continue for the duration of the historic building’s renovation, which is estimated to conclude before the 2018 event. Given the smaller space, seven fewer exhibitors (for a total of 31) are showing this year.
Less tangible but perhaps more permanent is the rise of the decorative-minded buyer. Organisers have embraced the rise of this trend, calling the new approach “acquiring a total look”. Exhibitors are encouraged to bring pieces to suit both historic and contemporary interiors, signalling the market’s adaptability.
Among exhibitors this year are three veterans of the fair: Peter Bunting, Roger de Ville and Sheldon Shapiro, all of whom have been exhibiting for more than 20 years.
First-timers this edition include decorative furniture and paintings dealer Not Wanted on Voyage, architectural garden statuary and decorative item specialist Linda North and Freya Mitton, with 20th century British art.
Also returning to the event are antique jewellery dealer Billy Rae, Garret & Hurst Sculpture and J Dickinson Maps and Prints.