At the Arley Hall fair Amelie Caswell will ask £3700 for this c.1900 Tokyo School okimono of a basket seller, 9in (22cm) high.

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This is one of the oldest fairs in the Cooper stable and regularly attracts some 30 exhibitors, who always seem to achieve solid business.

But, with the proximity of such centres of population as Manchester, Liverpool and the Wirral, some feel the twice-yearly fair could do better and should certainly have a higher profile - after all, owner Sue Ede does consider it her premier event in the North.

The fair is set in the ground floor of the house and the nearby 16th century barn where much space will be given over to period furniture. Space will be much needed by Chester furniture dealer Mike Melody who is bringing more than 30 chairs to be sold in sets.

When I asked what other stock he would take, Mike replied: "I might take some tables to go with them."

Also of note is a good collection of netsuke and okimono from Wiltshire-based specialist Amelie Caswell.

English and Continental 18th and 19th century porcelain will be offered by such Cooper regulars as John Newton and Typically English and, as at so many fairs of late, you will find Lowrys dotted around the picture stands.

Admission is £4.50.

A week after Arley Hall, the Cooper bandwagon moves to deepest Devon for the Powderham Castle Fair, which was very well received at its launch last year, and a week after that Westonbirt in the Cotswolds is the venue.