Among them are Brian Ashbee and Wesley Wotruba, coming armed with around 250 pieces of Burmantofts Pottery. Ashbee has been amassing these works for several years and describes it as “a neglected area of collecting…It has a fascinating history, it’s very colourful and looks stunning in a modern setting, despite being over 100 years old”.
The Burmantofts Pottery Company of Leeds flourished in the late 19th century and many of the handmade works reflect an interest in ancient and oriental pieces. At the fair, Ashbee has priced these pieces from £60-1500.
Other exhibitors at the fully booked event include Jack Shaw with period silver, and jewellers Plaza and Roger De Ville bringing early English pottery.