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Although the event started out with a very strong leaning to antique pottery and porcelain, increasingly over the years the emphasis has shifted to include more contemporary work and more glass.

For its 18th showing this year, from January 19-22, a total of 28 exhibitors from Europe and round the US will be standing. They bring a mix spanning the 16th century to pieces made just last year. The fair will also feature its usual lecture programme which covers subjects such as What a long strange trip it’s been: American Ceramics from Fictional to Funk, an exploration by Jeaninne Falino, to A discovery of 18th century true porcelain in Philadelphia and other tales of ceramic intrigue by author and archaeologist Robert Hunter.

Among the early English ceramics on sale will be this pair of 15½in (40cm) high First Period Worcester porcelain frill vases, c.1768-70, one of which is signed To for John Toulouse. They are priced at $29,500 on Leo Kaplan’s stand.