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It is 16th century furniture and dresser bases in particular where he has noticed attention recently, he tells ATG during the lead-up to the show at his gallery, Suffolk House Antiques.

He says: “The trend for early furniture is partly due to fashion but, generally speaking, collectors today want the best.

“There was a time when people were buying pieces of secondary quality for their weekend homes. That market has cooled off now and they want only the highest quality.”

The 100 or so pieces included in the exhibition have been sourced from auctions, the trade and – wherever possible – private owners. Singleton adds that he avoids buying from the big fairs so that customers coming to his shop will be encountering the offerings for the first time. These exhibitions are about finding something new.

The show continues until July 1, timed to coincide with the nearby Aldeburgh Music Festival (June 9-25).

Pieces are available to view on the website already. Many of these have already been spoken for, though more pieces will be added to the online catalogue until doors open.

suffolk-house-antiques.co.uk