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Now held in spring and winter, the events have evolved into what could be described as very select mini-fairs.

The next will be held over the weekend of May 7 to 9 and Hallidays have invited along the Bruton Gallery from Yorkshire with pictures and bronzes; Derbyshire early oak specialist Peter Bunting; Burford expert in sporting antiques Manfred Schotten; Kent decorative prints dealer Ingrid Nilson; and M&N Carpets from Manchester.

A contemporary touch is added by Scandinavian photographer Mats Nilson (Ingrid’s brother-in-law), and Natalie Harris will be there with her jewellery crafted from pearls and unusual gemstones. Sophie Pattinson will attend with hand-embroidered textiles, and also present will be Patricia Hamilton, who creates luxury items from precious metals and stones and whose commissions have included a phial for Winchester Cathedral and guitar buckles for Sir Paul McCartney.