Latest News Articles by Joan Porter

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Lovejoy would be proud of you: new high-street shops in Suffolk and Dorchester

16 March 2020

Suffolk town where the TV rogue ducked and dived experiences an antiques revival. Plus, details of the Long Melford fairs scene.

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Textile Society award supports restoration

09 March 2020

While one of the Textile Society’s important functions is holding fairs, another is its annual awards and bursaries, including a professional development award.

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Norwich fair now a brocante

09 March 2020

The long-running monthly fair held in the medieval St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ Hall in the centre of Norwich – formerly the 'Norwich Antiques Fair' and most recently the 'Upmarket Fleamarket' – was taken over last November by antique and vintage toy collectors Leon and Kevin McLoughlin-Smith.

Malthouse hunt for militaria

09 March 2020

Last year we featured the launch of the Malthouse Collective in Stroud, Gloucestershire. This offers 60 dealers and designers selling traditional antiques as well as interiors pieces and art from a listed former Victorian malthouse.

Bristol April photo fair cancelled

09 March 2020

The second Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair due to be held on Easter Sunday, April 12, at The Royal Photograph Society’s headquarters in the city has been cancelled.

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Many developments at busy mill

09 March 2020

Four years ago we featured the Grade-I Listed Cromford Mill at Matlock in Derbyshire, and most specifically antiques dealer David Walsh who had launched the Cromford Mill Antiques Centre on the site.

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Belfast fair back again

02 March 2020

Irish provincial silver is always sought after. The c.1790 silver sauceboat pictured below by John Nicholson of Cork is a rare example.

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Organisers return to Croydon for another event in an impressive venue

02 March 2020

Alison Davis and Alan Old of So Last Century Vintage and Retro Fairs run their London events in suitably historic and interesting buildings.

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Held at the Holt

02 March 2020

Forty-plus dealers will be converging on the Holt Hotel at Steeple Aston, near Oxford, to stand at Antiques@The Holt on Saturday and Sunday March 14-15.

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Fair at Harlequins rugby club sees dealers return to Twickenham

02 March 2020

Haddon Events is returning to the Twickenham Stoop, the south-west London home of Harlequins rugby club, for its annual antiques and collectors’ fair.

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Call for exhibitors to join Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair

24 February 2020

Antiquarian book dealer Hugh Rayner is putting out a call for more exhibitors at the Bristol Vintage Photograph Fair.

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Event’s oarsome new venue

24 February 2020

Fawley Hill fair relocates down the road to the Meadows where the royal regatta is held

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Wilton on the way

24 February 2020

Newcomers to the 44-dealer annual Wilton House Antiques Fair include the Vangelli Gallery in London with Asian decorative art, the West Sussex antique dealership Wakelin & Linfield which sells English and Continental furniture and Shine on Design, specialising in Art Deco pieces.

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Rare Samuel Shufflebotham work on Llanelly Pottery offered at Carmarthen Showground event

24 February 2020

Only about three of these c.1907 Llanelly Pottery rose bowls (below) are known to exist, says dealer Robert Pugh who is pricing the one shown here at £700.

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Designer’s textiles revived for the modern day

17 February 2020

A UK-based design studio trio last year took over the UK licence to the archive of Florence Broadhurst, an Australian designer whose whirlwind life came to a tragic end in 1977.

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York fair organiser launches another event in nearby market town

17 February 2020

Born and raised in York, Richard Cawood is the organiser of the city’s triannual 'Antique Home & Vintage Fair' and has now launched a second, smaller event in the nearby East Yorkshire market town of Pocklington.

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Continuity reveals details of new Bingley Hall event

10 February 2020

As announced in ATG No 2428, Continuity Fairs has taken over the Bingley Hall Antiques Fair, which had been held by IACF at the Staffordshire County Showground from mid-2018 to December 2019.

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Revived version of Little Chelsea fair runs for two days with a decorative focus

10 February 2020

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Antiques Fairs is gearing up for the launch of an ambitious new venture.

New antiques centre backs army veterans

10 February 2020

An antiques centre specialising in militaria including books has opened in the Bedfordshire town of Biddenham.

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Continuity for the venerable Bingley Hall fair

03 February 2020

Bingley Hall Antiques Fair at the Staffordshire County Showground will be managed by Continuity Fairs which has taken over the running of it from IACF.