EXPECT around 90 dealers, just a handful down on last year, in Hall 3 of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre for the sixth Antiques For Everyone – Glasgow fair from May 13 to 15.
Making this Scottish fair not only work, but also rapidly
establishing it as, by some measure the top Scottish antiques
event, can count among organiser Fran Foster's most noteworthy
achievements since she pioneered the successful Antiques For
Everyone formula at Birmingham's NEC nearly 20 years ago.
Mrs Foster's Scottish debut in 2000 proved an instant success,
which rather bucked a trend since, hitherto, quality, vetted fairs
of any size conspicuously failed to make their mark in
This one found strong support from both the City of Glasgow and
the Scottish trade, who are very well represented this year.
All the exhibitors should be particularly happy this month, since
Mrs Foster has finally agreed with the venue to move from a late
June slot to mid-May, her chosen time.
The fair was successful enough in June - the season of the
Scottish game fairs, which it was thought attracted some
well-heeled buyers who might spend money at the antiques fair.
However, the dates did make it difficult for some Olympia
exhibitors to do both events.
There are few changes to this year's exhibitor list but the fair
welcomes Bath porcelain dealer Patricia Markbridge, Dundee
sculpture specialists Endymion and London jewellers Anderson
Notable dealers returning include Campbell Wilson from London with
Victorian and Modern British pictures, particularly works by or
influenced by the Pre-Raphaelites, and Neil McRae from
Auchterarder, a well-known Scottish art dealer.
Among the Scottish regulars who will be missed this time around
are Decorative Arts @ Doune with their stock of Arts and Crafts
silver and objects.
However, among the Scottish dealers who will line up are John
Whitelaw, Jeremy Gow, Mir Russki, Becca Gauldie, Sandra Deas and
So, although there will be plenty of variety on offer you can
certainly expect a generous helping of Scottish School paintings,
Mauchlineware, Wemyss ware, tartan ware, Glasgow School textiles
and Scottish Arts and Crafts. Admission is £10.
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