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
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
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
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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