IT was in the summer of 2000 that Fran Foster of Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre took her Antiques For Everyone formula to Glasgow in an attempt to establish a large, good quality, vetted Scottish fair, a feat which previous organisers had failed to achieve.
From the outset, the fair in Hall 3 of the Scottish Exhibition
and Conference Centre proved a popular success, and with plenty of
local support it has grown into Scotland's premier antiques event,
as will be apparent when it is held with 116 dealers from June 18
to 20 with an evening preview on June 17.
The exhibitor total is 20 per cent up on last year with 40 in
Section One, the smarter area with a range of datelines, and 76 in
the more relaxed Section Two with looser datelines. All stock is
Among the eight newcomers to Section One are Cheshire barometer
experts Derek and Tina Rayment and London silver specialist Lucy
Harris, while the 17 making their debut in Section Two include
London glass dealer Nigel Benson, Wayne Hopton from Exeter with
Moorcroft and Titus Omega from London with Art Nouveau silver and
While there are plenty of dealers from all over the country here,
this Glasgow fair has become a showcase for the Scottish trade -
and to an extent for Scottish antiques and art - so expect plenty
of Mauchlineware, Wemyss, Scottish Arts & Crafts & Art
Nouveau and sought-after Scottish silver.
Among the Scottish dealers on parade are Nigel Stacey-Marks from
Perth; John Whitelaw from Auchterarder, Becca Gauldie from
Glendoick and Stirling's Decorative Arts @ Doune.
This year's loan exhibition comes from the Stewartry Museum,
Kirkcudbright and centres on the work of designer Jessie M. King
and her furniture designer husband Ernest Taylor. There will also
be plenty of items related to these two on sale around the
Strongly supported by the City of Glasgow, run in conjunction with
the Glasgow Tourist Board and backed by the media and citizens of
Glasgow, this fair arguably has more civic and public support than
any other in the UK. Certainly it has evolved rapidly into a fair
in which the city can take pride.
Admission is £8.
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