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Shown right is a pair of Staffordshire pottery rabbits munching on leaves for which he will ask around £6500 at The New York Ceramics Fair. These animal models are particularly popular with American collectors and interior designers.

As soon as the January 19 to 23 event finishes, he jets back to England. Then, after packing summer clothes, he will set off back across the Atlantic to exhibit at the Palm Beach Jewellery and Antique Show in Florida in mid-February.

In April he is back to New York for Wendy's International Fair at the Seventh Regiment Armory and the following month John goes to Chicago to show at a fair at the Mart.

Not surprisingly, the dealer is keeping a stock across the Atlantic, but he also finds the time to run his shop at Woodstock in Oxfordshire. Oh yes, I almost forgot. As usual John Howard will be on his stand at June's Olympia.