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Dealers’ fair verdict: they decide they’ll belong to Glasgow

07 July 2004Written by ATG Reporter

AT its fifth annual staging from June 18 to 20, Antiques For Everyone – Glasgow reinforced its reputation as Scotland’s premier antiques event and, although it did not break the current pattern of very patchy fairs business, it is telling that already almost all the 116 exhibitors have rebooked for next year.

It seems that the vast majority of standholders were into profit with period and early 20th century furniture in more demand than last year.

This aspect of business was helped by a well-known Scottish hotelier scouring the fair and buying at least 20 pieces of furniture, including one Georgian item priced in the region of £40,000.

The art dealers, on the whole, found sales satisfactory with Gladwell & Co. from London particularly pleased with business, finding 19th and 20th century as well as contemporary work in demand.

Hartley Fine Art from Surrey, John Watson from Winchester and Sally Mitchell from Lincolnshire also sold well.

Unusual collectors' pieces, like the c.1890 toe amputation kit on the stand of medical instruments specialists Fossak & Furkle from Cambridge, found buyers (the kit, incidentally, sold for £100 to a
paediatrician looking for a leaving present for a colleague), as did traditional Scottish collectables like the Mauchlineware on the stand of Becca Gauldie from Glendoick.

As well as the paediatrician, there was another doctor in the house, an American who had somewhat less gruesome tastes than his Scottish colleague, and bought a number of early Oriental items from Julians Antiques from York.

Fossils in Design from Preston enjoyed numerous sales on their first outing, including a piece of Triassic period fossilised wood, now fashioned as a table top, which sold for £900.

Another noteworthy purchase was a large textile wall covering by Man Ray which was sold by Zeitgeist of London.

But if buying was eclectic at Glasgow it must be said that some of the Scottish dealers who regularly sell well at this venue did not have a memorable fair this time around.

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