Up for discussion is this hanging lamp – a scene from the Grande Foire à la Brocante, held regularly in the ancient town of Pézenas in the Languedoc Roussillon region of southern France.

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Irish businesses

In Ireland, I went to see former architect Grahame Booth of the Natural Room Emporium, an antiques and vintage business with an Irish focus run from his home in Killinchy in Co Down.

I combined this visit with two more Irish dealers, Dee Brophy and Domhnall Ó Gairbhí, who both have space at The Storeyard, an award-winning antiques centre at Portlaoise in Co Laois.

In Co Wexford, dealer Chantal Fortune, who has a passion for antique Irish lace, ran the third of her annual antiques fairs at the Wells House and Gardens near Kilmuckridge.