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.

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And the award for ‘best antiques in a movie’ goes to…

10 February 2020

Ever been distracted by the antiques in a movie or TV series and wondered if they were ‘right’ or where they came from?

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Bomberg buoyant at London Art Fair

10 February 2020

Among several paintings by David Bomberg (1890-1957) that Beaux Arts London sold at London Art Fair (LAF) was an oil, 'Portrait of Dinora' (1952), offered for £70,000.

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Thinking caps on for Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair

10 February 2020

The Mayfair Antiques & Fine Art Fair is a destination for many dealers and collectors, but some exhibitors noticed a cautious approach from buyers at its most recent staging.

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Rugs and carpets move on up at latest staging of London fair

10 February 2020

The latest staging of The London Antique Rug & Textile Art Fair was marked by strong sales of carpets and fewer big-ticket sales, according to organiser and exhibitor Aaron Nejad.

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French celebration of the US at latest The Winter Show

10 February 2020

Across the pond in New York, the trade kicked off the year with the major international fair The Winter Show.

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Battersea fair provides a boost in dry January

10 February 2020

January has become a month of abstinence but bountiful fairs provided a welcome break.

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Well connected for a second time: Connect fair wraps up strong sales

10 February 2020

'Connect: London’s Independent Art Fair' wrapped up its second edition earlier this month, staking its place in the calendar of early fairs around the capital with rising sales and evolving strategies for organisation and selling.

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Continuity reveals details of new Bingley Hall event

10 February 2020

As announced in ATG No 2428, Continuity Fairs has taken over the Bingley Hall Antiques Fair, which had been held by IACF at the Staffordshire County Showground from mid-2018 to December 2019.

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Revived version of Little Chelsea fair runs for two days with a decorative focus

10 February 2020

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Antiques Fairs is gearing up for the launch of an ambitious new venture.

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Daum takes a woodland stroll

10 February 2020

Solo Antiques offers a selection of French Daum landscape cameo glass pieces at Stonyhurst College Antiques & Fine Art Fair this month.

New antiques centre backs army veterans

10 February 2020

An antiques centre specialising in militaria including books has opened in the Bedfordshire town of Biddenham.

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Object lessons from Malvern dealers

10 February 2020

Despite or perhaps because of their macabre nature, antique medical instruments have a strong following, both among practitioners and general buyers.

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Horses for courses at Malvern flea

10 February 2020

Dealers have their favoured pitches at B2B’s Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair, as ATG discovers

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Auctions and art fairs postponed and cancelled after spread of coronavirus in Asia

07 February 2020

The outbreak and spread of the coronavirus has forced art fairs and auctions to postpone and cancel in light of the increasing seriousness of the situation.

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Items seized after Interpol ‘checks’ at BRAFA

03 February 2020

A group of objects belonging to dealers who took part in the BRAFA art fair in Brussels were seized following an investigation by Interpol.

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Continuity for the venerable Bingley Hall fair

03 February 2020

Bingley Hall Antiques Fair at the Staffordshire County Showground will be managed by Continuity Fairs which has taken over the running of it from IACF.

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Vintage Valentine cards: a regular sight at ephemera fairs

03 February 2020

A clever piece of marketing from the oil company Shell and with slightly saucy automobile-referenced lines, this Valentine dates from a tradition of sending cards to Shell’s female customers who had accounts at their garages. This ran from 1938-75, apart from an interruption during the war years.

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The renowned teddy bear expert who has overcome an allergy to soft toys’ fur

03 February 2020

For a man who has built his career around teddy bears it is a strange quirk of fate that these inoffensive toys make him feel unwell.

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US mayor's Patek Philippe watch on offer at Chester fair

03 February 2020

Time is of the essence in the story of Speed Menefee (1879-1968), the shortest-serving city mayor in US history – and original owner of a pocket watch offered at the Chester Decorative Antiques & Art Fair.

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ATG letter: Is a firm price fair for the trader and buyer?

03 February 2020

MADAM – I was browsing in an upmarket antiques centre in Oxfordshire recently and saw something very unfamiliar to me as a regular buyer from dealers in shops as well as at fairs.

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