This 19th century hexagonal terracotta fireplace tile decorated with the striking profile of a medieval warrior costs £500 with tile dealer Mark van Veen, organiser of the Nottingham Tile Fair. The tile was formerly owned by the dealer Benoît Fay whose 2000-plus tile collection is in the Terra Rossa ceramics museum in Salarnes on the Côte d’Azur.

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Mark van Veen, based in the Netherlands, is the fair’s new organiser and is a second generation dealer in European antique tiles.

The next event on Saturday, October 7 at St Jude’s Church Hall in Dapperly is chosen for its date and proximity to IACF Newark and Arthur Swallow’s October fairs.

The exhibitors include Adrian Grater from London, who stands at Portobello specialising in British decorative tiles from 1870-1970, and Kiek and Hein de Jong from Holland.

The latter are in their eighties and have travelled to stand at the fair for nearly 20 years. They have also visited the Swinderby and Newark fairs for 30 years to find tiles for their collection, as well as silver and lace for sale at a collectors’ fair in Utrecht.

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