The event hosts 43 exhibitors offering pieces in the theme of ‘Garden as Gallery’.
Fitting that subject, a wide supply of classic garden antiques is on offer, such as a selection of stone urns from Simon Wharton Antiques by Garnkirk and various other makers.
Slightly more unusual offerings in the same vein include a pair of composite stone Afghan hounds, c.1950, which Martin D Johnson Antiques offers for £1500.
Other highlights include a 19th century Gustavian clock secretaire from the historical province of Angermanland in northern Sweden. It is offered by The Swedish Room for £4200. Dry scraped to the original early paint, it retains its period hardware and clock mechanism.
A tall mid-20th century jug and matching cocktail tumblers, in gold, opaque and hand-painted enamel, is available for £145 from Tania Fawcett of The Vintage Entertainer.
Among the first-time exhibitors this year are Joseph Berry Interiors of Surrey, Portico Antiques & Interiors of Sussex, S Paege & Marina Adinolfi from London and The Antique French Chair & Sofa Company.
Fellow first-timer Thomas Spencer Fine Art (also see 5 Questions) comes fresh from his first appearance at Connect in London.
Other exhibitors include La Place Antiques, The French Collection and Hiscock & Shepherd. Visitors can expect to find a mix of furniture, lighting, mirrors, porcelain, fine art and much more.
The Bath fair is run by Sue Ede and Peter Hodder of Cooper Events, who acquired the fair from founder Robin Coleman in 2011.
This year the fair’s opening coincides with that of TEFAF Maastricht and, like the Dutch fair, Bath typically kicks off its trade day with a queue snaking up to the doors of its venue, The Pavilion.
Such a clash of dates will not cause conflict for potential visitors to the Bath fair due to the gulf in price points between the two events.
However, its sister fair in Bruton, which usually runs at the Haynes Motor Museum every autumn, has been put on hold this year due to a date clash with the Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea – another of the top events in this category.
Organisers are planning for Bruton to return in 2021.