JUST a couple of years ago, specialist glass fairs were proliferating. That frenzy seems to have settled down of late, probably because the serious glass dealers understandably are getting choosy. But one that increasingly is making its mark is the Cambridge Glass Fair, organised by Paul Bishop under the name Oxbridge Fairs, which will be held for the fifth time this Sunday (February 20) at Chilford Hall Vineyard, Linton, Cambridgeshire.
Expect 68 dealers covering 300 years of glass, and the whole range of glass at that. Sweetbriar Gallery and Just Glass offer paperweights, while Paul Calver specialises in Lalique and well-known dealer Ged Selby from Skipton will present a range of good 18th and 19th century drinking glasses.
Willie Clegg of Oxfordshire's Country Seat, now known as a top purveyor of Whitefriars glass, will be there. Also in attendance is Primavera, the contemporary arts gallery in Cambridge, who will offer modern scent bottles by some of the leading UK studio artists. The Ely Stained Glass Museum is represented as is the Glass Association, the Contemporary Glass Society and the Glass Circle. Specialist bookseller Paul Brown of Brighton's Studio Bookshop will show.
Period glass will be to the fore but, reflecting the current trend, contemporary glass will be very much in evidence with three contemporary glass artists showing their work, Amanda Lawrence, Jonathan Harris and Adam Aaronson.
A private collection of WMF glass will be on sale at the fair and the foyer exhibition will feature Powell (Whitefriars) glass loaned by Robert Marris.
Admission is £3.