Fairs and Markets

Antiques fairs and markets offer a great way to browse and buy.

With so many exhibitors or stallholders in one place you can view a lot of different items quickly and compare prices and quality.

Depending on the event, the first day or morning may be for reserved for trade buyers before the general public gain access.

Some antiques markets are held weekly whereas some fairs may be quarterly, biannual, once a year or have some other frequency. Check the Calendar section of this website for details or view the listings every week in the Antiques Trade Gazette newspaper.

Olympia flush out repro with dateline changes

17 July 2000

OLYMPIA have made dateline changes at their flagship antiques event in London, the June Fine Art and Antiques Fair, and they will apply to both the gallery and the ground floor.

New York financier Saul Steinberg to sell his Old Master collection

24 April 2000

US: NEW York financier Saul Steinberg is to sell his collection of 61 Old Master paintings through the New York art dealer Richard Feigen. With obvious carrots dangled by the leading auction houses for such an important collection, conservatively valued at some $52m, this is a major fillip for the fine art trade.

Two determined collectors fight for the rare 1954 AJS E90 ‘Porcupine’

24 April 2000

UK: At the International Classic Motorcycle Show in Stafford on April 16, two determined collectors fought this rare 1954 AJS E90 ‘Porcupine’ to £142,000 (plus 15/10% buyer’s premium).

Lester eyes New York

27 February 2000

US: FLORIDA-based organiser David Lester is negotiating for a new fair in New York City, possibly to be launched as early as October this year.

New Year new look

31 January 2000

UK: THE eighth LAPADA Fair opened in its new hall with a new look at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre last Wednesday, January 19, 2000.

Warning of fake Doulton

03 January 2000

UK: COLLECTABLE 20th century ceramics continue to be the target of some elaborate fakes: among the more recent additions to the 'danger' list are the series of 'Royal Doulton' Union Jack bulldogs and a 'prototype' character jug.

Fairs deal to boost international trade

06 December 1999

UK: CENTRE Exhibitions, who organise the Antiques For Everyone fairs at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre, and the top Irish fairs organiser Louis O’ Sullivan are collaborating on a plan to internationalise both the NEC fairs and the Irish trade.

Morris family buy Earls Court and Olympia

04 October 1999

UK: Future as exhibition venues safe, say owners.

DMG buy two fairs in London

29 August 1999

UK: DMG Antiques Fairs has moved into the London market with the acquisition of two well-known North London events, the Wembley and Lee Valley fairs.

Big shake-up for 20th century fairs

02 August 1999

UK: MAJOR changes are afoot for 20th century design fairs in London as P&O Events move their fair to June and Caroline Penman puts her show on the market.

Scapin and Columbine sell for £30,000

14 June 1999

UK: THE SECOND half of last week saw a selection of top quality antiques fairs in London that is not matched anywhere.

Bailey to launch Manchester fair

10 May 1999

UK: EXPERIENCED organiser Robert Bailey is set to take on one of the biggest challenges of his career with the launch next year of a quality antiques fair in the heart of Manchester.

Basel goes on... without TEFAF

26 April 1999

SWITZERLAND: TEFAF Basel, the sister fair to Maastricht, has broken all official ties with its founders TEFAF (The European Fine Art Foundation) who have handed over the organisation to Messe Basel, the exhibition hall which has hosted the fair since it was launched in 1995.

Puzzle of the peter-out pattern

19 April 1999

UK: WITH more than 500 dealers and a vast array of stock there are bound to be varying fortunes, but on the whole the Spring Antiques For Everyone fair at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Centre from April 8 to 11 again proved itself a fair to be reckoned with.

Making the essential difference

12 April 1999

UK: THIS time last year we were enthusing about the launch of Caroline Penman’s The 20th Century Show at Chelsea Old Town Hall; it was a bold move from an organiser best known for quality, traditional antiques fairs.

P&O bullish about antique fairs’ future

30 March 1999

UK: P&O’s announcement that they are refocusing their business immediately put the future of the antiques fairs organised by P&O Events in jeopardy, although Hugh Scrimgeour, chairman of Earls Court Olympia, feels strongly that they will continue.

Veterans’ comfy billet at Chelsea

30 March 1999

UK: WHILE the Chelsea Antiques Fair, one of our most venerable events, does not seem to generate any buying buzz, it soldiers on and must be doing something right because year after year very good dealers return twice annually to stand at this most traditional of antiques events.

Hamptons’ new name

01 January 1996

HAMPTONS Auctioneers of Godalming will change their name to Dreweatt Neate this month. Having become part of The Fine Art Auction Group earlier this year, the saleroom will be rebranded under the Dreweatt Neate banner in time for the Surrey firm’s April 13 sale.

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