The event which takes place from March 31-April 2 is fully booked. It hosts 38 dealers offering art, antiques, furniture and collectables in the Orangery of Westonbirt School.
The searce, c.1760-80, is an apothecary item used for sifting powders. The sieved powder was then made into a paste for pills.
This example is offered for £450 by Opus Antiques, a newcomer to the fair. It has a pie crust edge and retains its wire mesh. The searce unscrews at the centre where the powder could be retrieved from the base.
Also joining this edition of the fair are Walker Galleries of Harrogate, Freya Hart (jewellery, and unique Bakeline and plastic specialist), Hickmet Fine Art, Ptarmigan Antiques & Fine Art, Rowles Fine Art and Marris Antiques (glass specialist).
Returning after several fairs’ absence are Jennifer Lloyd Antiques offering silver and Mark Buckley Antiques with furniture.
Along with new exhibitors, the fair is likely attract some fresh buyers from the Midlands, now lacking its April Art and Antiques for Everyone Fair usually held in Birmingham. The Cotswolds fair also brings in a reliable crowd from Gloucester, Somerset and the south-west.
Among the regular exhibitors are Rug Addiction, Kin George Antiques and Not Wanted on Voyage.
For organiser Sue Ede of Cooper Events the fair offers “something for everyone” from Mid-century accessories to historic furniture to fine art.
This is the first of three Cotswold fairs Cooper Events has planned for this year, with later editions taking place in August and November.