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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Inside the Masterpiece tent for the tenth time

19 June 2019

Housed in a remarkable purpose-built marquee, Masterpiece London returns to the grounds of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea for its tenth anniversary

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Trading places: London's top hotspots for buying art and antiques

19 June 2019

For close to three centuries buyers of art and antiques have been spoilt for choice in London. A city synonymous with archives, galleries, museums, conservators and curators, it continues to support long-standing streets of antiques dealers, centres and a plethora of regular fairs and markets. As this guide to the hotspots suggests, most of them are complementary rather than in competition, and all budgets are catered for.

London calling: The events forming the new summer season

19 June 2019

For the British art and antiques trade, the summer ‘season’ still carries plenty of resonance, particularly in London. The days of rowing club colours at Henley and Georgian walnut at the Grosvenor House Hotel have given way to the plethora of June and July showpiece auctions and a clutch of fairs and dealer-led events – London Art Week, Olympia, Masterpiece London, and new kid on the block Fair For Saatchi.

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Long runner: Summer Olympia fair gets two extra days for its 47th edition

19 June 2019

With a longer run and back to being branded as an independent event, the venerable Art & Antiques Fair Olympia remains a stalwart for both the collector’s market and the decorative trade.

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Organiser IACF expands with Peterborough antiques fair purchase

17 June 2019

The International Antiques & Collectors Fair (IACF) has added the Peterborough Festival of Antiques to its extensive portfolio.

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Footfall rises and sales top £3m for ABA’s Rare Book Fair in Battersea

17 June 2019

Visitors to the ABA’s 'Firsts: London’s Rare Book Fair' spent more than £3m over the events three days.

Caroline Penman: ‘Will anyone save Chelsea?’

17 June 2019

Caroline Penman, organiser of the Chelsea Antiques Fair since 1983, is hoping to find a new owner willing to maintain the venerable event.

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Chippendale sits comfortably at Masterpiece London

17 June 2019

When Sir Robert Burdett (1716-97), 4th Baron Bramcote, undertook the remodelling of his early 18th century home Foremarke Hall from 1759-62, he contracted Thomas Chippendale to refurnish the house. The cabinet maker – one of several employed in the project – was paid around £1000 for the giltwood seating furniture which is thought to have included at least 10 elbow chairs, two window seats and a sofa.

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Early Worcester plate among ceramics offered at 'A Collectors’ Paradise' in London

17 June 2019

A rare early Worcester plate, c.1752, painted in Chinese famille verte style is offered by dealer Robyn Robb at 'A Collectors’ Paradise', the annual group selling show of pottery and porcelain in St James’s. Offered for £9500, it features a bird perched on a flowering prunus tree.

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Antiques and vintage village returns within Kent County Show

17 June 2019

The annual three-day Kent County Show is a big favourite in the southeast of England and has been held at the Kent County Showground, near Maidstone since 1964.

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Antiquities provide a new face for Dorking Halls

17 June 2019

Jane Alexander of Dovehouse Fine Antiques Fairs is always pleased to welcome new faces to her antiques fairs at the Dorking Halls in Surrey.

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ATG letter: Caroline Penman – ‘Will anyone save Chelsea?’

17 June 2019

MADAM – I am mortified to find myself at the cusp of ending one of London’s oldest and favourite art and antiques fairs, unless someone would like to take it on?

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‘Hidden gem’ Buckingham fleamarket marks 25 years

17 June 2019

A testimony to its popularity, the small weekly fleamarket in Buckingham has been running for more than 25 years.

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East Sussex event back on the farm

17 June 2019

A three-day biannual vintage and collectors’ fair held outdoors on a farm near Hailsham in East Sussex is now in its second year. It runs this weekend from Friday to Sunday, June 21-23.

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The Ashburton trail begins to grow

17 June 2019

Six months ago a small town on the edge of Dartmoor with a population of 4000 launched an antiques trail to promote all 11 of its antiques and vintage shops. Now the Ashburton Antiques Trail includes both the expansion of one of its existing businesses into larger premises and the arrival of a 12th antiques shop.

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Getty museum buys Stoss crucifix and Joseph Wright of Derby painting

11 June 2019

The J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has emerged as the buyer of two major works: Corpus Christi, a small, 15th century wooden sculpture by Veit Stoss, and Two Boys with a Bladder (1769-70), a painting by Joseph Wright of Derby.

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Connect art fair to join the summer season in 2020

10 June 2019

Connect – The Independent Art Fair, which debuted at London’s Mall Galleries in January, has added a June event to the 2020 calendar.

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Welsh furniture dealer offers cupboard at festival

10 June 2019

Tim Bowen Antiques brings this Welsh oak cwpwrdd bara caws (bread and cheese cupboard) to the midsummer Carmarthenshire event Midsummer Cahoots at the Hall (June 22-30).

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Unrecorded Tompion to star at Masterpiece

10 June 2019

Kensington Church Street clock dealer Howard Walwyn will offer this previously unknown Thomas Tompion walnut and mulberry longcase at the Masterpiece fair in London.

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Two Cs ready for three busy fairs in summer 2019

10 June 2019

Organisers report that all of their events are fully booked as far ahead as October this year

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