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Midlands art fair set for an April debut is delayed again

26 February 2024

The inaugural Midlands Art Design Antiques Fair (MADA) at Birmingham’s NEC has been postponed again.


Classic fairs expands after a debut success

12 February 2024

A successful run at NEC Birmingham last year for Classic Antique Fairs has encouraged it to expand this year.


B2B timeline: the basic essentials

22 January 2024

With Helen and Alan Yourston handing on their Malvern events, we take a look back at the story so far

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New ownership for B2B Events’ Malvern showground events

15 January 2024

B2B Events has handed over the running of its fairs held at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern to a newly formed company, B2B Fairs, owned by Debra Scadding and Sue McIntosh.

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New Midlands fair MADA postponed

12 January 2024

Stable Events' and LAPADA's new venture at Birmingham's NEC may run in the autumn.


Promising start as fairs return to Birmingham after event’s demise

08 January 2024

Dealer Mark Goodger’s first sale at the inaugural Classic Antique Fairs staged at Birmingham’s NEC was a satinwood painted tea caddy.


New Midlands art fair details announced

02 January 2024

Early details of the new spring fair organised by Stable Events in association with LAPADA at Birmingham’s NEC have been announced.


French and Scottish-based dealers support Malvern flea fair

02 January 2024

English-born dealers living in France are coming over to stand at the Malvern Flea Fairs which is good news, not least as they offer stock not seen on the market before, says Helen Yourston of B2B Events.


Muralist’s work impresses on a much smaller scale

18 December 2023

The highest auction prices for Mary Adshead (1904-95) all came at Sotheby’s Olympia back in 2006.


McWilliam sculpture reflects troubled times in Northern Ireland

18 December 2023

A bronze from Frederick Edward McWilliam’s (1909-92) Women of Belfast series of sculptures sold for £37,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium) on December 6.


Yasuyuki masterpiece makes £11,000 in Shropshire

04 December 2023

This silver and enamel vase by Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927), the great master of Japanese cloisonné, sold to an English collector for £11,000 at Halls (24% buyer’s premium).


CADA fair: Meeting old and new friends

04 December 2023

The fair held at a folk art musuem proved useful for dealers to encounter regular clients as well as new faces


History lesson on how to reuse buildings for art and antiques

04 December 2023

The repurposing of buildings for use as antiques centres and sometimes fairs has seen a revitalisation of historic buidings.


Most famous novelist of her day – now hardly known

04 December 2023

Top-selling lot in Halls’ (24% buyer’s premium) books and manuscripts sale on November 15 was a collection of 14 letters written by the Anglo-Irish novelist Maria Edgeworth (1768-1849) between 1818-31.


Factory focus pays off for H&R Daniel porcelain collection

27 November 2023

Porcelain from short-lived Staffordshire firm comes from collector and dealer who revived the market


Atmospheric places to shop for antiques in Shropshire and Somerset

27 November 2023

The Times recently ran a feature on seven of the most atmospheric towns in the UK in which to do your Christmas shopping for one-off gifts, maybe combining this joysome activity with a weekend break. Here are some art and antiques options in two of them, Ludlow in Shropshire and Frome in Somerset.


The draw of a great sapphire and a great atelier

20 November 2023

Kashmir sapphires have acquired a near-legendary status, due to their lustrous cornflower colour, soft velvety texture and extreme rarity.


Back in Birmingham for a new NEC fair

20 November 2023

Dealers hail return to Midlands venue a year after closure of popular Antiques for Everyone events


Flood fund raiser will return to Shrewsbury

20 November 2023

To help raise funds for a flood appeal at the West Midlands Showground in Shrewsbury, local fair organisers Emma and Oli Jones, aka JOS Events held a special ‘yard’ sale there earlier this month.


Four-legged friends help Fulton to a four-year high

20 November 2023

The artist Samuel Fulton (1855-1941) painted portraits of people and horses but by far his favourite subject was dogs.